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College Big Picture

Forget the College Degree: Earn Digital Badges Instead
CBS News MoneyWatch  - Oct 3, 2011
Do you need a college degree? This question is being asked more frequently as the cost of college continues to rise while the product — a bachelor’s degree - doesn’t guarantee that the owner has learned much in college....
Guns Come to Campuses
Inside Higher Ed  - Oct 3, 2011
Universities and anti-gun lobbyists have had many reasons to celebrate this year, with the death or delay of bills in more than a dozen states that would have allowed the concealed carry of weapons on campuses. But it seems the momentum may be shifting.....
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Inside the Admissions Office

What Are Some Common Problems Found in College Applications?
US News - Unigo  - Oct 5, 2011
While every admissions office is different, there are plenty of common red flags that essay readers and application reviewers encounter every year. From typos to suspicious accomplishments...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

The Real Cost of Applying to College
Bloomberg  - Oct 4, 2011
While most parents are all too familiar with the astronomical cost of college tuition, they are often unprepared for the sticker shock of applying. ..
8 Common College-Application Mistakes
TheStreet.com  - Sep 29, 2011
NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- Thanks to the Internet and perhaps even the common application, which is accepted at hundreds of educational institutions nationwide, applying to college has gotten easier for students. But actually getting accepted to a school is much harder these days....
10 Things You Should Know About College Admisssions
The Atlantic  - Oct 3, 2011
For the last week, The Atlantic Business has been running a special report on college admissions, with a dozen articles and essays on everything from building a Match.com for applying students to assessing the landscape of online higher education...
College Admissions: 6 Steps to a Winning Application
GoLocalProv  - Oct 3, 2011
Many students experience so much anxiety about the college interview that they forget an important aspect of the process that can help them feel more at ease. The interview is reciprocal. Yes, you are being evaluated, but you are evaluating the college too...
Acing the College Admissions Interview
Danville Express  - Oct 2, 2011
Early admission deadlines begin in just a couple of weeks. Families often ask how to make an application stand out among thousands that an admission committee will review...
Dispelling myths about college admissions
Buffalo News  - Sep 29, 2011
Parents who have recently “graduated” from the college admissions process freely dispense advice and sometimes misinformation. To dispel many of these untruths, let’s focus on some of the most popular myths about college admissions....
Tips for getting through the college admissions process
KARE -  - Oct 3, 2011
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn.-- College admissions consultant and advisor Keri Bahar stopped by today to talk about rolling admissions....
Common Application Goes Mobile With New Site
US News & World Report  - Sep 27, 2011
For prospective students interested in a Common Application member college, the standard application offers a way to cut down on time and legwork in the sometimes stress-laden process of applying to college:...
Choosing a College for Disabled Students
About.com  - Oct 3, 2011
Choosing a college for disabled students can be a time consuming process. Thoroughly investigating an institution of higher learning before sending a student can be the difference between success...

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Early Applications

Applying early - which way to go?
Charlotte Observer  - Oct 4, 2011
Having choices is a good thing, but deciphering which application deadline is the right one for your student can be confusing. For some families it is a question of strategy, while others just want to know as early as possible....
On College: A guide to early applications
San Jose Mercury News  - Oct 4, 2011
The option of applying early, introduced several years ago by many colleges to indicate those students who are most interested in their particular school, ....
‘Early action’ isn’t always as simple as it looks
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Oct 3, 2011
It’s getting increasingly difficult to keep all the early decision (ED) and early action (EA) rules straight, particularly when a handful of colleges tinkers with definitions and come up with narrow interpretations...
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Books & Guides

A new college admissions bible
Washington Post - The Answer Sheet  - Oct 3, 2011
There are countless books that aim to help students successfully apply to the college or university of their dreams, some offering better advice than others...
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Oct 5, 2011
Take My Advice—Try to Keep Your Job
It isn’t unusual during this time of year for school counselors to get a lot of advice on how to do their job—but that advice sometimes comes in the most unusual ways. ... More

