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College Big Picture

College is still worthwhile, study finds
Los Angeles Times - Dec 29, 2011
With college costs soaring and new graduates struggling to land jobs, is higher education still worth the money? Yes, according to an analysis by one recent college graduate who has studied the issue carefully.....
Stop Letting High-School Courses Count for College Credit
Chronicle Of Higher Ed - Jan 1, 2012
It has been 25 years since I ended administrative service to return to the joys of full-time teaching and research in a science department at a major research university....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

College Admissions: Handling Early Deferrals + Rejections
GoLocalProv - Dec 25, 2011
For many seniors around the country, early admission returns have begun to roll in. For some, it is a time of exuberance because they have been accepted to their first choice college...
Juniors, start your application checklist
Charlotte Observer - Jan 03, 2012
Happy New Year, juniors! The mantle has been passed from the seniors to you. Now it's your turn to go through the college admissions process. Here are some things you should be thinking about over the next few months:....
What Are the Most Important Parts of the College Application?
US News & World Report - UNIGO - Dec 28, 2011
Grades, standardized test scores, personal statements, teacher recommendations—there are many different pieces to the college application puzzle. Do any of these components sway admissions officers more than the rest?....
Community College 101: What Students Should Know
Fox Business - Dec 28, 2011
In the face of rising tuition costs, more students are opting to attend their local community college to get an associate’s degree or take their core classes at a cheaper price....
College Prep: Notes from A-Z for college planning success
Nevada Appeal - Jan 1, 2012
Therefore, I have created an A-Z list of college planning notes and tips to assist aspiring college students (and those who love them) navigate the journey before them....
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College application essay questions yield to quirkier, shorter statements
Detroit Free Press  - Dec 26, 2011
Let's say you are confronting one of the most important decisions of your life. But first, you must describe your favorite thing about last Tuesday. ...
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Kiplinger's Best Values in Public Colleges
Kiplinger - Jan 03, 2012
Compare the 100 top values in public colleges and universities, or create your own custom lists of individual colleges or schools from a particular state....
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Jan 4, 2012
The Holiday Gift You Missed—A Chance to do Your Job
There’s an excellent chance you missed your best holiday present. It wasn’t tossed over your fence or delivered by sleigh, and while it isn’t a coffee shop gift card, it can still provide a kick.. ... More

4 Must-Ask Questions for Your High School Guidance Counselor
US News & World Report  - Dec 27, 2011
High school guidance counselors are a wealth of information, but it's helpful to know what to ask to make the best use of this resource....
High school counselors should know more about College
LA College Bound Examiner  - Jan 4, 2012
A counselor’s knowledge on college admission, scholarships and standardized testing can be limited. College counselors need to be experts on these matters. ....
School counseling effectiveness
Beverly Hills School Rankings Examiner  - Jan 4, 2012
The responsibility of a school counselor is to provide counseling programs in areas of academic, career and personal level.....
Report: Counselors Are Untapped Resource in College Readiness
Ed Week (registration) - Dec 20, 2011
Too often, high school counselors are stuck with menial tasks or bogged down helping a few troubled students. A better use of their time would be to guide students for life beyond high school and would lead to a college- and career-ready ...

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Financial Aid/FAFSA

Get ready for the new federal student aid application
CBS News MoneyWatch  - Dec 28, 2011
Are you ready to tackle the FAFSA? Every year, parents of high school seniors must steel themselves for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.....
Time to get started on college financial aid
MarketWatch  - Jan 4, 2012
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Financial aid may be tougher to get this year — at a time when college costs are rising and some families need aid more than ever.....
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Don't believe scholarship myths
Charlotte Observer  - Dec 27, 2011
The worst thing about all of the myths surrounding college scholarships is that they stop students from believing that they have a chance of receiving aid, and frequently prevent them from applying for scholarship opportunities...
Top 10 New Year's Resolutions for Scholarship Seekers
US News & World Report  - Dec 29, 2011
As we wrap up 2011, the Scholarship Coach also celebrates its first birthday. We hope that over the last year we've given you some meaningful insight on scholarship searching and unique opportunities....
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Standardized Testing - ACT, SAT Affect Students' Chances of Entering College, Gaining Scholarships - Dec 28, 2011
A college education is more important than ever, yet the U.S. ranks 12th in the world in college completion. Students and parents need accurate information about the college admissions process-- and the necessary admission tests: the ACT and the SAT. ...
College Entrance Exams Run Afoul Of ADA Requirements, Report Finds
Disability Scoop  - Jan 3, 2012
Too little is being done to ensure that students with disabilities receive appropriate accommodations on the SAT, ACT and other standardized tests, according to a new government report....
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Gap Year

As Jan. 1 Application Deadline Nears, an Argument for a Yearlong Breather
New York Times - The Choice - Dec 29, 2011
As the cultural significance that Americans attach to the college admissions process gets ratcheted up year after year, it can frequently seem as if where we go to college has become more important than what we actually do with the opportunity once we get there....
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The Perfect Score: Cheating on the SAT
CBS News - Jan 1, 2012
In his first interview about his criminal fraud, Sam Eshaghoff tells how he was able to take the SAT and ACT college admissions exams for others who paid him up to $2,500 per test. Alison Stewart reports.....
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Why A Teen Who Talks Back May Have A Bright Future - Jan 3, 2012
If you're the parent of a teenager, you likely find yourself routinely embroiled in disputes with your child. Those disputes are the symbol of teen developmental separation from parents....
Why the Dirty Dishes and Stinky Socks of College Kids Home Don't Bother Me This Year
Huffington Post  - Dec 31, 2011
Every time I get into my car, I have to move the seat forward again. We are constantly running out of milk and orange juice. There is noise in the house in the middle of the night. And there are dirty dishes in every single room....
The Best College Advice You Never Hear
Norwalk Patch  - Dec 26, 2011
We’re all so involved in our kids’ education that it can feel like the whole family is applying to college. But resist the urge to blab even after the campus interview goes well. Even when the stellar report card arrives. Just zip it...
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New effort to make kids college-ready
The Columbus Dispatch  - Dec 25, 2011
Teachers in elementary, middle and high school often team up to help students prepare for the next level....
Michigan’s Department of Education to pay for certain standardized tests
Michigan Radio  - Dec 28, 2011
"The state is launching a pilot program that’ll cover the costs of some standardized tests over the next two years. The Michigan Department of Education hopes the data from the tests will help public schools meet tougher state mandates.....
Strict testing rules can prevent cheating – if they're followed
Chicago Tribune  - Dec 23, 2011
"Test security is paramount when it comes to high-stakes exams, and the Illinois State Board of Education provides strict rules for educators to follow. Breaking rules can breach security, paving the way for cheating to occur.....
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Teen Dating Violence

In Chris Brown's Big Year, Tough Questions On Abuse - Jan 2, 2012
'They Were Blaming Her' Just after he beat Rihanna in 2009, the Boston Public Health Commission's Start Strong Initiative polled teens in Boston to see how they felt about the incident...
Dating Violence in Teens
Patch - Jan 4, 2012
I recently wrote about bullying and realized that teasing and name calling is also a characteristic of dating violence...
Dating violence can come as big surprise
Kearney Hub  - Jan 4, 2012
We all have heard that love is blind, but have you considered the possibility that love also is ignorant? That’s an important thought as our teenage children enter their dating years......


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