College Planning Specialists

September 18, 2008

Unigo.com: Student Review Site Makes Choosing University That Much Easier

Unigo.com is a brilliant yet simple concept: poll thousands of college students on their universities. Have these students provide reviews and reports about everything the University has to offer. Describe academic and living conditions. Create audio and video resources; and package it all together so parents, students, and entrepreneurs can learn more about the institutions

Realtor’s Tool

If you have a great University or a concentration of great Universities within the region you sell you must consider this a strong selling point in real estate.

Unigo.com: Find, Review, Explore

Find: this is a rich search system that can pinpoint nearly every major university in the land

Review: this allows you to rate your university adding information for others to consider

Explore: this section aggregates all the information for your investigation. Sections include College Reviews; Video; Photos; Documents; and student Profiles

Unconvinced? About Us Document:

“Unigo is the world’s largest platform for college students to share reviews, photos, videos, documents, and more with students on their campus and across the country.

It’s also the best place for high school students to find out what life is really like at America’s colleges, and to make friends to help them find the school that’s right for them.

Unigo is the result of a nationwide grassroots movement to get the truth out about college life, and it’s growing bigger every day. Want to join?”

September 10, 2008

Ratemyprofessors.com: Students “Yelp” Like Evaluations Strike Back

Well it is at least 25 years to late for me but it is about time professors have something to worry about other than their summer vacation destinations. Ratemyprofessors.com provides students the opportunity, ala Yelp, to rate their professor’s performance in the classroom. Justice? Well isn’t it about time that students, who suffer from so many poor evaluations by unqualified professors, have a hammer to hit back with on this important subject?

Ratemyprofessors.com Facts

1. 6,000 Schools

2. 1,000,000 Professors

3. 6,000,000 Opinions

4. Top 50 Professors list

5. Facebook Partnership here

6. Professors Strike Back aka Whine

7. 6,800,000 Student Generated Ratings

8. List of Highest Rated Faculties

9. List of Hottest Professors

10. List of Standout Professors

May 24, 2008

Virginia Tech Tragedy: Always Pay Attention To Signs

The horrible tragedy at Virginia Tech last year is a reminder to always be aware of your friends and fellow students, watch for signs that something is not right, and be willing to get involved to help. The following is a retrospective from deansguide on the tragedy:

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Monday April 16, 2007, the day a very disturbed Virginia Tech student shot and killed 32 people, will be remembered for many things. It will be remembered as the worst case of gun violence on a school campus in American history. It will be remembered for those lost and those who were left behind. Most importantly it should be remembered as a wake up call to everyone around the country: A call to each one of us to take personal responsibility in our everyday life to spread love and goodwill to our fellow man.

The mainstream media, as predictable as ever, focussed on sensationalizing this tragedy. Their sound bite mentality and catch phrase riddled reports (ie “Massacre at Virginia Tech”) concentrated on garnering sympathy and ratings. Consequently the issues of campus police response and gun laws in the state of Virginia were emphasized with a very heavy dose of personal information about the victims. Impact upon the family members, surviving students and teachers, and their biographical information (one student “loved Nintendo”) was the focus. We watched people grieve, cry, and hold vigils.

Yet no collective social behavior was ever explored as a possible solution to these kinds of events. Here in lies a huge problem we face as a nation: gun violence apathy. Our complete and collective acceptance of gun violence as a part of American society is the status quo. People are so desensitized by the astronomical incidences of gun violence in this country, they have come to accept these events without question. If we as a society do ask questions, they always seem to focus on gun control laws, ease in purchasing guns, and the psychology behind the perpetrators.

We have reached a point in our violent history where we as a country and as individuals need to take a collective approach to creating a safer planet. On a grassroots level each one of us can and should at least attempt to spread love and care to our fellow human beings. We need to watch out for those people who display irrational behavior; we need to follow up those observations with action and a loving-caring response.

It is time to get involved. It is time to reach out to one another. We must not accept gun violence in our society. Instead we must become more tolerant, observant, caring, loving, and active in our responsibilities to each other.

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