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College Admissions - Larger Picture

Colleges educating more with less money
CNN - Mar 22, 2006
(AP) -- Just five years ago, public colleges and universities enjoyed their highest per-student levels of state and local government support in at least 25 ...
College Diversity Downsizing
Black Enterprise, NY - Mar 20, 2006
In response to a growing number of challenges to minority-based scholarships, some universities are diluting policies in an effort to avoid legal battles...
Is College Worth It?
Forbes -(free registration required) Mar 20, 2006
Rich Karlgaard says a college degree might be a poor investment...
More students choosing faith-based college life
MSNBC - Mar 20, 2006
The local enrollment growth is part of a nationwide surge that has seen a jump of more than 70 percent in the number of students signing up for faith-based college programs since 1990....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Many tactics are OK in college admissions game
Charlotte Observer, NC - Mar 18, 2006
People use diverse strategies to get into school. Some apply to one program hoping to transfer to another. I have even heard of kids with money paying commercial outfits to gain an edge in standardized tests over kids who can't afford such services.
In New Twist on College Search, a First Choice, and 20 Backups
New York Times, United States - Mar 20, 2006
... An annual survey of college freshmen indicates that students ... Andy Morris, associate director of admissions for the ... colleges to be assured of admission to at ...
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College Rankings

US News&world Report Ranking Re-examined
Bates Student, Maine - Mar 21, 2006
Each fall, U.S. News&World Report releases "America's Best Colleges," a ranking system that is equally considered the 'rankings bible' and the epitome of the overly competitive admissions process...
Survey: NYU high schoolers 'dream college'
7Online.com, NY - Mar 22, 2006
(New York -AP, March 22, 2006) - New York University has placed first in a survey of high school seniors as being the "dream college" to attend...
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Class Ranking

Fewer high schools calculate class rank for college admissions
University of Virginia The Cavalier Daily, VA - Mar 19, 2006
Increasing numbers of high schools abandon class rank in an effort to more accurately portray students' abilities, study finds...
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SAT Scoring Errors

College Board Finds 27,000 Unchecked SATs
Houston Chronicle, United States - Mar 22, 2006
By JUSTIN POPE AP Education Writer. BOSTON — The College Board disclosed Wednesday that 27,000 SAT college entrance exams missed ...
Scoring woes continue to plague College Board
Yale Daily News, CT - Mar 19, 2006
BY CHARLOTTE MARTIN. A larger group of students than originally tallied may have received erroneous scores after taking the October 2005 SAT Reasoning Test. ...
SAT's credibility tested again
Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH - Mar 21, 2006
News that the College Board botched scoring 4,000 SATs - and then discov ered another 1,600 it failed to check - offers a rich opportunity for the exam's many critics...
SAT makers fail math
RU Daily Targum (subscription), NJ - Mar 20, 2006
Not many students relish the day their SAT scores come in the mail or are available by phone, especially when a few points can mean the difference between a scholarship and working two jobs to pay tuition...
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SAT's & ACT's

5 tips for students taking the SAT
Elmira Star-Gazette, NY - Mar 22, 2006
High school students can prepare for the SAT exam by visiting the Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions online SAT QuizBank at www.kaptest.com/satquizbank. All students have free access to Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions' online SAT QuizBank, a resource that enables them to create personalized SAT-like quizzes....
More than ever, SAT prep is serious business
The Journal News.com, NY - Mar 22, 2006
Mike Lugo said he makes A's and B's as a junior at Mahopac High School, so he was surprised to do poorly on the PSAT. Now, he's taking a Studyworks prep course with the goal of increasing his score by 300 points when the next SAT is given in April...
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Northeast News

