Brown University Ranking (Consistently Worst in Ivy Leagues)

Brown University has the distinct misfortune of consistently receiving the worst ranking amongst Ivy League schools in the highly regarded US News and World Reports rankings that are released annually. In the Best Colleges 2010 edition Brown came in at the number sixteen overall spot in terms of the most highly prized category of National Universities Rankings. For the 2010 rankings Brown finished one spot behind fellow Ivy League school Cornell University. Unfortunately for the good folks at Brown being affiliated with such a prestigious group as the Ivy League means accepting the reality that when competing in an objective ranking system with such highly regarded institutions at least one member will have to come in last place.

Being a top twenty American university (and in this specific instance a top sixteen university) is certainly no small feat. In fact, the case can easily be made that all of the top tier schools are outstanding institutions of higher education that provide tremendous resources for the brightest students on the planet. Parents all over the world would love to be able to give their children the opportunity to attend the top universities in America.

Brown University, located in Providence Rhode Island, has a storied history that dates back to pre-Revolutionary War days in a time before the United States of America even existed. Founded in 1764 by Baptist, Brown University has been both a proud member of the Colonial Colleges (recognizing the nine oldest North American institutions of higher learning) and the Ivy League which formally adopted the Ivy title only as recently as 1954 to distinguish the athletic conference in which eight academically focused members compete.

The eight schools that make up the Ivy League along with their 2010 US News and World Report ranking are:

  1. Harvard University (tied for number 1: 2010 US News and World Report rank),
  2. Princeton University (tied for number 1: 2010 US News and World Report rank),
  3. Yale University (number 3: 2010 US News and World Report rank),
  4. University of Pennsylvania (number 4: 2010 US News and World Report rank),
  5. Columbia University (number 8: 2010 US News and World Report rank),
  6. Dartmouth College (number 11: 2010 US News and World Report rank),
  7. Cornell University (number 15: 2010 US News and World Report rank), and finally
  8. Brown University (number 16: 2010 US News and World Report rank).

As evident by the co-number one spots (this year Harvard and Princeton) there are ties in the rankings. Also of note is the fact that clearly the Ivy League schools do not simply make up the entire list from positions one through eight. Sprinkled throughout the top sixteen spots are well respected non-Ivy League schools like:

  • Stanford (number 4: 2010 US News and World Report rank),
  • Duke (number 10: 2010 US News and World Report rank),
  • Washington University in St. Louis (number 12: 2010 US News and World Report rank), and
  • Johns Hopkins University (number 14: 2010 US News and World Report rank) among others.

Over the past ten …

Online College Degrees – A Simple Direction

The internet has spoken about so many wonderful things in terms of communications and information discrimination. Many schools today are beginning to recognize the importance of the internet in the pursuit of education. This is why taking an online college degree is now becoming a thing of the future.

If you are a fulltime employee or busy family parent, you may find it difficult to balance your life well enough to make space for pursuing a college degree. This may be because you are thinking of education in a very traditional sense wherein you would have to drive to a college campus and actually attend classes and lectures. But if you want an alternative way to learn, online education is now something you can easily avail of.

By taking an online degree you are faced with the advantages of working on your degree requirements at your own time and pace. You will be given a curriculum and syllabus to follow, but since its approach is one of more independent learning, you will find that all it takes is some discipline and hard work on your part to finish your degree.

Before taking your degree it is very important that you choose the right school and a course that is accredited and recognized. Next, make sure this new pursuit is affordable. Aside from tuition and books, an online education entails a good internet connection and a good computer as well. Once you have everything in place, your college chosen, your costs paid, and your computer and connection ready, then you can start your online education degree. …

The Value of the Unpaid Internship

After a grueling initial interview, you have reached the second interview stage and you find out the position is going to come down between you and two other applicants. Each of you possess similar credentials from credible academic institutions, held office in a couple of academic clubs, and sport impressive GPAs. The Department Manager reviews the resumes one more time and decides on one of your competitors.

