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College Big Picture

Students footing more of bill for public higher ed
The Associated Press  - Mar 16, 2012
The "public" component of public higher education is rapidly eroding, with public colleges now getting more than 43 percent of their revenues from student tuition as opposed to state and local taxpayers, compared to less than 30 percent as recently as a decade ago.....
Why Tuition Keeps Increasing
Washington Monthly  - Mar 21, 2012
Despite the Obama administration’s very public efforts to control the cost of higher education, many institutions continue to hike tuition dramatically. ....
Choosing a college without knowing its cost
Washinton Post - College Inc.  - Mar 20, 2012
Imagine having to make a decision about a house or car purchase without knowing exactly what it costs. That is more or less the situation facing many high school seniors this month and next. Colleges strongly encourage— even pressure— students to make an enrollment commitment as early as possible....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

High school juniors: Get going with goals when college calls
NorthJersey.com  - Mar 15, 2012
It's good to have goals. Goals give you direction on your journey through life. And although you're likely to hit some bumps along the way, and even change course a few times, goals do give you purpose-something to aim for.....
Top 15 conservative colleges in the US
CBS News MoneyWatch  - Mar 21, 2012
If you agree with Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum that colleges are too liberal, take heart. There are institutions of higher learning that pride themselves on their conservatism.....
Admissions Expert Offers Tips On Getting Into College
Bethesda Magazine  - Mar 16, 2012
College acceptance letters will be arriving soon, followed by the inevitable news stories about the students with the perfect grades and resumes who didn’t get into their top choices....
College Admissions: The Musical
US News Univeristy  - Mar 16, 2012
Today, it goes without saying that countless students turn to YouTube to watch both educational and entertaining videos. In fact, YouTube's press website reports that more than 4 billion videos are viewed on the site each day....
College Board Launches New Web Resource for Students
Education Week  - Mar 20, 2012
Today the College Board launched a free resource on its website, BigFuture, aimed at engaging students in the college-planning and -search process. With bolder graphics, more videos, and a process that draws in users with questions, the tool is pumping up the hip factor in an appeal to tech-savvy students....
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Congrats On Your College Rejection: Use It Wisely
Huffington Post - Mar 20, 2012
Over the next week or so, families across the country will find out that they've been turned away from the college(s) of their dreams. ...
Can college decisions be reversed?
Mercury News  - Mar 20, 2012
Q: I just learned that I did not get accepted to the college of my choice. But I know people with lower grades and scores who did get in. Can I appeal the decision?....
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Campus Interviews

Good and Bad Questions to Ask During Your College Interview
About.com - Mar 19, 2012
However, nearly all interviewers will also give you an opportunity to ask questions about their college. The interview isn't just for the interviewer to learn about you. It is also an opportunity for you to learn more about the college. When you get a turn to ask questions...
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Campus Visits

What to do before planning campus visits
Charlotte Observer - Mar 20, 2012
Now that college students have returned from their beach breaks and campuses are back in full swing, it’s time for families with high school students to break out the atlas for the annual ritual of spring break campus visits...
Admissions 101: Ban parents from final college visits
Washington Post - Mar 20, 2012
You can feel the excitement. The college acceptances are about to arrive. (There will be rejections, too, but this blogger is a devout optimist, so humor him.) Each college that offers admittance is a different fork in the road of life. Which would be best?...
College visits = March Madness
Kansas City Star - Mar 19, 2012
March Madness is here! However, if you're one of the millions of parents of college-bound high school juniors and seniors, the real madness is squeezing in college visits during this busy time. Juniors are beginning the...
Nine Ways to Cut the Cost of College Visits
Fox Business - Mar 19, 2012
Experts stress the importance of campus visits before students make a commitment, but visiting multiple schools across the nation can rack up a hefty bill. Here’s how the experts say families can keep costs to a minimum and still get the information needed to make a decision on where to enroll in the fall..
Learning about colleges without traveling to visit
Mercer Island Reporter - Mar 19, 2012
I am interested in learning more about certain colleges, but do not have time to travel to visit the colleges....
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Financial Aid/Scholarships

An Inside Look at Financial Aid Appeals
The College Solution Blog - Mar 20, 2012
When you appeal a college’s financial aid award what happens to your request? During the last admission season, The Chronicle of Higher Education provided an inside glimpse into how a financial aid appeal is handled internally in a fascinating article entitled:...
College Admissions: 4 Ways to Increase Your Financial Aid Package
GoLocalProv - Mar 19, 2012
Over the next few weeks, many families with high school seniors will be comparing financial aid packages. The early returns for aid this year are not looking as generous as in past years. ...
Comparing college costs can be tricky
DesMoinesRegister.com - Mar 22, 2012
Families can compute costs at any university in the country with new online calculators, but the number-crunchers can be hard to find and difficult to use...
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College Parents Can Only Watch as Dorm-Room Door Slams
Bloomberg - Mar 21, 2012
Not one like that room. That’s what parents of high school seniors are saying to themselves this spring as they send in the new-car-level deposit for their darling’s college dorm room and tuition...
How to Choose and Keep a College Roommate
US News & World Report - Mar 20, 2012
Some college roommates become friends for life. Others put in transfer requests before their first exams. Following these suggestions may not guarantee that you are in the first group, but it can help keep you out of the second....

