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Upfront: Observations & Advice

Did you know? Major American colleges and universities were established to teach the Gospel and describe the basis and reasoning for good citizenship. (See how far Harvard University has strayed from its original Rules and Precepts America's God and Country: Encyclopedia of Quotations Pages 280-281)

"To give to every citizen the information he needs for the transaction of his own business; To enable him to calculate for himself, and to express and preserve his ideas, his contracts and accounts, in writing; To improve, by reading, his morals and faculties; To understand his duties to his neighbors and country, and to discharge with competence the functions confided to him by either; To know his rights; to exercise with order and justice those he retains; to choose with discretion the fiduciary of those he delegates; and to notice their conduct with diligence, with candor, and judgment; And, in general, to observe with intelligence and faithfulness all the social relations under which he shall be placed." --Thomas Jefferson, Report of the Commissioners for the University of Virginia, 1818 

The Crumbling Foundation of Academic Freedom - By Douglas Andrews - American colleges and universities are more hostile today than ever toward those who don't embrace progressive ideology. ...On Monday, Kaufmann published an exhaustive 195-page report on the topic titled

'Academic Freedom in Crisis: Punishment, Political Discrimination, and Self-Censorship," which he says is the first of its kind to investigate these topics while relying on survey responses from both the perpetrators and the targets of discrimination. Fortunately, he also published a much more manageable executive summary, whose graphs, charts, and main findings show just how hostile an environment the traditional university has become for non-leftists and free-thinkers generally, with routine discrimination in hiring, promotion, grants, and publications.  ...In the U.S. and Canada, academics on the left outnumber those on the right by a ratio of 14 to 1."

 

Critical Race Theory is an outgrowth of the European Marxist school of critical theory, critical race theory is an academic movement which seeks to link racism, race, and power. Unlike the Civil Rights movement, which sought to work within the structures of American democracy, critical race theorists challenge the very foundations of the liberal order, such as rationalism, constitutional law, and legal reasoning. Critical race theorists argue that American social life, political structures, and economic systems are founded upon race, which (in their view) is a social construct.

      CriticalRace.org is a resource for parents and students concerned about how Critical Race Theory, and implementation of Critical Race Training, impacts education. We have compiled the most comprehensive database to empower parents and students. We have researched and documented Critical Race Training in over 200 colleges and universities in the United States. The website explains Critical Race Theory itself and provides resources to learn more. Additionally, it allows users to look up the steps their school has taken to mandate Critical Race Training in different parts of the college experience, from changing academic codes of conduct to funding "equity" projects. Not all of the colleges and universities in this database and map have Critical Race Training.

Historic United Effort Will Bring National Awakening Among Youth - By Larry Tomczak - ...A National Movement Engaging Students Here's the great news for parents, students and pastors: a free online tool, CampusMinistryLink.org is now available to effectively connect youth to a campus ministry and/or church before they even arrive on campus. This tool was specifically designed to help students flourish in their faith and be surrounded by Christ-centered friendships, while being discipled and sharing the love of Jesus with their peers. A video on the Youth Leader page shows how a youth ministry was transformed. Some of the largest college ministries like CRU, Navigators, Intervarsity, Chi Alpha, RUF, Young Life College, Baptist Collegiate Ministries, FCA, along with a growing number of denominations and high school ministries have committed to the Campus Ministry Link project to ensure that no student is lost in this transition.

SpeechFirst.org - (News, Court Battles & more...) Stand with students to defend their constitutional rights. Students speech rights on campus are threatened on a regular basis. But the prospect of standing up to a school can be overwhelming, it can be expensive and time-consuming (not to mention awkward, since the student probably still wants a diploma at the end of the day). That's why most students don't take action. But what if students who wanted to stand up for free speech on campus were supported by like-minded students from all over the country? And what if those students were part of an organization that had the resources to fight back? Suddenly, it's not so daunting after all. That's why Speech First exists. By coming together, we've created a nationwide community of free speech supporters to reassure students that they won''t fight these cases alone and that they'll be supported every step of the way: on campus, in the media, and in court. We're a membership association of students, parents, faculty, alumni, and concerned citizens who've had enough of the toxic censorship culture on college campuses, and who want to fight back.

Resources to Help Students Keep the Faith in College (AffordableCollegeOnline.org) - Whether becoming an active member of a local religious group or taking part in a student organization, the following section highlights some of the common challenges faced by religious students and outlines ways to ensure the transition to a new environment doesn't mean they lose touch with their beliefs.