Why did they pick him / her? Because last summer, while you were soaking up the sun and surf in San Diego, your competition was gaining valuable on-the-job experience, volunteering their time through an unpaid internship. Even though all of the paid internships through the Placement Office were taken, there was another little-used option … the unpaid internship. If you are still looking for a strategy that can help your career in the long run, consider these factors about an unpaid internship:

REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE

Training costs are a major factor considered by business entities when making hiring decisions. Department Managers want to be sure that (1) you can be brought up to speed on job duties quickly, (2) you can successfully function in the corporate culture. An internship targeting your career path can provide you valuable real-world experience that your resume writer can use to give your resume the edge over the competition.

Additionally, your future employer only has to check your references to learn that you take direction well and respond to supervisor input … factors many employers wish they had known about recent college graduates before the hiring decision was made.

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES

We’ve all heard the phrase “It’s not what you know … it’s WHO you know.” Being ejected from a bachelor degree program without any connections puts you behind the proverbial eight ball right away. Working an internship gives you the opportunity to build your network within the industry even before you are available for permanent hire.

While your internship employer may not be in a hiring mode at the time, they may be able to point you in the right direction … and even put in a good word for you. Imagine the weight this can carry in a close competition with another graduate.

SHOW YOUR DEDICATION

Want to “WOW”an interviewer? Tell him how you volunteered your time in the summer to learn the industry and position specifics … and that you did it for nothing! Congratulations … you have immediately communicated your dedication and seriousness to your career in the eyes of your interviewer. Now, when you convey to them that you are looking to be a serious player in the company and the profession, it is backed by your willingness to sacrifice your free time to do so.

CAREER COMPATIBILITY

Let’s not forget “you” in this equation. How do you know if this career path is for you? Does the profession have inherent characteristics you wouldn’t find out about in a classroom setting? Your internship just might show you that this path isn’t for …

Photo Fantasy Sports Revolution

Just when you may have thought fantasy sports reached a point of over saturation, a new frontier is upon us. With hundreds of teams in each of the major college sports, fantasy competition is rising to a whole new level with the inclusion of college football and college basketball. This really is no surprise given the popularity of these college sports and the popularity of fantasy contests in general. It's development has also been aided by the demand created by daily fantasy sports websites where one can compete for cash. Fantasy sports contests for cash prizes are legal in most US States and on a federal level. At a Federal level fantasy sports is defined and exempted by the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) because it is considered a game of skill as opposed to chance.

Nowadays many sports fanatics participate in fantasy contests from their computers at home and at work. Due to advances in mobile technology and user friendliness, participants are now capable of entering contests, editing lineups and tracking player performances from their mobile device as well. All this adds up to a larger market that also has greater access to online sports competitions among friends or strangers. College football and basketball is essentially going to fill this void created by the increasing and already large demand. One can then expect for media and marketing corporations to utilize this opportunity as an advertisement medium which should help compound the popularity of college fantasy sports. This translates into billions of dollars worth in revenue and will revolutionize the way sports are viewed.

When fantasy sports first became popular on a main level, it changed the way games were televised. Now every televised game that has fantasy implications demonstrations graphics with player stats during the game. Player statistics from other games are also shown – usually on a scroll at the bottom of the television screen. This will also be done for college football and college basketball games that are televised. As you may know, the NCAA has strict regulations for college sports programs and their athletes with regards to compensation for performance. It will be interesting to see if the NCAA will revisit these restrictions as a result of the increase in popularity. All the major daily fantasy websites have recently begun providing college football and college basketball contests. Therefore it is still in the early stages. …

Think Music Theory Is Too Hard? Here’s Why

In my opinion (as a 35+ year music professional), music theory is taught in the most confusing and painful way imaginable. One example of this, students are often confronted with multiple sets of systems to described the same thing in different classes.

