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College Big Picture

As colleges slash budgets, who's taking the hit?
CBS News - Sep 13, 2011
(AP) Colleges and universities are cutting budgets by the tens and hundreds of millions of dollars. But what exactly are they cutting — fat or lean?....
Want a Cheaper, Better College Experience? Stop the Rankings and Let Go of Tradition
Huffington Post - Sep 13, 2011
The rankings are on my mind these days as I embark on a reporting project about the college of the future, and specifically about the hurdles to change in higher ed.....
A bachelor’s degree for $10,000? Imagine the impact.
Washington Post - Sep 10, 2011
My oldest child, Olivia, will be heading to college in two years. So it’s already become college-saving crunch time in our household.....
Real Dropout Prevention
Washington Monthly - Sep 14, 2011
Some 70 percent of young Americans who finish high school now go on to college, but a lot of them drop out. Only 54 percent of students entering four-year colleges earn bachelor’s degrees in six years......
Defining Higher Education Success
US News & World Report - Sep 13, 2011
There is a great deal of discussion today about the importance of a college degree. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 90 percent of the fastest-growing jobs in the future will require some postsecondary education or training.....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Part 1: Answers to Your Back-to-School Admissions Questions
New York Times - The Choice - Sep 13, 2011
The Choice has lined up the authors of a new book — which bills itself as “the ultimate user’s manual” for college applicants,....
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What Not to Do When You Apply to College - Admissions officers share their pet peeves
US News & World Report - Sep 13, 2011
For the class of 2016, colleges and universities across the nation expect to see a record number of applications. Most students do a good job of putting their academic records in the best possible light...
10 great reasons to study in Canada
DC College Admissions Examiner - Sep 13, 2011
As college tuitions continue increasing at rates faster than the overall cost of living, more and more U.S. students are beginning to look toward our ‘neighbor to the north’ for quality education at an affordable price9...
HSCW Contributors Blog
Post - Sep 14, 2011
Choosing a College, Intelligently
You are among the hundreds of thousands of high school seniors who are about to begin the difficult process of selecting a college where you hope to spend the next four years of your life ... More

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Early Decision

College Admission's Best Kept Secret
Forbes  - Sep 10, 2011
And of all the services and advice counselors provide, the most valuable is the one we’ll be discussing here, so get ready to save a cool twenty-five grand....
Colleges where 'Early Decision' helps
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Sep 10, 2011
The Daily Beast recently ran admissions numbers on early decision (ED) and came up with a list of colleges* appearing to strongly favor ED applicants. ...
Know if Applying to College Early is Right for You
US News & World Report  - Sep 12, 2011
Connor Cerniglia's application to Bates College looked highly promising. The Annapolis, Md., senior was in the top third of his class at St. Mary's High School ...
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Sep 14, 2011
Dialing Up a Lesson on Effective Counseling
There’s something to be said for a different point of view. I opened my Facebook account last night (for five minutes only—really, I swear!) ... More

High school counselors need better training to help students make college choices  - Sep 11, 2011
High school seniors and their parents often start the school year with lots of questions about college. In the interest of getting the Class of 2012 off to a good start, here are some answers to those questions: 25 percent: 25-50 words if it’s interesting; and zero.....
‘U.S. News’ Keeps Courting High-School Counselors
The Chronicle of Higher Education  - Sep 13, 2011
Love it or hate it, U.S. News is soliciting the opinions of more and more high-school counselors, who are relative newcomers to the annual-rankings ritual. ...

