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College Admissions - Larger Picture

Taming the Monster
New York Times, United States - Apr 23, 2006
THIS may be you, or someone you know: the student who took five SAT subject tests, eight Advanced Placement courses and prepped for even the PSAT; who played varsity soccer and tennis and cello; who spent three entire weekends writing 12 different essays for 12 different applications....
Fashion Sashays Into the Curriculum
Washington Post, United States - Apr 26, 2006
Kendall Barry set aside her textbooks and her worries about standardized tests yesterday morning to put final touches on her latest school project: a full-length, black satin Audrey Hepburn-inspired gown she designed and sewed..
On Education In College Entrance Frenzy, a Lesson Out of Left ...
New York Times, United States - Apr 25, 2006
CONSIDER this situation. An ambitious and talented person, having worked extremely hard for a decade or more, sees a competitor suddenly performing at an inexplicably higher level. That first person comes to believe the second must be obtaining secret, unacknowledged help. So, rather than risk being left behind, he pays for the same stealthy assistance...
Closing loopholes on 'diploma mills'
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX - Apr 26, 2006
Academic integrity has been an NCAA legislative emphasis for the past two decades. Later this week, the NCAA's board of directors and executive committee will meet in Indianapolis to consider emergency legislation aimed at closing the latest loopholes being used to circumvent the organization's eligibility standards for incoming freshmen scholarship athletes ...
Katrina cuts into New Orleams college admissions
USA Today - Apr 25, 2006
In a year marked by uncertainty and upheaval, officials at New Orleans universities that draw applicants nationwide are not following the usual rules of thumb when it comes to college admissions...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

10 Antidotes to College-Application Anxiety
Washington Post, United States - Apr 24, 2006
The college search season is almost over. Letters have been opened. Decisions have been made. But there's always next year, which is already this year for those trying to get into the best college. How can students and parents reduce the stress? Admissions directors, guidance counselors and other admissions veterans have many suggestions. Here are 10:
Knowledge of college trends provides leg up COLLEGE COUNTDOWN ...
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader, PA - Apr 27, 2006
WHILE HIGH-school students graduating this spring have admission decisions in hand, the Class of 2007 is plunging full force into the college process.
Juniors should put off fears of college - until next year
Philadelphia Inquirer, PA - Apr 27, 2006
By Fran Gerstein. Just as high school seniors are either breathing a sigh of relief or having huge pangs of disappointment over where ...
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It's White-Knuckle Time for College Officials Too
Los Angeles Times, CA - Apr 27, 2006
Estimating how many accepted students will enroll poses a math test no dean wants to fail. By Stuart Silverstein and Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writers.
At Decision Time, Colleges Lay On Charm
New York Times, United States - Apr 26, 2006
Let others offer simple campus tours or paid transportation. At Swarthmore College here, high school seniors deciding whether to accept the college's offer of admission can play indoor soccer with the dean. Or a round of stairball, a sport invented on campus...
Colleges court the 'in' crowd
Baltimore Sun, United States - Apr 23, 2006
When the Amtrak train pulled into Baltimore's Penn Station, the conductor announced in a baritone that the last cars were reserved for passengers headed to Brown University. A bunch of nervous teenagers jumped aboard ...
Colleges pressure students to say 'yes' to boost yields
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, PA - Apr 25, 2006
By Anne Marie Chaker, The Wall Street Journal. Azlan Guttenberg Smith of Santa Rosa, Calif., is a 17-year-old self-described book ...
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Gender Gap

As boys slip behind, some feminists reject helping them
USA Today - Apr 23, 2006
With its powerhouse basketball teams, famed chemistry department and high rankings in college surveys, the University of North Carolina shouldn't be lacking for qualified male applicants. But UNC's current freshman class is 60% female....
Leaving the boys behind
Arizona Daily Wildcat, AZ - Apr 25, 2006
Up through the 1980s, there was a major national push for women to do better in school. Corporations and government institutions stressed the importance of women in science and engineering; colleges tried to increase female enrollment...
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Thin envelopes and angst
Chicago Tribune, United States -(free registration required) Apr 24, 2006
Many kids start to polish their resumes for college applications when they're still in junior high. They play football or join the ...
Backup college list can help ease initial blow of rejection
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription),  USA - Apr 24, 2006
solid "A" average, a varsity letter in athletics and a community service record that makes Miss America look like a slacker....
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Western News

Ariz. universities don't require SAT, ACT scores
Arizona Republic, AZ - Apr 27, 2006
State admissions officials said standardized tests aren't required for general admission to Arizona public universities. "The Board of Regents believes that any student that graduates from an Arizona high ...
Community colleges seem bad with funds
Contra Costa Times, CA - Apr 26, 2006
Another election, another expensive bond measure. Contra Costa Community College now wants $286 million in addition to the $120 million it got only four years ago. If there is in fact a real need for the new funding it demands now, it is only evidence that the CCCCD cannot operate within the means already lavishly provided to it by the taxpayers...
Race should be considered in admits
The UCLA Daily Bruin, CA - Apr 24, 2006
People elect to come to UCLA to get a good education, and a good education combines academic excellence with a worldly environment outside of class. So what happens when UCLA students are denied one of those two ingredients? ...
Exit-exam failure no bar to college
San Diego Union Tribune, United States - Apr 24, 2006
An estimated 48,000 California high school seniors, about 11 percent of the class of 2006, have yet to pass the test. The students ...
Door to university still open for those who fail exit exam
Alameda Times-Star, CA - Apr 24, 2006
17-year-old senior at Oakland's Castlemont High School still had not passed the exit exam putting her diploma, and thus her chances to enroll in university ...
Math proposal could backfire
Rocky Mountain News, CO - Apr 24, 2006
In a pole-vaulting contest, officials keep raising the bar until only one competitor remains and is crowned the winner. That'ss fine for athletic events, but it isn'st how high school graduation ought to work. ...
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Guidance Counselors

Report: Students lacking counsel
Inside Bay Area, CA - Apr 26, 2006
Just before Genette Carter started her freshman year at Oakland High School, she discovered she was signed up to take algebra, the same mathematics class in which she had earned an A the previous year. She went to campus to change her schedule, but when she arrived at her counselor's office, she found a line of students waiting outside...
School counselors serve as scientists, coaches and marketers, NY - Apr 25, 2006
As a school counselor at Baldwin Senior High School on Long Island , Annette Senicola manages a case load of 250 students. Because more than 90 percent of Baldwin's students go on to college, nearly all of those students will rely on Senicola to shepherd them to admission ...
Counselors are feeling the crunch, NY - Apr 25, 2006
With rising caseloads, ever-changing curricular and graduation requirements, parental pressure, and more complex social issues, you'd think districts would be ...
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Private Counselors

Students turn to admissions pros for an edge
Naples Daily News (subscription), FL - Apr 21, 2006
When it came time to apply to college, Tricia Hassenfeld had a 4.0 grade point average, a combined score of 2150 on her SATs and four printed pages worth of extracurricular activities. But she still didn't feel prepared for the enormity of the college admissions process....
Helping navigate choppy college waters
Lexington Minuteman, MA - Apr 27, 2006
Andrea Jacobs, 17, is just about to enter one of the most stressful and uncertain periods of her young life - she is applying to college and taking her whole family along for the ride.
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MySpace etc.

Who's Talking Online?
Education World, CT - Apr 26, 2006
The Education World Tech Team discusses social networking and blogging sites should schools ban them or teach kids to use them?...
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