For example, Scale Degrees are referenced using numbers (0-9) in private lessons, roman numerals (both upper and lower case) in analysis, terms like Tonic, Submediant, Dominant, etc. when you get to theory class, and something called “Solfege” (Do-Re-Mi) in ear training. Too often the student has no idea all these systems are referring to the same basic thing, scale degrees. And this is just one example!

Scale Degree Naming Schemes…

  • Numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Names: Tonic, Supertonic, Mediant, Subdominant, Dominant, Submediant, Leading Tone
  • Roman: I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII
  • Solfege: Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti

Can Music Theory be made easier to understand?

Yes it can. All it really takes is boiling theory down to its simplest form. Then, present it in a uniform way, much easier to understand. For example. Let’s take a better approach to Scale Degree presentation mentioned above.

Instead of using different systems for private lessons, analysis, music theory class, and ear training, we could use standard numbers (0-9) for all of them. We’ve removed the obstacles of having to learn solfege (including all the solfege names for notes not in the scale), english names for each scale degree, proper use of upper and lower case roman numerals, etc., BEFORE any functionality of music can be learned. We get right down to business using a system every student is already familiar with, the numbers 0-9. Again, this is just one example.

With consistency across the board, all of this can be learned and retained easily. If planning on attending college where all these terms will be needed, you can always learn these terms and systems AFTER you understand how music works. Believe me, it is MUCH EASIER that way!

As indicated before, this is only one example how something that can be explained so simply has become unnecessarily complex.

So, the solution is to make music theory simpler, not the current trend of making it harder. I believe the study of how music works can be reduced to these two basic concepts… First, learn the major scale. Then, use the major scale to learn everything else. Sounds pretty simple to me!…

Receiving The Best Online College Degree

Education through correspondence has now evolved into education, thanks to the Internet technology. The technology has enabled colleges to bring education to your doorstep and instantly. It has also added the advantage of enabling you to study in virtual classroom thereby breaking the monotony that can set in.

Today people from all walks of life are opting for the best online college degree. The section of people interested is varied. We have people who are homemakers, retired individuals as well as young mothers signing up for best online college degree to study and get a degree in a subject of their choice. The participants on best online college degree are not limited to this section alone. One will be surprised to see the number of working people opting for the best online college degree to pursue their bachelors, master's and other courses. Many professionals are found to be enrolling for these courses as soon as they start on a job. They continue to complete courses on after the other on fast track mode and so keep submitting qualification and value to their resume.

If you are a professional or a young executive, in the current business scenario you would need skills sets and qualifications in multiple disciplines to be able to progress in your career. An accountant for example can apply for the best online college degree in accounting, as well as another course in operations or marketing. This enables him to grow beyond his functional job and rise up further in general management.

A search on the internet will throw up a huge list of colleges offering the best online college degree. Such a huge listing can leave you often confused on which is the best college to apply to.

A detailed search will reveal to you the different types of colleges and institutions that are offering the best online degrees. While you have the traditional universities and colleges offering you the best degrees with the same curriculum and syllabus as their regular course, there are other schools, which specialize in niche subjects like music, arts, film etc. which are offered by independent schools which specialize only in the specific area. Yet another type of colleges offering the best degrees online are newly set up institutions promoting only online education. They are upcoming new establishments. There is yet another category of frauds that also offer fake certificates.

Which institution you choose to apply to for the best online degree will depend upon your specific requirement. If you are looking for a professional degree which is accredited and valued in the industry, the best option would be to apply to the traditional schools offering the best online college degree. If you are looking to study a specific subject only to acquire knowledge and do not require a degree for professional purposes, you may choose the institution which offers specialized best online college degree.

At any cost, do avoid the fraudulent ones, which tempt you with the best online college degree. …

College Coaching

Do you coach college tennis?

Because if you do, you will want to read this article.

I would like to talk about college tennis coaching and the problems that I see happening in it now.

Many college tennis players will not be playing professional tennis, and that should not be their goal for going to college.

