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Supporting Your Students in Making an Objective College Decision

This lesson will provide a detailed overview of how to support students and their families in making informed college decisions using free web-based tools. The presenters will discuss what their research and experience have revealed to be critically important to making truly informed decisions. They will also review also common myths and misconceptions, and describe seven key questions that can guide the college choice process.

Lesson Objectives

After completing this lesson, participants will be able to:

  • Reflect on how physically visiting a college campus can impact the college decision-making process
  • Understand how objective data from freely available websites can be accessed and utilized without being overwhelming
  • Discuss common myths and misconceptions of parents and students about college

Lesson Deliverables

To complete this lesson, participants will:

  • Attend the live Supporting Your Students in Making an Objective College Decision webinar, hosted by Richard Lapan of University of Massachusetts Amherst and Tim Poynton of University of Massachusetts Boston, on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 2:00 PM.                                   
    Register here
  • Download a copy of the Supporting Your Students in Making an Objective College Decision webinar slides (coming soon)
  • Read MEFA's blog, Researching Colleges When You Can't Visit Campus
  • Explore the College Search tool in MEFA Pathway after creating a free student account

Complete the MEFA Institute Evidence of Learning Form to earn 1 PDP for this lesson.

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