PG's 2014 education section / A degree of experience: getting off to a strong start

Turn to those with a degree of experience for higher education advice.

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 Collegiate rankings systems have become a major selling point for elite institutions in the U.S.

Rankings not the most important factor in choosing a college

Self-knowledge and campus visits are important in making a selection.

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 According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the 2011 graduation rate was 59 percent within six years for full-time, first-time students who began pursuing a bachelor’‍s degree at a four-year degree-granting institution in fall 2005.

Traditional route to college doesn't work for everyone

Nontraditional students are becoming more common on college campuses.

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 Harvard University students walk through campus in 2006.

Consider why you want to go to college

Self-awareness helps to maximize opportunities.

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 Harvard University students walk through campus in 2006. The "I, Too, Am Harvard" campaign formed in the aftermath of a student-written Op-Ed piece against affirmative action published in The Crimson in fall 2012.

When choosing a college, keep your identity in mind

The way race, gender and sexuality are treated on campus should always factor into your college decision.

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 A Port Authority bus travels on Forbes Avenue in Oakland near the University of Pittsburgh campus in April. Students who commute to college campuses can stay involved in campus life through clubs and sporting activities.

Commuters can find a place in campus life with activities

Join a club, buy a meal plan and study in the library.

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Propel plans for charter school in Sto-Rox advances

Sto-Rox loses its bid for a stay against the creation of a Propel charter school in its district.

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 The Old Main Building on the campus of Penn State University. In the search for financial aid resources, looking for assistance within the university can be helpful.

A few secrets to finding financial aid

Getting financial aid takes persistence and creativity.

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 Twitter is an increasingly beneficial tool when networking for jobs in the era of social media.

Networking in college will pay dividends

Personal contacts and social networking can build a professional network.

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 Dr. Barry Hunter works in the biology lab at California University of Pennsylvania in May 2000. Biology students may avoid the art studio, but taking classes outside of your comfort zone can be beneficial.

Take classes outside your comfort zone

Taking different courses brings personal fulfillment.

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 Duquesne University freshmen attend a matriculation ceremony in fall 2008.

Peers can be helpful in learning to navigate college

Older students know which classes are hard or easy, where to buy books and where to eat.

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 Business students attend a lecture at the Aula Magna auditorium at Stockholm University. Emma S. Brown says the most important conversations with professors take place outside of the classroom.

Getting to know your professors can expand learning

Make use of office hours.

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 Because the classes at a liberal arts college are small, many professors are approachable and have a genuine interest in their students.

Liberal arts colleges use personal approach

Schools teach needed skills of thinking and writing critically.

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 An aerial view of the Nepalese national flag, formed by over 35,000 people, is seen in central Kathmandu on Aug. 23. While studying abroad in Nepal, one can expect intensive eight-hour school days instead of postcard views of the Himalayas.

Five tips for college students studying abroad

Preparation and an open mind can maximize the experience.

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 There’s no set formula to writing a research paper, but there are ways to ease the process.

Writing research papers are important to college success

Though writing can be a daunting task, there are ways to ease the process.

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 Returning University of Pittsburgh students raise a balloon welcome message for students arriving at the Oakland campus in August.

Make friends, try new activities early in the year

Remember many other students also are new to campus.

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 Students work in a library at the Roma Tre University in Rome.

Daily writing helps sort out experiences

Write a page a day; read a book a week.

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 The campus of Yale University in New Haven, Conn. No matter who you are or where you come from, someone in college will find some way to irk you.

College is a period of self-discovery

Adjustments include learning to adapt to others’ habits.

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 A flag flies from a building at New York University in May 2012.

Confidence can lead to success in college

Balancing self-confidence with an eagerness to learn is key.

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 Academics aren’t the only kind of failure in college. There can be social failure as well.

In college, failing is a part of learning

Use failure to get better, not to defeat yourself.

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 In college, experiences  outside the classroom are nearly as important as those inside.

Don't let misconceptions get in the way in college

College is about more than classes.

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Sports are fine, but don't let one skill define you in college

There’s an endless amount of activities in which to be involved.

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 The Lifeline Law, as it is called in Indiana, provides immunity from arrest or prosecution for certain alcohol-related offenses committed by minors.

Drinking amnesty laws can be lifesaving

College drinking carries risks.

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Greek life can teach confidence and compromise

Ignore stereotypes when considering joining sororities and fraternities.

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 Attending college is fraught with challenges. You’‍re trying to figure out how to use your time, whom to spend it with and what your values are.

Challenges are valuable part of college experience

Adversities can turn into meaningful moments.

