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College Admissions - Larger Picture

Who Needs Harvard?
TIME - Aug 12, 2006
Competition for the Ivies is as fierce as ever, but kids who look beyond the famous schools may be the smartest applicants of all ...
Four-Fifths of US High School Graduates Not Ready for College
Bloomberg - Aug 16, 2006
Aug. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Almost four-fifths of US high school graduates failed to pass this year's standard examinations designed ...
Back-To-School Feature: Ten Things College Students Don't Want ...
FinanceVisor.com (press release), CA - Aug 14, 2006
... College students often don't understand the ramifications of credit card misuse. According to Nellie Mae, the average student bears credit card debt of $3,200 ...
How VIPs Get In
TIME - Aug 13, 2006
Growing numbers of kids may be discovering that they no longer need Harvard, but according to Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Golden, the Ivies still feel a need for certain kinds of kids. Golden won a Pulitzer Prize in 2004 for his articles on the admissions advantage élite schools give to the children of alumni (known as legacies...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Choosing a College: Liberal Arts vs. Professional Training
FOX News - Aug 16, 2006
When Arpie McQueen, a New Jersey mother of two, was helping her oldest daughter Valerie last year choose among five colleges that offered a wide range of liberal arts and pre-professional degree programs, she steered her in the direction of Boston University a school that offered both ...
'Today' readers get college admission advice
MSNBC - Aug 14, 2006
Parents can help their kids get into top schools. Elizabeth Wissner-Gross, author of 'What Colleges Don't Tell You,' shares tips for better applications ...
The College Essay
The Chronicle, CT - Aug 16, 2006
... Yet in the following months, seniors will be asked to fill out their applications and submit their college essays. ...
Back a grade to make the grade?
Dallas Morning News (subscription), TX - Aug 15, 2006
Most teenagers can't wait to get out of high school, but a group of Collin County teens has decided to repeat freshman year voluntarily. Nearly a dozen would-be sophomores have pulled out of Allen High School and private schools this year to enroll as ninth-graders at Lovejoy High School in Lucas. Many other families have considered it ...
College for C students
Contra Costa Times, CA - Aug 15, 2006
... to the people who don't already know that college is an option for them. Straight-A students already have this figured out. It's the C students who need the ...
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College Admissions Books

Tips from 'How to Survive Getting Into College'
MSNBC - Aug 14, 2006
In a new book, Rachel Korn shares real-world advice from hundreds of former high school seniors based on their experiences applying to colleges ...
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College Rankings

Colleges Play the Rankings Game
ABC News - Aug 17, 2006
By MELISSA SOWRY. Aug. 17, 2006 - The American public loves rankings, from sports teams to restaurants, and colleges are no exception. ...
25 New Ivies
Newsweek - Aug 12, 2006
The nation's elite colleges these days include more than Harvard, Yale and Princeton. Why? It's the tough competition for all the top students. That means a range of schools are getting fresh bragging rights ...
Rank Colleges, but Rank Them Right
New York Times, United States - Aug 16, 2006
EARLY this morning, US News & World Report will send e-mail messages to hundreds of college administrators, giving them an advance peek at the magazine's...
Colleges ranked on social giving
Seattle Times, United States - Aug 16, 2006
Ask not what your college is doing for you, but what your college is doing for the country. That's the premise of a college-rankings list devised by the political magazine ...
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Leaders join forces to improve education
Boston Globe, United States - Aug 16, 2006
MALDEN -- For the first time, state leaders covering the full spectrum of public education met yesterday to talk about jointly identifying and addressing a broad range of issues that affect students from preschool to college...
NY Plans a College Database
Inside Higher Ed, DC - Aug 16, 2006
New York State's Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities and the State University of New York announced a partnership on Tuesday to create an online portal intended to give businesses access to information about academic research and enable college students to search for internships and jobs in New York State. ...
More NJ teens taking ACT exam
Newark Star Ledger,  USA - Aug 16, 2006
BY KELLY HEYBOER. The number of New Jersey stu dents taking the ACT exam has nearly doubled in the last four years as more college ...
More teachers 'highly qualified'
NorthJersey.com, NJ - Aug 16, 2006
New Jersey has stepped closer to meeting federal mandates for teacher qualification, the state announced Tuesday. Now 96 percent of New Jersey's public school classes are taught by teachers deemed "highly qualified" ...
Lower Minimum Grade Requirements For City Schools
WJZ, MD - Aug 15, 2006
BALTIMORE It will be easier this year for students at Baltimore's public schools to pass their classes thanks to a lowered passing grade standard, adding fuel to the recent school controversy.
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College - Cost Issues