Negotiation Skills Explained: Tips & Success Strategies - The ability to negotiate is an essential skill for everyone. We make deals all the time ̶ at work, at the market, with our neighbors, and even with family members. So what are the basic rules, secret tactics, and success strategies that never fail? Check out our infographics to get a complete picture of the negotiation process.


Preparing for College Testing and Acceptance

o Excel at Taking the SAT and ACT Tests
o Which Extracurricular Activities Looks Best on My Application?
o Understanding College Entrance Examinations
o High School Student Checklists for College Preparation

o Freshman Year Advice From Students Just Like You

o What Are Vocational Schools? Research Resources and Career Paths

o Thinking Long Term? Planning to Go to Graduate School

o U.S. Dept. of Education: College Affordability and Transparency Center

o Academia.org - Accuracy in Academia, a non-profit research group based in Washington, D. C., wants schools to return to their traditional mission-the quest for truth. To promote this goal, AIA documents and publicizes political bias in education in Campus Report, its monthly newsletter. CR articles focus on:


Christian & Conservative

  • Christian Students Guide to College and Scholarships - While the reason behind each student's desire to attend a Christian college varies, researchers believe that the cost of tuition plays a big role. Found in the same article, the U.S. News reports that Christian colleges cost 20% less than other private universities.  Throughout this article, prospective students of Christian colleges or universities will find resources on how to choose a college, financial assistance options, and tips for finding scholarships.
       Similar to Bible colleges, however, non-secular colleges take pride in their faith and include it in their curriculum and culture. The main difference between non-secular and Bible schools is that those who attend a Bible college usually do so to become a pastor, missionary, or biblical studies educator. Non-secular, faith-affiliated institutions often offer the same range of degrees and areas of study as any other university, and can be used as a springboard into virtually any profession or career path. As a Christian student choosing a college, considering the different types of colleges, along with the tips listed below, can help you decide on a school to attend. 
       Thankfully, there are numerous types of scholarships available that prospective students can apply for. Check with each college to see if they offer institution-specific scholarships or other forms of financial assistance. Provided here are a few private scholarships you may want to consider applying for.

  • Gordon College is one of the nation's premier Christian colleges and located just north of Boston. Our affordable, flexible programs feature robust curriculum designed to help you achieve your career goals and make an immediate impact in your workplace. We offer students extraordinary access to leading-edge opportunities for intellectual, professional, and leadership development to address the increasingly complex challenges of a global society. Gordon stands apart from other outstanding institutions in New England by combining an exceptional education with an informed Christian faith.
       To ensure that our students can achieve their goals in a community of faith, we have: Affordable, flexible and convenient online program with six (undergraduate) or three (graduate) starting points throughout the year, making it easy for you to begin your degree whenever and wherever is best for your schedule and goals.
       In-demand degree programs with practical curriculum that prepares adult learners for new and emerging positions in their fields (our recent graduates work for companies like Apple, Google, Deloitte, HP and many others).
       Passionate faculty with impressive track records who are among the foremost authorities in their given fields and make the success of their students their top priority.
       A commitment to faith and its relation to your degree completion and career, helping us create a holistic vision that is focused on both your personal success and ability to help make the world a better place.
       Gordon College is consistently ranked a top college by Princeton Review, Forbes, Money Magazine, U.S. World and News Report and more. Gordon College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.
       Gordon is offering a $500 PER SEMESTER SCHOLARSHIP plus FREE BOOKS when you enroll in one of our online degree programs for Fall 2021. 

  • Best Online Degrees in Christian Counseling (AffordableCollegeOnline.org) - Christian counseling programs emphasize a combination of psychological practice and applying Christian tenets to best help advise members of the Christian community. There are several schools out there offering these online programs, so we've looked at data for each school regarding price, success rate, and student/teach ratio, and we've compiled a list of the best programs. Look to find the best online Christian counseling

  • Intercollegiate Studies Institute - Too many college students feel isolated or attacked for questioning progressive orthodoxy and the ever-narrowing range of debate on campus. We introduce them to the American tradition of liberty and to a vibrant community of students and scholars. Our students get an education and a community they don't find at their universities. And in the process they become articulate voices for the principles that made America free and prosperous.  programs.

  • CollegePlus is a Christian company that creates customized dual credit and bachelor's degree programs for students, based on their personality, learning style, and life purpose, then integrates personal coaching and mentoring to empower students to reach their educational and life goals, without the time constraints and debt burden of traditional college. 

  • Charisma's Best Universities, Colleges, and Schools - Plan & Prepare, Scholarships, College Life, Featured Schools, Find Your School

  • Online Christian Colleges Guide (AffordableCollegeOnline.org) - Affordable Colleges Foundation began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We have been featured by nearly 600 top universities in the United States, Canada, and the UK, and by dozens state and local government organizations.