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McKeesport teacher contract approved

Teachers in the McKeesport Area School District will receive 3.75 percent raises over the span of the contract approved in mid-September.

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 Besides Yale University, New Haven, Conn., is also known for its shootings and its muggings.

Make the community part of your college experience

Ideas learned in the classroom are embodied in the community.

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 A view from the Omni Hotel overlooks downtown New Haven, Conn.

College town offers education beyond classroom

Community can expand your education.

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 A flag football game takes place Sunday afternoon on the lawn of the Cathedral of Learning on the University of Pittsburgh campus in 2011.

College isn't just about building a resume

Do things that are of absolutely zero worth to your resume.

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 Housing carts are used to move belongings up a ramp near William Pitt Union at the University of Pittsburgh last fall. Campus living can be convenient, but off-campus living also has its benefits.

Off-campus housing provides your own space

Housing can take a good sense of humor.

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Project to upgrade Peters elementary to start in March

The $4.9 million project will involve windows, lighting and the HVAC system in McMurray Elementary School.

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'Bad data' caused district's bus problems, Penn Hills school administrators say

“We’re talking full accountability,” assistant superintendent Nancy Hines told the audience.

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Internships can get your foot in the door

Build connections and experiences with internships.

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Details of the new Thomas Jefferson High School unveiled

Community planning committee updates cost estimates on high school to replace 54-year-old structure on Old Clairton Road.

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 A live feed shows the Westmoreland County Community College's Laurel Education Center.

New buildings, upgrades illustrate growth at WCCC

An Advanced Technology Center opened this fall, a new education center will open in January and building upgrades are planned on its main

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Elizabeth Forward school director asked to resign

One board member said Francis Posa should leave the board because he has pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property, a misdemeanor.

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 Eighth-graders Amanda Berdis and Amanda Pugliano use iPad-based textbooks in their Algebra I class at Gateway Middle School.

Traditional texts take back seat to iPads

Eighth-graders at Gateway Middle School are using the tablet-size computers in English and algebra for the first time.

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U.S. targets racial inequality in schools

The Obama administration declared guidelines to ensure that all public schools students have access to equivalent policies and facilities.

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Keystone Oaks looks at roof work on schools

The district is expected to choose a company next month to do more than $74,000 in repairs.

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 Rick Owsten, center, looks over the notes of Maggie Pearson, left, and Jenna Edmonds for their observations of the weather as part of their sixth grade weather class at Steel Valley Middle School in Munhall.

Steel Valley's new science curriculum goes hands-on

Teachers and administrators in the district started working on the new curriculum about a year ago.

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Keystone Oaks looks to new math elementary program

Graduation requirements were also discussed at a Sept. 25 meeting of the Keystone Oaks School Board.

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 Students run obstacle course at last year’s Health Extravaganza at  Chartiers Valley School District. This year's edition will be held Oct. 22 in the high school gym.

Chartiers Valley expands its Health Extravaganza

The offerings at the free wellness fair on Oct. 22 will include health screenings, an obstacle course and lessons in pickleball.

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Carnegie Mellon to lead $5 million education project

The project will create LearnSphere, which will store data to study how people learn and educators will be able to better design courses.

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 T.J. Lane, the suspect in the shooting of five students at the high school in Chardon, Ohio, wears a bulletproof vest as he is escorted Tuesday from juvenile court.

Educators, experts told vigilance key in preventing violent attacks in schools

“I got a lot of letters saying why are you doing this to our kids. This is never going to happen here. But it did,” one official said.

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CMU, Pitt receive grants to pick people’s brains

Carnegie Mellon University receives a $5 million BrainHub grant while the University of Pittsburgh studies traumatic brain injury.

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Moon Area School District takes dispute with Moon Transportation Authority to residents

School district officials say authority has “improperly amassed millions of school district dollars.”

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Obituary: Francis J. Rifugiato / Veteran, educator over decades with lifelong passion for learning

The son of an Italian immigrant family, Francis J. Rifugiato knew the value of an education.

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Allegheny County schools make national Blue Ribbon list

Elementary schools in Pine-Richland and West Allegheny are among the 337 schools honored.

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Pittsburgh panel submits recommendations for expanding early childhood education

The panel convened by Mayor Bill Peduto is submitting ideas to the state in an effort to get part of $250 million in federal funds.

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 Nick Trombetta, founder of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, was unsuccessful in blocking the public from a hearing today on his motion to dismiss charges that he siphoned some $1 million from the Midland-based school through a collection of corporate entities he controlled.

Judge: Hearing to remain open for cyber-charter school founder

Nick Trombetta is charged with siphoning $1 million from the Midland-based school through a collection of corporate entities he controlled.

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