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| Editor's Note |
There will be no HSCW published next week due to Thanksgiving.
College Big Picture
|DEBT BY DEGREES |
New Yorker - Nov 21, 2011
The protesters at Occupy Wall Street may not have put forth an explicit set of demands yet, but there is one thing that they all agree on: student debt is too damn high ...
|Why Americans are choosing to study abroad in record numbers |
The Christian Science Monitor - Nov 14, 2011
American students are studying abroad in record numbers. According to a report Monday by the Institute of International Education (IIE), 270,604 American students studied abroad for academic credit in the 2009-2010 academic year,...
|Why Do Top Schools Still Take Legacy Applicants? |
New York Times - Room for Debate - Nov 14, 2011
A recent article in The Times about the pressure felt by Ivy League alumni to get their children into their alma maters — and by those children to get into their parents’ colleges ...
|Alumni of Liberal-Arts Colleges See Value in Their Degrees |
Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) (blog) - Nov 16, 2011
Washington—When you’ve got a target on your back, you can run and hide—or you can commission a study. A group of liberal-arts colleges chose to do the latter, and now their leaders are trumpeting the results..
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|Waiting For My Fate |
Huffington Post - Nov 14, 2011
The most stressful and difficult part ofthe college application process is the waiting: waiting for your SAT and ACT scores, waiting for letters of recommendation from teachers and counselors...
|What Activiites Really Count on College Applications? |
San Ramon Express - Nov 14, 2011
Our son has just started high school and we are wondering about extracurricular activities. How much do they really count on the college application and what tips can you share with us? We are parents who are trying to plan ahead....
|Over-applying can hinder college decision process |
Chicago Tribune - Nov 15, 2011
More prospective college students are applying to a large number of schools than ever before, according to a study released in September by the National Association for College Admission Counseling ...
|Which College Admissions Deadline Should You Choose? |
US News & World Report - Nov 16, 2011
Every year, students apply to college early for a number of different reasons, whether they found the school of their dreams or they just want to get through the process...
|See the essay as a screenplay of your life |
Charlotte Observer - Nov 15, 2011
Over the years I've written dozens of articles on how to write a great college essay and read just about every book and article on the subject....
|How to Turn Your Story Into a Winning College Essay |
Huffington Post - Nov 15, 2011
Imagine you've got a week until your college essay is due. You think it's impossible. You're worried it won't be good enough. Even worse, you're convinced you don't have anything worth writing about. But you do...
SATs & ACTs
|SAT Wars, Changing Higher Education Admissions |
The Epoch Times - Nov 15, 2011
SAT tests should be abandoned, according to experts. In a new book called SAT Wars: The Case for Test-Optional Admissions, admission experts and scholars write of how the SAT test do not really help colleges and universities find good students, ....
Net Price Calculators
|Good Luck Finding a Net Price Calculator |
US News & World Report - Nov 15, 2011
Can families easily find the new net price calculators that colleges and universities are now required to post on their websites? ...
|Net price calculators add confusion to college costs |
Sun-Sentinel - Nov 15, 2011
When it comes to estimating the cost of college, sticker shock may now be replaced with sticker confusion. Colleges and universities are now required to include a "net price calculator" on their web sites to help people ...
|Tune Into These Scholarships for Music Majors |
US News & World Report - Nov 15, 2011
Does your passion lie in tickling the ivories? Does the thought of making a living from blowing your own horn really give you something to sing about?...
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - Nov 17, 2011
Effective College Counseling is Just Eight Minutes Away
School counselors have a new reason to be grateful this Thanksgiving season, thanks to a report released yesterday on the state of school counseling ... More
|Counselors See Conflicts in Carrying Out Mission |
Ed Week (registration required) - Nov 15, 2011
Middle and high school counselors believe they have a unique and powerful role to play in preparing all students for good jobs or college, but they feel hamstrung by insufficient training...
|School Counseling at a Crossroads |
Huffington Post - Nov 15, 2011
Tight budgets mean tough times, but pinching pennies should not mean less money for children in schoolhouses across America. One in four children fails to graduate from high school with their peers...
|At college application time, pity the guidance counselor |
Baltimore Sun - Nov 15, 2011
High school guidance counselors have to write an obligatory essay as part of what is called the "Secondary School Report" submitted to universities along with the student's official academic transcript. ...
|College Applications: Would I Have Met Today's Standards? |
Huffington Post - Nov 12, 2011
If I were going to college today, I don't know if I could get in. In the freshman profile of several top-tier schools, over 90% admitted seem to come from the top 10% of their graduating classes.....
|Home for the holidays can result in less freedom |
Kansas.com - Nov 16, 2011
Making the adjustment from life at home to the one in college can be quite the challenge, but when freshmen students return home for Thanksgiving Break, the transition back may prove to be just as difficult.....
|Minnesota College Application Week |
KAAL-TV - Nov 14, 2011
Governor Dayton has declared it Minnesota College Application week. It is part of a national push to encourage students to start the application process....
|State revamps grades for schools |
indystar - Nov 8, 2011
Indiana's new A to F grading system for schools this year enraged principals of high schools with high test scores that were given C ratings...
Teen Dating Violence
|Advocate sees red flags with dating violence policy |
Hernando Today - Nov 16, 2011
Nancy Crop is a Palo Alto civil rights attorney. Cushon Bell is a Pasadena educational activist and former teacher. Teri Levy is a Los Angeles creative artist in fashion and photography.....
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SATs & ACTs
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