The Financial Aid Game: How to Pay For College
FOX News - Aug 14, 2006
For most high school seniors the question is not, "where am I going to college?" but rather, "how am I going to pay for it?" and, for good reason...
You don't have to be rich to attend college
Dailyrecord.com, NJ - Aug 13, 2006
In a world where eight out of 10 jobs require a college education, only 7 percent of low-income families and 60 percent of children from affluent families earn college degrees...
Prepay Your Way to College
Newsweek - Aug 14, 2006
A plan that's simple, provides peace of mind and gives buyers equal access to federal student aid. What's not to like? ...
Instate College Tuition Waivers Pay Dividends In Family ...
Expansion Management, OH - Aug 16, 2006
The decision to attend college is often laden with anticipation over a litany of matters: admittance procedures, test scores and acceptance, transfer of credits, and for young students, life away from home for the first time...
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College Admissions - Start Early

Don't stress, just plan early for college
The Grand Rapids Press, MI - Aug 12, 2006
Angie Kellar is a seventh-grader at Comstock Park Middle School, so the 12-year-old isn't thinking too seriously about college yet. But when the time comes, she will have help navigating the college planning maze. ...
College Search Starts Early
Daily Press, VA - Aug 14, 2006
Dana Bartlett is trying to get ahead of the curve with the college application process now, before challenging courses dominate her time starting in September. ...
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For SAT Maker, a Broader Push to the Classroom
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - Aug 16, 2006
To generations of students and their teachers, the College Board has been synonymous with the SAT test. But these days it has broader ambitions and wants to reach deeply into high school and even middle school classrooms nationwide. ...
More Students Eyeing College Opt to Take ACT
Washington Post, United States - Aug 15, 2006
Scores on the ACT, the college entrance test rival to the SAT, increased for the high school class of 2006, as a record 1.2 million graduating seniors took the nearly three-hour exam...
SAT prep tools offer great advantages
Monsters and Critics.com, UK - Aug 14, 2006
COLUMBUS, OH, United States (UPI) -- US students from higher-income families are most likely to use SAT preparation tools, thereby giving them an advantage in ...
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HS Bullying, Dropouts, and Tests

Bullying Destructive to the Bullied and Bullies, Intervention ...
Newswise (press release) - Aug 15, 2006
Being bullied in school is not merely a "normal part of life" that many children must just learn to deal with. Instead, it's a socially unacceptable behavior that must be swiftly and properly addressed, because it carries destructive effects to both the bully and the victim, reports...
'Social norms' strategy aims to tame bullying
Christian Science Monitor, MA - Aug 16, 2006
Researchers say that middle-school bullying could be curbed by showing that it's not normal. By Stacy A. Teicher | Staff writer ...
Life after leaving high school
Terre Haute Tribune Star, IN - Aug 16, 2006
... Yet, his dreams are far from reality. Dropping out of high school at 18, Hites is now looking at a job washing dishes. Now 19 and facing $7.25 an hour, he may not be able to move out of his parents' house...
Exit exams become part of high school landscape
USA Today - Aug 16, 2006
WASHINGTON - Nearly two-thirds of American public high school students live in states that expect them to pass a competency test before they get a diploma, though not all states require the same level of proficiency...


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