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by E.B. White
Book list From Booklist, Copyright © American Library Association. Used with permission. 9780060263850 Gr. 4-6. The favorite story in which Charlotte the spider changes the life of a little pig and the girl who owns him can be seen as an animated feature film.
Debt-free U : how I paid for an outstanding college education without loans, scholarships, or mooching off my parents
by Zac Bissonnette.
Book list From Booklist, Copyright © American Library Association. Used with permission. 9781591842989 In keeping with the new frugality, this college guide, written by a senior attending the University of Massachusetts, offers practical advice on how to pay for college without taking out loans. Decidedly old school in approach, Bissonnette advocates that students should bear the brunt of paying for their educations by working while in college and during breaks. He also suggests that attending community college for two years before transferring to a four-year college or university would go a long way toward cutting costs. Systematically and amusingly debunking the selection criteria used by U.S. News and World Report and others to rank elite colleges, Bissonnette is a strong advocate of attending reasonably priced state schools. He makes good points about how debt from student loans often prevents recent grads from starting families or buying homes. He also presents convincing research that elite graduate programs and selective employers accept plenty of people who have attended nonelite schools. Although the strictly dollars-and-cents approach to higher education may not sit well with some parents, this is a timely guide to a decision that has important financial ramifications.--Wilkinson, Joanne Copyright 2010 Booklist
Applied Strategic Planning
by Goodstien, Leonard
Choice Copyright American Library Association, used with permission. 9780070240209 Goodstein, Nolan, and Pfeiffer draw from their extensive consulting experiences to provide this practical guide which is designed to assist organizations in identifying, systematizing, and implementing effective long-term strategies. The volume successfully addresses the integration of business and functional plans, performance audits, organizational culture analysis, gap analysis, and values clarification. Additionally, environmental scanning, mission formulation, action plans integration, and contingency planning are addressed. The authors offer a straightforward, comprehensive guide to actually doing applied strategic planning through pragmatic aids such as models and a checklist which deal with every significant aspect of the planning process. The 15 chapters contain numerous anecdotes, charts, diagrams, and cartoons to illustrate the concepts needed to implement effective step-by-step strategic planning. Although written primarily for managers and consultants, academicians and advanced undergraduate and graduate students will find the book useful. J. W. Leonard; Miami University