Dear readers,

This is our third issue of the Family Guide to Ohio Colleges. Both of our previous guides have received Gold Awards from Parenting Publications of America for the best editorial in a special feature.

This year's publication promises to be better than ever with an interview with comedian, TV star, author and educational activist Mr. Bill Cosby himself. Be sure to tune in to a televised dinner tribute in late October when Mr. Cosby will be presented with The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

In a statement Cosby said that his mother used to read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to him and his brother when they were little. He said, "I would like to apologize to Mr. Twain for falling asleep hundreds of times, but he should understand that I was only 4." He also said Twain's work later became an inspiration. And Mr. Cosby is the inspiration for this year's College Guide theme: Cause and Effect, or in his case, Cos and Effect.

Cause and effect is a common method of organizing and discussing ideas: Why events happen (causes) and what happens as a result of those events (effects). I am sure that Mr. Cosby's mother never read Twain to him thinking he would someday receive this prestigious award, but it did have an effect on him.

What we do as parents, teachers, students and mentors have lasting effects on those around us, especially when it comes to education. Since this is a guide for families, we have illustrated causes and effects from early childhood to high school and beyond. Each section gives encouragement and how-to information to make college an effective reality for you and your family. Why? Cos you can go!


Stephen Zonars, Publisher

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