The goal is to reach their full potential as a player.

I have been watching video of college matches and teams and asking around to a few Japanese players that played in the US.

My next step is to go to a US college tournament and get a close-up view, of what is happening and then I will be able to make some more suggestion for them.

But, for now, there are a few things that I can address in this post.

And I hope you will share them.

They are.

College coaches need to make sure that the system that they have in place, is helping their players reach their full potential.

That's really all that matters.

"If not, revise your system today or create a better one for next season."

The ideal situation is to keep updating the one that you have in place right now.

College coaches have to step up their coaching game, so we can get more of these kids ready for the tour if they have the game for going that far.

Speaking of which.

Players should leave early, but only if they are mentally ready !!

"The level is so different and stronger on tour, but all college players who are dominating their opponents or the league they are playing in, can leave after 2 or 3 years and take their game to the tour."

The other problem is,

I wish coaches would understand that.

They are not coaching tennis at this stage of their careers.

What they are actually coaching is the mental game.

And most do not have a clue on how to coach it, instead, they are full of themselves.

Seriously, I watch these guys and hear many of them talk on Social Media.

So, this is something that I know about first hand.

All these guys need to start studying the mental game more, even become a student of coaching it and learn how to master coaching it.

And they should do this before they do anything else in their careers.

They owe it to their players, schools and the game itself.

Let's leave it there for now, shall we?

Bottom line,

They have to drop their EGOS and start focusing on getting results !! …

Some Interesting Rankings of MBA Programs

Many organizations, including business magazines, newspapers and Internet sites publish lists of Universities offering MBA programs that are supposedly the best in the country. If you compare such lists, you find that many of the same schools appear on them, although not ranked in the same order on all lists. These are usually schools with national reputations and their names are well known in many parts of the world. Sadly, excellent schools offering good MBA programs have no chance to be including in these rankings. Some of the schools not included may, in fact, be more suitable for some students than the nationally known schools.

If you attach too much credibility to rankings published by periodicals such as Bloomberg Business Week, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal, you may miss many opportunities to find an MBA program that fits your needs best. You must also understand that these lists rank the business school and not the school’s MBA program. Many schools offer full-time, part-time, and executive MBA classess. Distance Learning programs are now growing in popularity. A school’s full-time program may be taught by highly qualified professors while its part-time program is taught by adjuncts without terminal degrees.

It is interesting to look at the way MBA schools and programs rank if we compare them on a single characteristic such as student quality or starting salary of graduates. In this article we look at three rankings based on data reported by a large number of MBA schools.

The first ranking criterion is selectivity, or a measure of how many applicants are rejected by an MBA program. One must take this criterion with some skepticism. A school that rejects a large number of applicants because many of them are unqualified may rank higher than a school that rejects fewer applicants because it gets a small number of them but most are very good candidates. From a list of top 40 MBA programs out of 928 programs reporting as of January 2011, the first few most selective programs were:

Indian Institute of Technology’s Master of Management program – India – 99

University of Dhaka’s Full-Time MBA – Bangladesh – 97

Chaminade University of Honolulu’s MBA Evening Program – US – 95

National University of Singapore’s Part-Time MBA – Singapore -95

National University of Singapore’s The NUS MBA – Singapore -93

HFU Hochschule Furtwangen University’s Executive MBA – Germany -90

Lahore University of Management Sciences’s Full-Time program – Pakistan — 90

The two schools at the bottom of the list of 40 schools both ranked as #35 were

Simon Fraser University’s MBA – Canada – 75

TiasNimbas Business School’s 2-year Part-Time MBA – Netherlands – 75

A second ranking criterion is recruiting, the number of companies interviewing MBA students on campus prior to graduation. It is important to understand that a large number of recruiters does not mean a large number of job offers and a large number of interviews does not always mean talking to the best companies. A lot …

Key Qualities And Skills A Good Career Counselor Should Have

Nowadays, a lot of young people still have a hard time finding out which career path to take. They usually have a problem with this because their interests and skills set do not match. Or the teenager’s parents or whoever will be financially supporting their college education want them to take a course that unfortunately, they do not like or have an interest in.

