College-bound freshmen get electronic nudges to help them get ready

  • Article by: Maura Lerner , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 15, 2013 - 10:41 AM

John Fernandez admits that he was a little nervous about starting his freshman year this fall at Bemidji State University.

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keaton12Aug. 14, 1310:49 PM

When I went to college, there wasn't "parents day", a list of things to bring and parent dropped you off at the door and left. I think we do too much hovering these days. Kids need to pull it together on their own. Once they get to the workplace, they still expect coddling.

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lami0102Aug. 14, 1311:38 PM

So thus is geared at first generation college students? How in the world did people make it into college before this program then? Seems like a valiant effort but waste of resources.

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luzhishenAug. 15, 1312:37 AM

"How in the world did people make it into college before this program then?" Social networks, employer plans, G.I. Bill...you know.

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educator1Aug. 15, 13 5:16 AM

Glad to see this is being done. When families have no experience with college, they don't know to "nudge" their youngsters in these ways. Hopefully these young people will graduate and when they have families, know how to "nudge" their children. Good for Mn Office of Higher Ed.

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kauboiAug. 15, 13 6:55 AM

Support Systems are imperative during this age of online information. Students are no longer given statements in the mail. The information needed to attend school now is sent to a school specific e-mail. If you did not know to sign up for the e-mail, you will not get the information. I think this is a wonderful program that should be extended and also opened up to others. Kudos on a job well done!

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johneedAug. 15, 13 7:24 AM

Choose a practical major. Be value-conscious. Don't over-borrow. DO THE MATH ON FINANCING/DEBT!

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crowgrrlAug. 15, 13 8:41 AM

I think this is a wonderful program and wish it had been around when I went to college. Thanks MN - happy to see my tax dollars at work on this program!

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mnmaidAug. 15, 13 8:42 AM

This is a fantastic program! It's extremely difficult for a parent to navigate all of the paperwork necessary to get a child into college, much less for the kid, especially now that the Federal government has stuck its nose into the whole situation, making it an interminable mess, and requiring vast amounts of parent information. It used to be much easier to do this years ago, with a lot less paperwork. Take a family with no college enrollment experience at all, and nobody will even have a clue as to where to start. This should be implemented at all high schools.

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mnmaidAug. 15, 13 8:48 AM

@johneed: "Choose a practical major." You do realize that unless you're going to be a doctor, scientist, or something that requires a graduate degree that most businesses don't care what your degree major was, right? Nobody asks your major. They just want to know that you graduated. That proves you have the ability to tackle a large project and see it through to completion. You can major in underwater basket weaving, as far as they're concerned, as long as you graduated and got that degree. As for "Be value-conscious. Don't over-borrow." Well, that is excellent advice. ALL students should stay away from for-profit corporate schools (i.e. Rasmussen, Globe, U of Phoenix, Nat'l American University, etc.). Those are poor quality "schools" that are nothing more than diploma mills for an exorbitant amount of money.

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FrankLAug. 15, 13 9:50 AM

Used to be you would get a large envelope with all the required info delivered to your home that Mom & Dad could help go through. Now the students get emails and because of privacy laws, Mom and Dad aren't copied with this information. Further, the emails are cluttered with all kinds of promotions trying to sell you more stuff such as linen services and computer warranties. We find it takes a sharp eye to find the critical info amid all the fluff. Also, many of the tasks that used to be done right before classes start are now spread out over the summer. Thus, having a good communication from the college is a welcome step.

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