  • Online Christian Colleges (AffordableCollegeOnline.org) - Colleges with religious affiliations can be found throughout the United States. In 2013, 970 faith-based institutions received regional or national accreditation, 570 of which were Christian, according to the Department of Education. This includes Catholic, Baptist, Methodist and Presbyterian schools, among a handful of others.

  • Online Learning with a Christian Influence - A Complete Guide. Students who want a quality education look for top-notch schools that offer the degrees they want, faculty that know their subject, and other points that make a school worthwhile. For those who have a strong Christian faith, that search goes further. Christian students might prefer to attend a Christian college simply to be surrounded by those of the same faith, and/or to learn in such a way that incorporates their religious beliefs.

  • truthXchange - Welcome to the home of truthXchange, where we turn spirituality inside out. What do we mean? We want to examine the two spiritualities we can choose from: worshiping and serving something inside creation, or worshiping a God who stands outside creation.

  • EveryStudent.com -- a safe place to explore issues about college, life, and what it might be like to know God.

  • The Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) was founded in 1979 as a voluntary, non-profit, self-governing organization to promote the welfare, interests, and development of postsecondary institutions whose mission is characterized by a distinctly Christian purpose, as defined in the agency's Foundational Standards.

  • Young America's Foundation - Committed to ensuring that increasing numbers of young Americans understand and are inspired by the ideas of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values.

  • Center for Popular Culture - FrontPage Magazine, & more - David Horowitz, President 7 Founder: David Horowitz's effort to bring true academic freedom to American college campuses and end the "one party state," of higher education is bearing tremendous fruit. Already, Ohio is considering enacting an Academic Bill of Rights and nine other states are also considering such measures. His chief opponents include the ACLU and CAIR (Council of American Islamic Relations).

  • Campus Crusade for Christ

  • Leadership University

  • Regent University School of Law - The university was founded for the specific purpose of preparing leaders who would not only succeed in their professions, but also advance as Christians equipped to effectively impact their world. It was that cause that brought 70 CBN University students together in 1978 to pursue their graduate degrees in communication, albeit in rented classroom space under the guidance of seven faculty members.

  • College students to explore ideas and information about God

  • Leadership Institute Media training for Conservatives

  • - Founded in 1979 by its president, Morton C. Blackwell, LI provides training in campaigns, fundraising, grassroots organizing, youth politics, and communications. The Institute teaches conservatives of all ages how to succeed in politics, government, and the media.

  • Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth (Book) - Ben Shapiro reveals how America's university system is one of the largest brainwashing machines on the planet. Examining this nationwide problem from firsthand experience, Shapiro shows how the leftists who dominate the universities use their power to mold impressionable minds.

  • ChristianConnector.com 'Virtual Christian College Fair' Finds a Niche- By Allie Martin - April 27, 2005 (AgapePress) - Students have a one-stop online shop where they can receive free information from Christian colleges nationwide. The ChristianConnector.com provides students with information from Christian colleges, graduate schools, seminaries, and missions organizations. Currently the website features information from more than 90 Christian colleges, and includes pages with tips on financial aid and admissions. Thom Seagren, who found ChristianConnector, says the site streamlines the work for students who are looking for information about Christian colleges. "It allows in essence ... being able to attend a Christian college fair right from your own home without ever leaving your home ..., rather than going to individual Christian colleges, one by one, online," Seagren explains. Via the Internet site, prospective students can browse individual school websites -- or they can take an even simpler route. "They can actually fill out one form in one place and have access to receiving information from over 90 different Christian colleges and universities across the country," the website's founder says. Seagren explains that he felt there was a need for a resource like ChristianConnector, where students could explore their options in the world of higher Christian education. "What we really represent ... is a bridge between a student who's seeking Christian college information and the Christian college [itself]," he says. "[F]rom my background of working in the admissions arena, I really saw that this is something that could be helpful to both parties, and for us to, in essence, fill in a gap between the student and the Christian college." Since it was established, more than 200,000 students have used the ChristianConnector's free services. Allie Martin, a regular contributor to AgapePress, is a reporter for American Family Radio News, which can be heard online.

  • FIRE - Foundation for Individual Rights in Education - The mission of FIRE is to defend and sustain individual rights at America's increasingly repressive and partisan colleges and universities. FIRE is working to protect individual rights through two Programs: the Individual Rights Defense Program and the Individual Rights Education Program. Ultimately, FIRE seeks to end the debilitating fatalism that paralyzes students and faculty by bringing public attention to the issue while providing protection to those who are now helpless in the face of abuses of power on campuses across the nation.