In such instances, teenagers can benefit greatly by talking with and seeking advice from career counselors. These counselors specialize in helping point clients, especially young ones, in the right direction of finding the appropriate career path for them. They will assess their clients using certain tests and interviews to get an idea of where their talents or interests lie. After getting the results, they will make the suitable career suggestions depending on the answers the client gave during the testing and interviews.

The right career counselor to go to though should not just be competent in giving out tests and handling interviews. He or she should have certain key qualities and traits that should include the following:

A genuine interest in others and with helping them. A good career counselor should have the drive and energy to sit with people through their best and worst. He or she should be fully present when listening to their clients’ stories, however difficult or long they are. Keep in mind that a good career counselor should always have a sustained commitment to facilitating human-to-human connection and positive transformation.

Good listening skills. Effective listening is a key skill any counselor should have. A good career counselor should not only to listen to what is being said, but how it is said, why it is being said, and what it means in the context of a particular client. The ideal career counselor should also be able to listen “between the lines,” for those things that are not being said by the client. This is because what a client omits from a session can speak just as clearly as what is communicated out loud. In addition, a good counselor should know how to listen without passing judgment or evaluation.

Authenticity and accessibility. Lastly, a counselor should not only be accessible to their clients in order to gain their trust, but he or she needs to be genuine and empathetic as well when listening and communicating with the clients. The best career counselor should be adept at developing a genuine empathetic connection with each client so that the counseling process can move forward and the counselor-client relationship can become stronger and more effective.

Read more useful articles regarding career counseling here.…

3 Ways to Ensure Your Success in College Through Effective Home Time Management

Life Will not Stop Because You Need to Study!

Because of that, while there are many things you can do to make life easier while you're in college, getting your home under control will be one of the main ones. And that's especially true for nontraditional students. This article highlights 3 ways to ensure your success in college with effective home time management.

1.) Make Time for Studying / Research / Projects

Even though you have midterms coming up … let's face it … kids need help with homework, jelly needs mopped up off the floor, and laundry still needs washed (it's OK to look like you've been studying all week, but please do not smell like it). Not to mention these people expect food multiple times each day.

So, here's what I did … at the beginning of each semester I would take all of my syllabi and record all assignments, tests, and quizzes into my handy-dandy planner on both the monthly and weekly portions. That cave me, at a glance, a good look at what I had coming up for the following week and month.

With this information I could plan meals, housecleaning, and time with kids so that I got done what I needed to get done while ensuring I had adequate time for studying.

For instance, the Sunday before midterm week I may make a big pot of spaghetti sauce then plan menus for that week such as:

· Monday: Leftover spaghetti

· Tuesday: Lasagna (made ahead on Sunday)

· Wednesday: Leftover Lasagna

· Thursday: Shepherd's Pie (How long does it take to boil potatoes?)

· Friday: Chicken Parmesan (Crockpot)

· Sat: Pizza and vegging out on couch … cause I deserve it

Think about how much time that planning saved me … time that could then be redirected towards the major goal that week … Midterms.

2.) Make Time for Family

There are not a whole lot of things that can derail determination like guilt can.

Picture this … you've planned all week long to use Saturday to catch up on your studying. Saturday morning, however, Harmony wakes up and decides she wants more than anything else in the whole wide world to go to the park today … as a matter of fact, her life will be over if she can not. You … knowing you really need to study … do the responsible thing and say "No." This leads to intestinal guilt which not only lasts with you but magnifies to the point where you're not getting any studying accomplished anyway so you decide to go ahead and take Harmony to the park.

One way to make sure that this does not happen is to … again … look at the week ahead. You should be able to get a clear picture all that life will be throwing your way in the next 7 days. If it would help you while learning this new technique get … and make sure to use … …