In Wake of State Aid Cuts, Public Colleges Appeal to their Alumni

January 15, 2011

Sometimes for the first time, public colleges are reaching out to their alumni due to drastic funding cuts imposed by state legislatures. The reaction in some cases has been less than warm. In contrast to private colleges, many of which have an established culture of belonging and giving back, with rare exceptions (like the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Michigan) public colleges have not developed in their alumni a desire to contribute to the school. For example, SUNY-Geneseo surveyed its alumni and found that many had deep feelings for the school; however, when asked to contribute, the reaction was silence: many thought that the State of New York funded the school entirely, while in reality the state contribution was only 25% of costs, and dropping. In some cases, alumni do not want to be seen as a source to make up for a lack of funding from the state for things like maintaining the infrastructure, but want to actually make a difference. Fund raising is now becoming big business at public colleges, and based on the level of state funding, this is a change that will likely last.

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Don’t Let Summer Pass You By!

While many think of the summer as a time to relax, hit the beach and do anything but something academic, summer is the best time to explore potential academic majors and careers. You can learn more about this at your local library. Take advantage of the down time to up your game. You will be glad you did.

 

In Memory of Diane Gallo

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our co-founder Diane Gallo. Diane, a beloved independent educational consultant who went above and beyond for the students she served and their families, will be greatly missed. She was a great colleague and friend to all. If you had been working with Diane, please reach out to her husband Michael Gallo with a written request for a refund of any monies that may be owed to you at 43 Hillside Avenue, Glen Rock, NJ 07452.

 

Did You Know?

Looking to apply Early Action (EA) or Early Decision (ED) to college this year? Many high school guidance counselors require students to provide their completed application two weeks prior to the deadline. This allows the guidance counselor enough time to complete the school forms and submit them in a timely manner. For the unprepared student this can be quite a shock. Suddenly that November 15 deadline becomes November 1. The best way to reduce your stress level is to ask your guidance office what they need and when they need it. Less surprise equals a smoother process for you and your guidance counselor.

 

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