 


 

College Resources Guides, Financial Resources, Online College Resources, & roommates

  • Guide to Understanding College Life - This guide surveys major aspects of college life. It covers topics such as choosing a place to live, managing social activities, and navigating work and scholarship applications. The guide is intended to give potential college students an idea of what to expect in college. Our goal is to inform students about critical information regarding their college education and share different resources that will help set them up for success. Offering in depth information in several areas, including: How to settle into life at college and choose a place to live. How to register for classes. Tips for excelling academically. How students can engage in and manage social activities. An overview of job and scholarship opportunities.  Study.com is a leading online education resource making learning accessible for over 30 million students and educators a month.

  • How to Get Along With Your Roommate in College. Living on or off campus and moving in with a stranger. What makes a good roommate, how to be a good roommate, typical roommate problems and ways to handle them.

  • Studying with Friends: Why You Need a Study Buddy [+Tips] - Having a study buddy has many advantages. Of course, you can always study alone at home, but you’ll miss the numerous benefits that come from learning with a friend or two. In this article, our team will explain the most crucial advantages of having a study buddy. We’ll also explore the characteristics of a friend who can support you in your studies and how to nurture those qualities in yourself.

  • First Aid Kit for College Students: The Complete Guide - How the box should look, what first aid equipment you should put in it, and which medications you should include for any health conditions.

  • Minimalism for Students: Adopting a New Lifestyle in 7 Steps - In essence, minimalism is the art of living a simple yet fulfilled life. It can help remove distracting clutter and allow you to concentrate on things that have value and purpose. The sections provided cover the basic principles of minimalism and by following them, you can gradually become released from all the useless and meaningless stuff in your life and getting priorities in order.

  • 25 Websites Every Student Should Know About - To help navigate the uncertainty, we have collected 25 helpful websites for students. We�ve grouped them into 5 categories: websites on smart spending, education, productivity, life hacks, and must-have websites. The last group, must-have websites, lists the most useful multipurpose online study tools, which are helpful for any subject and any year of study.

  • Living on-Campus vs. off-Campus: a Comprehensive Guide (IvyPanda) - A guide (suggestions, tips, necessary documents, and so on) to help you decide whether to live on or off-campus. In the sections below, you'll see a thorough comparison of the options with tips and suggestions. Find out what documents you need to get a room in a dormitory or rent an apartment. There is also a checklist of things to consider before choosing accommodation. Also provided is an infographic: Living on-Campus vs. Living off-Campus

  • CollegeGuide.org - A one-stop source for information on choosing the right college, surviving and thriving at the college of your choice, and guidance and assistance beyond the undergraduate experience. These resources are designed for students, parents, guidance counselors, and anyone interested in the state of higher education in America today.  

  • College Scholarship Guide - The scholarship application process can be divided into certain stages. Here’s some scholarships advice for each of them. The guide includes advice from the teacher and college counselor on the scholarship application process, information on how helpful the scholarships are, a list of different types of scholarships, and other forms of financial aid for students.

  • Winning a College Scholarship: Ultimate Guide + Infographic - The different types of awards, where to start the scholarship search, and offers many useful resources to help along the way.

  • Financial Aid for Online Colleges (AffordableCollegeOnline.org) - Online Colleges that Accept FAFSA - If you qualify for financial aid, you should be able to receive those benefits at any school shown here. Use our Program Search Tool to find accredited schools where you can use your financial aid. You'll answer a few questions to determine what's most important to you in selecting an online program, and then you'll be shown schools that are a great match for you. Use the drop down menu and click "search now" to find your accredited, FAFSA-approved school.

  • "Money Saving Tips for College Students [2020]".  This guide covers every possible way to save money in college and teaches how to control spending.

  • College Degrees Online - Find the Top College Degrees Online At College Degrees Online, you will find online degree programs in the United States, sourced by data from the US Department of Education, NCES, every accrediting board in the US, the US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. In our database, we have over 2,400 different colleges with online degrees at some level. On this website, the best way to find an online degree is to either: search by state or search by degree program area. If you are trying to figure out what career path you want to take, you might consider viewing the highest paying career guide or the highest paying degrees.

  • TeachingDegrees.com (formerly TeacherDegrees.com) has been around for over a decade, providing a valuable resource for prospective teachers to figure out which degree or career might be best for them. In 2019, we relaunched the website, updated with accurate school listings and content written by college professors and former teachers with either their M.Ed. in Education or Ed.D. in Education.

  • ACCREDITED SCHOOLS ONLINE:EDUCATION ON YOUR TIME -  Online education used to be reserved for students enrolled at for-profit colleges and universities. Yet today, hundreds of schools with full accreditation make quality online learning a reality for millions. Whether in kindergarten, middle school or looking to move up with a master's, see how accredited online schools can make a difference.