College cuts 'potentially devastating'
Cherry Hill Courier Post, NJ - Mar 23, 2006
Local colleges and universities are uncertain if Gov. Jon S. Corzine's suggested budget cuts will hold up, but agree that tuition hikes should be a last resort...
Senate passes bill to raise dropout age to 18
Portsmouth Herald News, NH - Mar 22, 2006
By Beverley Wang. CONCORD, NH - New Hampshire's Senate has approved increasing the state's high school dropout age from 16 to 18. ...
Dave Wheeler: Raising the dropout age won’t cut the dropout rate
The Union Leader, NH - Mar 21, 2006
By DAVE WHEELER. GOV. JOHN LYNCH’S plan to extend the compulsory school attendance age to 18 years of age is, simply put, a bad idea. ...
Partnership gives students head start on college
Business Gazette, MD - Mar 22, 2006
A unique partnership between Frederick County Public Schools and Frederick Community College aims to make continuing education a more realistic option for some students...
State school aid flat as colleges face major cuts
Press of Atlantic City, NJ - Mar 22, 2006
TRENTON Public school districts around the state may not be thrilled with another year of flat funding, but they are far better off than their higher education counterparts, which were cut $169 million on Gov. Jon S. Corzine's proposed 2007 budget...
UAlbany helps high schoolers
Albany Times Union, NY - Mar 23, 2006
ALBANY -- Nearly a dozen Albany High School students were on the University of Albany campus Wednesday for the first day of special classes meant to reverse their slide toward failure....
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AP Courses

Advanced coursework: An 'arms race' among students
USA Today - Mar 20, 2006
By Mary Beth Marklein, USA TODAY. College admissions officials have long stressed to applicants the importance of a challenging high school curriculum. That is one reason they want more kids to take Advanced Placement courses, particularly low-income students in rural or inner-city schools...
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Parents of collegiates: How involved are you?
Jackson Sun, TN - Mar 21, 2006
"Helicopter parents," a term believed to have been coined by schoolteachers in the early 1990s, are hovering over their older children in increasing numbers, and it's a trend that could hurt their children's growth...
Step back; let grad pick, apply to college
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription),  USA - Mar 21, 2006
By WILLIAM H. CASKEY. It's an annual rite of passage. This spring millions of high school seniors across the country are receiving admissions decisions from colleges and universities. Today, we accept it as a high-stress ritual in which colleges spend multiple millions marketing themselves ...
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Common Application

Common App has set trends in field
Daily Pennsylvanian, PA - Mar 20, 2006
What began 30 years ago as a concentrated effort to simplify college applications has become a prominent force in the realm of higher education. The Common Application, initially accepted by only 15 elite institutions, will have 300 members by this July, including Penn...
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Gap Year

Many grads take pre college "gap year"
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN - Mar 21, 2006
Lucy Smith spent 45 minutes in the back of a truck in South Africa with a lion whose tranquilizer was wearing off. Joel Agosto of West Hartford, Conn., got back from New Zealand, where he was restoring plants to their natural habitat deep in the rainforest...
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Online Degrees

The Ivy League Goes Online
WDIV, MI - Mar 20, 2006
With online learning becoming an increasingly integral method for how schools deliver education to its students (many of whom earn entire degrees without ever stepping foot into a classroom), will it eventually be possible to earn an Ivy League degree without ever gracing the hallowed halls?...
Will Your Degree Have Value?
Channel Cincinnati.com, OH - Mar 21, 2006
These days, everyone knows someone who's taking a class or even an entire degree program online. But if you're going to spend your precious time and hard-earned money on higher ed', you want to ensure a major return on your investment. Here's how... ...
Online Learning Admissions: Your Questions Answered
Channel Cincinnati.com, OH - Mar 21, 2006
Online learning is different from traditional ed' - schooling in cyber space in not-so real-time, IM'ing your classmates and professors, posting on message boards as class discussions, lectures via computer screen or PDA. Virtual programs appear to be convenient and simple....
Seattle Central Community College To Offer Online Streaming And ...
StreamingMedia.com, CT - Mar 22, 2006
Beginning this month, colleges and universities throughout the United States will license and offer the classes. Seattle Central Community College will offer a ...
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Private Counselors

Coach clears path to college
Poughkeepsie Journal, NY - Mar 18, 2006
WASHINGTON As high school seniors across the country wait anxiously for the responses to their college applications, some can take comfort in knowing they sent out the best money can buy...
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