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Study Reports that Students Dissatisfied with High School Guidance Counselors « Murphy College Consultants LLC

March 7, 2010

Reference the article below for some interesting statistics on high school counselors. They are spread mighty thin. Not the fault of the counselors, they don’t hire additional counselors when the work load is too large.

We were at an ACT seminar last year and the figure for Florida varied by school district, but they weren’t any better than the statistics in the article. Some districts were worse.

Study Reports that Students Dissatisfied with High School Guidance Counselors « Murphy College Consultants LLC.

Get Into College or University Easier

July 8, 2009

Get into college or university easier. There is a big difference between when your parents had to do something to gain admission and what they had to do and how this applies to today’s student.

When I was graduating from high school in 1956 we started thinking about college in February of 1956 or later. Today by February of your senior year most colleges and universities have already accepted students and have granted admission, some scholarships and other forms of aid, and their incoming freshman class maybe full, you may only get into college after May when the early appliers who have been accepted by more than one college have to choose which school they are going to select to attend.

There wasn’t much  thought of scholarships in 1956, my memory maybe faulty but I remember college being relatively affordable. This was before the federal government’s involvement in higher education.

College prices have increased mostly from the federal government furnishing loans and the government’s involvement in currency depreciation. The cost of college has increased as government loans have increased in size. The same applies to housing prices. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has an inflation calculator that will show you the effects of currency devaluation (inflation). If your tuition is $4,000 in 2009 that equates to $508.75 in 1956 dollars for a year at college. As a multiplier for each $1000 of tuition costs in 2009 multiply $127.49 by the number of thousands to covert to 1956 prices.

There are many sources for information about getting into college or university at bargain basement rates, but most sources only cover one area, so you have to search all over for more information. We have an e-book about the secrets to college or university admission which cover the areas you need to cover and some free reports. The e-book was written for public school, private school, and home school students. We suggest that college and universiy planning starts as early as 4th grade. Get the book to see how to be worth at least $1,000,000 more after college.

Florida School Grades and Graduation Rates

July 7, 2009

Want to know how the public schools did on state tests. Here is a blog on that process. In the high schools the overall math scores improved while the the scores for reading, writing, and science were lower. You can get Florida school grade cards on FL public schools here.

Graduation rates are another interesting statistic, Education Week shows the Florida graduation rate is 57.5% in the year 2005-2006 with the national average being 69.2%. These figures might have been good 50 or 75 years ago. Even New York which many hold up as an example only does about 10% better. FL officials calculate this differentlyand do not appear to be very happy with Education Week figures.

Florida & Tampa Bay schools blog – The Gradebook.

Florida Student Scholarship and Grant Programs

June 11, 2009

The Florida Legislature has made some changes to the Bright Futures Scholarship and Grant Programs. The details are found in the link below. The effective date is July 1, 2009 and starts for years 2009-2010. It is still the only merit program supported by Florida


Florida Student Scholarship and Grant Programs.