Native American teenagers participate in a drum circle dance during the College Horizons summer retreat for prospective students at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wi.
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The college financial aid system is both meager and unwieldy, says author Sara Goldrick-Rab. "Our first really big takeaway was that if the goal is to get people money, financial aid doesn't do a great job. There's 50 steps between you and the money you need."
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Seymour Papert with LEGO Mindstorms robotics kits, which were named in recognition of Papert's seminal book, Mindstorms: Children, Computers, and Powerful Ideas.
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Lots of colleges have these reading programs; some are just for freshmen, and for others, the entire campus or local community joins in. The idea is that books will stir discussion — and unite a class or campus around a topic.
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