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College Rankings

College Rankings & Lists
US News & World Report  - Sep 13, 2011
See which schools take the lead in the 28th edition of the college rankings.....
Defining the 'Best' in Colleges
US News & World Report  - Sep 12, 2011
Over the last month, the release of college rankings has created a mad rush among families of college-bound students to find validation for the colleges that appear on their emerging short lists.....
The Case Against College Rankings
CBS News Moneywatch  - Sep 13, 2011
The wait — if that’s what you’ve been doing — is finally over for those eager to see who is up and who is down in US News & World Report’s annual college rankings....
The problem with the U.S. News college rankings
Washington Post  - Sep 13, 2011
Here’s the problem with the annual U.S. News & World Report college rankings: the rankings....
'U.S. News' Participation Drops
Inside Higher Ed  - Sep 13, 2011
Colleges and universities will be giving U.S. News & World Report lots of free publicity today as they boast about their advances in the magazine's annual college rankings....
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Manage the stress of applying for college  - Sep 13, 2011
If you are ever wondering why high school seniors are a little crankier than usual, here's some part of the laundry list that's keeping them up at night:..
High school, high stress
Miami Herald  - Sep 13, 2011
Juggling academic demands and extracurricular activities — and still having a life — can be a daunting challenge for teens...
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Campus Visits

Tips for planning college visits
The Orange County Register  - Sep 12, 2011
As summer ends, the college application process begins for many high school seniors. That means anywhere from two to six months of essay writing and filling out scholarship forms....
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FinAid - Scholarships

Discover Scholarships Just for Men
US News & World Report  - Sep 8, 2011
Up until the past decade or so, men were earning college degrees at a higher number than their female counterparts. And aside from athletic awards, scholarships specifically for men were not very common......
Merit scholarships
Simi Valley Acorn  - Sep 9, 2011
In an effort to avoid losing students to lower-cost public schools, private colleges have been increasing merit-based aid in recent years, with 36 percent of private colleges awarding scholarships or grants based on merit.......
What you can do to save on college costs
CNN Money  - Sep 8, 2011
Higher-education reform may be moving forward slowly, but your child is growing up fast. These four strategies will help you finance a degree -- without wrecking your retirement.....
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Colleges prefer ‘helicopter’ parents to disengaged ones
Providence Journal - Sep 7, 2011
Many faculty and staff in higher education lament the increasing — some would say unending — involvement of the parents of our college-aged students. ..
Parents: Stop Hovering Over Your College-Bound Kids
US News & World Report - Sep 14, 2011
College administrators say they're coping with a growing crop of Peters, freshmen suffering the aftereffects of having been raised by overinvolved parents. ..
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College Athletes

The NCAA And The So-Called Student-Athlete - Sep 14, 2011
I would like to state that a piece in the October issue of The Atlantic Monthly, which was released online Tuesday, may well be the most important article ever written about college sports ..
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Michigan Department of Education to raise bar on test scores
The Detroit News - Sep 8, 2011
State education officials are proposing a steep rise in testing standards that could trigger an equally sharp decline in the number of schools and districts where students are considered proficient in math, reading, science and social studies...
Bennett wants Indiana high school students to take online course
Evansville Courier & Press  - Sep 14, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS — Every high school student in Indiana should have to take at least one online course before graduating...
Indiana lawmakers: Tuition hikes hard on families
Indianapolis Star  - Sep 8, 2011
Indiana’s public university presidents were called on the carpet today by legislators who are concerned, even in some cases angry, about continually rising tuition and fees at a time when Hoosier families can least afford them....
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Dating Violence

17 Years After Violence Against Women Act, Vice President Calls on New Generation to Take Action
The White House (blog)  - Sep 14, 2011
Despite so much progress, young women still face the highest rates of dating violence and sexual assault– statistics that have led the Vice President over the past year to refocus his commitment to reducing violence on teens and young adults, aged 16-24....
Survey: 43% of College Aged Women Report Abuse
WUSA  - Sep 13, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA)-- The results of a new survey, "Liz Claiborne Inc.'s Love Is Not Abuse 2011 College Dating Violence and Abuse Poll,"...

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In Suburb, Battle Goes Public on Bullying of Gay Students
New York Times  - Sep 13, 2011
ANOKA, Minn. — This sprawling suburban school system, much of it within Michele Bachmann’s Congressional district, is caught in the eye of one of the country’s hottest culture wars — how homosexuality should be discussed in the schools....
Schools seeing shift on bullying
Boston Globe - Sep 13, 2011
School bullies, beware: Your prey is more likely than ever to report your bad behavior to a teacher or principal this year....


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