Students Left With Little Guidance in High Schools
Bridge  - Sep 29, 2011
High school seniors are expected to ask their guidance counselors where they can find work in Michigan. Their guidance counselors, though, may be asking the same question. .....
Helping Rural Students Leap Cultural Hurdles to College
EdWeek  - Oct 4, 2011
Susan Rhodes’ full-time job is helping rural students figure out where they want to go to college and how to make that happen...
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SAT Cheating Scandal: Are Stakes Getting Too High for College Admission?
ABC News  - Oct 1, 2011
The case of a Great Neck, N.Y., man accused of being paid to take the SAT for high school students is once again prompting questions nationwide about how much cheating goes on in the world of high-stakes testing....
Is the SAT losing its edge?
Washington Post - Class Struggle  - Sep 28, 2011
More graduating seniors took the SAT last year than ever, 1.65 million. So why are the scores declining, and why is the best-known and most fearsome college-entrance test in U.S. history losing its edge?...
SAT, the High and Low Stakes
Washington Monthly  - Oct 2, 2011
More graduating seniors took the SAT last year than ever, 1.65 million. So why are the scores declining, and why is the best-known and most fearsome college-entrance test in U.S. history losing its edge?...
The College SAT: Higher Costs, Lower Relevance
Washington Monthly  - Oct 2, 2011
Paying someone to take the SAT test on your behalf -- as six Long Island students were recently charged with doing -- is illegal. ...

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Tips for younger siblings of college freshmen
Washinton Post - Campus Overload - Oct 4, 2011
A lot of energy (and marketing) goes into fully prepping students for their first year of college. And prepping their parents to let go. But what about younger siblings? Quite often, they are forgotten until their older sibling is long gone....
Tips for younger siblings of college freshmen
Washinton Post  - Sep 29, 2011
When Josh Tarr started his freshman year at the University of Maryland a few weeks ago, his younger sister found herself without a chauffeur and back on the school bus...
Parents in action: Is your teen ready for a job or volunteer work
ABC Action New  - Oct 1, 2011
TAMPA, Fla. - It is extremely important for parents to encourage their teens to either volunteer or get a job. There are many benefits to teens taking on the responsibility of volunteering and working...
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College Finances

How Colleges Punish Families Who Choose to Save
The Atlantic  - Sep 29, 2011
Throughout the U.S., millions of parents struggle to save for their children's college education. It isn't easy: in a consumer culture like ours, there's always something new to buy...
5 Questions for Students and Parents to Answer About College Finances
US News & World Report  - Sep 27, 2011
Hopefully you'll begin discussing finances with your college student long before they set foot on campus. But whenever you decide to have the "money talk," don't forget to cover these essentials:...
Online calculators may help parents, students estimate real college costs
Sacramento Bee - Oct 4, 2011
Students applying to college this fall have a new tool to help them compare costs at various campuses. This month, so-called "net price calculators"...
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Alabama immigration law leaves schools gripped by uncertainty
The Christian Science Monitor  - Sep 30, 2011
A judge upheld a provision in the Alabama immigration law that forces public schools to check the immigration status of new students. Schools are scrambling to determine the impact.....
Arkansas colleges, universities see increased fall enrollment
KATV  - Oct 4, 2011
Total fall semester enrollment at Arkansas colleges and universities increased by two percent compared to....
Graduates often unprepared for college
The News-Press  - Oct 5, 2011
“We get people from the K-12 system who lack the basic abilities,” said Steve Calabro, president of Southwest Florida College. “Their mathematical abilities to....
Kentucky receives $26.9 million for college readiness
Louisville Courier-Journal  - Oct 3, 2011
Kentucky has received a $26.9 million federal grant to fund college readiness and outreach programs over the next six years, Gov. Steve Beshear and the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education announced Monday....
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Should We Rethink Our Anti-Bullying Strategy?
TIME  - Sep 28, 2011
On Sept. 19, news broke of yet another adolescent suicide related to bullying. The boy, Jamey Rodemeyer, was 14 years old and identified alternately as gay or bisexual....
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Dropout Prevention

New Report Details High School Dropout Prevention Efforts
US News & World Report  - Oct 3, 2011
Most high school districts offer some sort of dropout prevention program, according to a new report released last week by the National Center for Education Statistics...
Colleges try new tactics to prevent dropping out
Seattle Times Oct 1, 2011
Most high school districts offer some sort of dropout prevention program, according to a new report released last week by the National Center for Education Statistics...


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