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College Big Picture
|Is College a Waste of Time? |
US News & World Report - Oct 12, 2011
College is getting a bad rap these days. Despite the fact that research repeatedly shows that people with college degrees earn more and face lower unemployment rates compared to people without college degrees, ...
|The Race for Prestige Drives College Costs |
Forbes - Oct 10, 2011
There are many reasons why college costs are so high— a tripling of tuition and fees, after adjusting for inflation, over the past three decades. One of those reasons, indeed perhaps the most crucial reason, is that the current higher ed model is, more or less, driven by a prestige-maximizing incentive...
|Starting to Worry |
Inside Higher Ed - Oct 10, 2011
If you glanced at Smith College’s "Futures Initiative," you might think the college, like a number of liberal arts colleges in the current economy, was in serious financial trouble....
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|25 Colleges With the Happiest Freshmen |
CBS News MoneyWatch - Oct 10, 2011
When you are checking out colleges, here’s a great question to ask: How happy are the freshmen? It’s an excellent sign if freshmen are pleased enough with their school that they return for a second year...
|How Can High School Seniors Improve Odds of College Admissions? |
US News & World Report - UNIGO - Oct 12, 2011
With all attention on applications and essays, high school seniors can easily lose sight of the importance that continuing good grades holds. Colleges need to be kept up to date with accomplishments, grades, and any other activities that can contribute...
|College counselor offers tips on finding the right school |
Daily Herald - Oct 11, 2011
As high school seniors complete their college applications, high school juniors begin the tedious process of visiting schools, meeting with admissions staff and seeking scholarships and financial aid....
|Do College Interviews Count? |
The Daily Beast - Oct 5, 2011
Some colleges say they’re “optional”—and what about alumni sit-downs and information interviews? Steve Cohen and Mike Muska break down which really matter—and why some colleges are doing away with them altogether....
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - Oct 13, 2011
Attention Seniors—Apply to College This Week. All of You.
If you’re looking for a way to motivate your students to apply to college, North Carolina just may be on to something. ... More
|Counselors are key for students' success |
San Bernardino Sun - Oct 11, 2011
One of the best friends students can make, whether they are in middle or high school, or have moved on to a community college or a university, is their counselor or adviser....
Students with Disabilities
|Words of Wisdom: The Dreaded College Essay |
Housatonic Times - Oct 3, 2011
The most important task for high school seniors hoping to get into college—after earning the grades and having done reasonably well on the SATs—is writing a good essay, in which the scratchy voice of the 17-year-old comes through...
|Shorter is better when it comes to essays |
The Record - Oct 7, 2011
While the prompts are the same this year, the instructions for the Common Application essay have changed slightly. Last year, students were asked to write a minimum of 250 words....
FinAid & Scholarships
|What is Your Expected Family Contribution? |
TheCollegeSolutionBlog - Oct 11, 2011
Do you know what the term Expected Family Contribution or EFC means? Most of you probably don’t so I’m devoting the next couple of college blog posts to explaining what an Expected Family Contribution or EFC is and why it’s so important....
|Guest post: Let’s be up-front about merit aid |
Washington Post - College Inc - Oct 7, 2011
You may have noticed that some colleges seem to be marketing their cost of attendance in a variety of new ways. Seton Hall University in New Jersey recently announced it was slashing prices by two-thirds for top students only....
|Financial aid season starts with the CSS PROFILE |
DC College Admissions Examiner - Oct 7, 2011
October 1st marked the official launch date for the 2012-13 College Scholarship Service (CSS) Financial Aid PROFILE. The less familiar financial aid form...
Financial Aid “Calculators”
|'True' cost of college soon just clicks away |
Houston Chronicle - Oct 9, 2011
Students checking out colleges this fall shouldn't rule out any options based on price alone.
The tuition and fees that schools publish online are often far more than what families end up paying....
|Curing the homesick blues |
Charlotte Observer - Oct 11, 2011
"You should be happy I'm NOT calling you!" That was my daughter's response to our frustration at not hearing from her when she was away one summer...
Fairs and Visting Colleges
|When the College Tour Takes a Detour to a Keg Party |
New York Times - The Choice - Oct 10, 2011
College freshmen expect to confront alcohol-fueled campus parties, and important decisions about underage drinking, as soon as their first weekend at college. Many students, however, are facing choices about under-age drinking on campus much earlier....
Books & Guides
|Hurrah! An upbeat, practical book on college admissions |
The Star-Ledger - NJ.com (blog) - Oct 6, 2011
First, it's well organized and readable. It's co-written by a former dean of admission at Stanford, Swarthmore and Sarah Lawrence and a journalist/parent. College Admissions covers the basics (getting ready, selecting colleges, the application process, paying for school...
|Scapegoating the Liberal Arts |
Washington Monthly - Oct 12, 2011
Too many students are getting useless degrees, complains the governor of Florida, Rick Scott, who argues that what Florida needs is more students with “practical” majors. ....
|FCAT soon could be a lot tougher for students to pass |
Orlando Sentinel - Oct 10, 2011
Passing many of Florida's crucial FCAT exams may soon be more difficult, and the percentage of students failing likely could zoom upward, under a proposed new scoring system being considered....
|Texas Schools Sue State, Saying Funding Is Unfair |
NPR.org - Oct 11, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A coalition of more than 150 Texas school districts said Tuesday it has filed a lawsuit against the state over a school funding system it says is unfair, inefficient and unconstitutional....
|Facebook Posts Costing Some Students College Opportunity |
Atlanta Post - Oct 11, 2011
According to Kaplan Test Prep’s 2011 survey of college admissions officers the number of college admissions officials using Facebook to learn more about an applicant has quadrupled in the past year, ...
|College kids’ Facebook posts could reveal drinking problems |
Boston Globe - Oct 7, 2011
While I occasionally peek at my two teenage kids’ Facebook postings -- okay, call it spying -- I think when they head off to college in a few years I should give them the option to de-friend me if they choose ...
|Putting a Stop to Bullying, On and Offline |
Huffington Post MTVu - Oct 10, 2011
Abraham Biggs was just 19 when he killed himself on livestream video. Online viewers tuned in as Biggs overdosed on prescription pills, some encouraging his destructive behavior, while others suspected a hoax..
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