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College Admissions - Larger Picture

The Importance of Critical Mass
Inside Higher Ed, DC - Jun 7, 2006
Some selective institutions go to great lengths to recruit talented minority students and to make sure they graduate, but less attention is paid to how well ...
US colleges are envy of the world
Pioneer Press, MN - Jun 8, 2006
As millions of Americans attended college graduations recently, their minds probably drifted during platitude-laden speeches and long recitations of names. Probably few reflected on how our diverse, decentralized system of higher education contributes to U.S. prosperity...
Affirmative action back to top court
Chicago Tribune, United States - Jun 6, 2006
By Gail Gibson, Tribune Newspapers: Baltimore Sun; Tribune news services contributed. The divisive debate over affirmative action ...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Study suggests strategies for Ivy League wannabes
Washington Times, DC - Jun 4, 2006
Cheerleading or writing, swimming or civic-mindedness -- which competitive, brainy or virtuous extracurricular activity is the ticket to those ivy-covered halls? After analyzing the trajectories of about 9,000 students, a pair of Harvard University researchers have ranked the affects of youthful extras on the college admission process, which they deemed "increasingly mysterious to students, parents and guidance counselors alike." ...
A boot camp for the college-bound
Albany Times Union, NY - Jun 5, 2006
Pop quiz. Which of these really irritates college admissions officers? (A) Giving them e-mail contacts like beerblaster13@aol.com or sexymomma@yahoo.com...
Rose Rennekamp: Take time and research when picking a school
Huntington Herald Dispatch, WV - Jun 6, 2006
You may have seen one of the many news stories this spring about what a tough year it was for college admissions -- how more students were denied admission or wait-listed than ever before...
Students go the extra mile for college acceptance
Houston Chronicle, United States - Jun 4, 2006
This summer, Mini Reddy, 17, will guide tours at the Health Museum and follow doctors and medical students around the Texas Medical Center. The internships do not pay, ...
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SATs spark varied responses
Corvallis Gazette Times, OR - Jun 2, 2006
As the end of the school year rapidly approaches, so do all of the wrap-up activities that come along with it. Senior students prepare to leave high school and enter college or the workforce, while other students think about preparation for the upcoming summer and the school year to follow...
Most Colleges Still Want SATs
13WHAM-TV, NY - Jun 8, 2006
Kristen Miranda (Henrietta, N.Y.) Starting with the class that enters in fall 2007, Hobart and William Smith Colleges will no longer require applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores ...
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Lost Summer for the College-Bound
New York Times, United States - Jun 2, 2006
TO listen to Craig Nadler, you might wonder when it stopped being fun to be a teenager. Maybe it was during this school year. Craig, 18, has been juggling five Advanced Placement classes with a spot on the varsity tennis team, the presidency of the school's Safe Rides program and his work as a mentor to freshmen...
Students Focus on Summer Programs to Enhance College Applications
AACRAO Transcript, DC - Jun 7, 2006
In an effort to enhance their college applications, students across the country are enrolling in academic camps, visiting foreign countries as missionaries and ...
Heller: No more lazy, hazy days of summer for kids
Austin American-Statesman (subscription), TX - Jun 5, 2006
Parents want children to enjoy a memorable summer children do, too with experiences they can access for years to come, though this becomes harder by the season. Camps are specialized beyond recognition. There are lacrosse camps and basketball camps and baseball training sessions, which sound suspiciously like creeping pre-professionalism ...
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Northeast News

Students Advise Board On Changes
Hartford Courant, United States - Jun 8, 2006
The high school of the future should spend more time on current events, offer international field trips and teach practical skills from cooking to money management, some of the state's top students advised state education leaders Wednesday...
Cutting New Jersey college budgets is shortsighted
NorthJersey.com, NJ - Jun 8, 2006
NEW JERSEY'S budget crisis raises a fundamental question for state policymakers and higher education leaders: What level of short-term financial sacrifice can New Jersey's colleges and universities make without jeopardizing the long-term benefits of a strong higher education system that serves nearly 9 million state residents?...
Public school students take up a tougher course
Boston Globe, United States - Jun 3, 2006
They signed up for a year in Beacon Academy, a new private school aimed at helping them secure a spot at a top preparatory school. But the experience -- eight-hour school days, tiny classes with demanding teachers, and Saturday sessions -- was more trying than any of them expected. The students, who delayed high school a year to attend Beacon, have emerged with a sense of how satisfying a tough school can be, but also of how unchallenging their public school experiences had been.
Pomp... and uncertainty
Cape Cod Times, MA - Jun 4, 2006
By all accounts, Ben Wharton is an exemplary student who strives to succeed like hundreds of seniors across the Cape. As captain of the Nauset High football team and a state qualifier in track, he also was able to garner a 3.88 grade point average while carrying heavy academic loads including five advanced placement courses and four honors classes in the past two years...
UD to drop 'early decision' for 2007-08
UDaily, DE - Jun 6, 2006
4:26 p.m., June 6, 2006--The University of Delaware will drop its early decision program, beginning with applicants for the 2007-08 school year....
Connecticut grapples with shortage of nurses
Danbury News Times, CT - Jun 7, 2006
Some 70 students are on a waiting list to get into the nursing program at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury because the college doesn't have enough faculty to teach them....
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High School - Pranks & Cutting

Study: 1 in 5 students practice self-injury
CNN - Jun 5, 2006
CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- Nearly 1 in 5 students at two Ivy League schools say they have purposely injured themselves by cutting, burning or other methods, a disturbing phenomenon that psychologists say they are hearing about more often...
Teen pranks no longer seen as child's play
Dallas Morning News (subscription), TX - Jun 4, 2006
When a high school senior delivered marijuana-laced muffins to a group of hungry teachers last month, sending 19 people to the hospital, teenage logic stumbled into the path of a society short on tolerance. ...
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Popular Trends

Survey: iPods more popular than beer in colleges
WWMT, MI - Jun 8, 2006
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Move over Bud. College life isn't just about drinking beer. In a rare instance, Apple Computer Inc.'s iconic iPod music player surpassed beer drinking as the most "in" thing among undergraduate college students, according to the latest biannual market research study by Ridgewood, N.J.-based Student Monitor...


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