  • Accredited Online Colleges Offering Religious Studies Degrees - A complete guide to online religious studies degrees. It's a resource for anyone interested in pursuing religious studies and covers all information about types of degrees, accreditation, and career paths. Prospective religious studies students should look for online programs with institutional or programmatic accreditation to ensure that they receive a high-quality education. The US Department of Education recognizes a number of faith-based programmatic accrediting agencies, such as The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.

  • Online Universities and Colleges Guidebook - Essential Information for Advancing Your Education and Career Through E-Learning. Online university programs and courses are becoming more prevalent and mainstream each year - a trend that's improving access to higher education considerably. Self-paced degree and certification programs, flexible scheduling and the removal of geographic barriers are making college a reality for remote students, full-time professionals and others who might not otherwise be able to attend. In turn, many are choosing online universities and colleges to improve their job and salary prospects. Begin your online university research with this comprehensive guidebook and see how you can leverage distance learning to help achieve your educational and career goals.

  • Most Affordable Online Colleges (AffordableCollegeOnline.org) - Schools which have demonstrated their ability to bring academic excellence to online students with a more manageable price tag. See which schools provide the most programs, services and financial aid options at the lowest rates with our ranking of the Most Affordable Online Colleges



Legal, Criminal Justice, Cybersecurity, more...

Choose the Best Online Master of Legal Studies Program for You for 2021 - An online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) and other legal studies master's programs may provide an advanced understanding of the laws, regulations and legal standards and procedures that affect businesses and organizations. These degree programs are typically designed for nonlawyers who seek knowledge in various areas of law including regulations, compliance, negotiations, human resources, law enforcement and more.   Students of master's in legal studies online programs come from diverse backgrounds. Schools may require students to have a bachelor's degree, though GRE scores may not be necessary. For MLS programs, students may take as few as one to three courses per term, allowing them to choose the graduate career pathway that is right for them. OnlineMasterofLegalStudies.com was created to help students research top master's legal studies online programs. With this page as your guide, you'll be able to understand what a master's in legal studies is, decide if an MLS is a good next step for your career and which program is best for your needs.

Online Criminal Justice Degrees - Criminal justice is a sprawling field that employs millions of Americans within its three branches: law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. While not all criminal justice professionals need to have a college education, many positions require a degree or prefer candidates who have one. You can earn a criminal justice degree at all levels of education, from a certificate up to a doctorate, and, in many cases, you can do it all online. Due to the increased popularity of online classes, most colleges and universities offer the criminal justice degree totally online. Most online classes are creatively developed so that students still have opportunities for internships [and] community service projects. And some online classes require students to interview professionals from the field.

National Paralegal College quality Internet-based education and training for students seeking careers in the paralegal field. (I.E. Freedom of Expression)

Criminal Justice Degree Research schools offering criminal justice degrees.  Contact the schools directly for more info.

Blackstone Legal Fellowship - This one-of-a-kind, in-depth summer leadership training program trains these young scholars in areas their law schools many times neglect the origins and intent of this nation's legal system and Constitution.

Best Online Bachelors in Criminal Justice (AffordableCollegeOnline.org) - This page helps aspiring criminal justice majors move their college and career forward in two ways. First, it provides a quick and easy way to search for online CJ programs from top colleges and universities across the country. This includes programs at multiple levels, and from myriad types of institutions. Second, it dissects the various higher educational journeys available in the field, from earning an associate degree online to seeking an advanced credential in the field. Find colleges and learn more about online degrees.

Best Online Masters in Criminal Justice (AffordableCollegeOnline.org) - Earning a degree in criminal justice is hard work, but figuring out the best school shouldn't be. To make it easier to filter through the many schools offering online programs, we have created a comprehensive ranking of the Best Online Master.s in Criminal Justice Degrees. Look through the rankings to find the best of the best.

Cybersecurity Employment Resources Scroll down this page for: Employment for cybersecurity professionals usually falls into one of two categories: government and private sector. Here are some of the agencies and companies that provide employment to cybersecurity and IT pros in both sectors.


Career and job exploring

o Explore Jobs, Majors, and Cities (Zippia.com) A job research site which has a lot of career pathway information.
o 25 Jobs with the Best Career Opportunities in the U.S. (August 14, 2019) Posted by Glassdoor Team
o Looking for a New Job (USA.gov) Find a Job, Find a Federal Government Job
o LinkedIn - Millions of jobs and people hiring
o Monster - We connect people and job opportunities.

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