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The agony and the ecstasy
Napa Valley Register - Mar 19, 2012
For all you parents of high school seniors out there — I feel your pain. We are all going through our own version of March Madness: the agony of waiting for college admission letters.
Top 10 college search websites for parents
DC College Admissions Examiner - Mar 21, 2012
For 35 years, the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) has supported a membership of independent school and college advisors working in private practice to assist students and families with educational decision-making....
Taking Charge of College Admission Stress: How Parents Can Keep Their Kids (and Themselves) on Track
Huffington Post - Mar 19, 2012
March is college admissions decision time, and it has families with high school seniors on the edge of their seats. Whether it's using all of your restraint not to tackle the mailman to see if the envelopes are thick (accepted) or thin (rejected or maybe wait-list), ...
College Timeline for Neurotic Parents
Huffington Post - Mar 15, 2012
March is prime time for college neurosis. Seniors are waiting for decisions and juniors are preparing to receive scores for the SATs they bombed. But if your child is under ten, or better yet, still in utero, you can alleviate a lot of stress by adhering to this handy timeline: ...
How Much Sleep for Teens?
Huffington Post - Mar 21, 2012
It's a mantra from physicians, sleep experts and other health professionals we've come to expect: Teenagers are short on sleep. This lack of sleep contributes to a range of problems, including poor decision-making and reduced academic performance. ...
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Mar 22, 2012
Three College Admission Trends That Are Only Getting Bigger
Hollywood might think The Hunger Games is being released this Friday, but school counselors know the craving for meaty college messages has been on for three months.... More

Grieving kids say schools could be better at helping
USA Today - Mar 15, 2012
But a new survey suggests many grieving kids don't get as much help as they'd like from schools, even as they draw strength from friends and families and struggle with sadness and feelings of isolation....
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Report: US makes modest gains in graduation rate
CBS News - Mar 20, 2012
HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The last straw for 17-year-old Alton Burke was a note left on his door. The high school dropout picked up the phone and re-enrolled at South Hagerstown High...
No Diploma, No GED, No Aid
Inside Higher Ed - Mar 20, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Students who wanted to attend college, but didn’t have a high school diploma or GED, used to be able to get federal grants and loans through a back door: either take a basic skills test to prove their “ability to benefit” from a college education, or successfully complete six credits..
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International Students

Got admission into an overseas college? Checklist for obtaining student visa
Economic Times - Mar 19, 2012
For those of you who have got admission into a college overseas, the next crucial step is obtaining a student visa. For US, the student visa process begins in May-June and for other countries it is around June-July ...
Shady Agents Help Chinese Students Enter US Universities
Voice of America - Mar 21, 2012
A record number of Chinese are now studying at U.S. universities. But admissions experts say many of those students are turning to dishonest admissions agents to help fake their application materials....
Chinese High School Students Aspire to Enroll in U.S.-
Inside Higher Ed - Mar 19, 2012
Enrolling in college in the United States remains a top goal of students at national high schools in major Chinese cities, according to a new poll by Art & Science Group, which advises American colleges on enrollment strategies...
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Tech College System to Link State Funds to Student Jobs
Texas Tribune - Mar 20, 2012
Texas State Technical College System officials say their top priority is placing students in good jobs. And they're preparing to put their money where their mouths are. ...
Colleges work to improve graduation rates
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Mar 19, 2012
ATHENS -- Georgia college students delivered a clear message to faculty and administrators Monday: Help us succeed. Students said they need more advisers, flexible scheduling and academic support if they are to stay in college and earn a degre.
Texas Schools Cope as Classes Expand and Staffs Shrink
Texas Tribune - Mar 16, 2012
SAN ANTONIO — Ask Phyllis Causey what time she goes to lunch, and the third-grade teacher will give a very specific answer: 11:55 a.m...
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School Violence

Violence In Schools: How Big A Problem Is It?
NPR,org - Mar 16, 2012
When an Ohio high school student killed three classmates in a shooting rampage several weeks ago, it once again brought a national spotlight to a problem widely believed to be epidemic in schools.....
When rumor, the Internet and school violence fears collide
MSNBC - Mar 8, 2012
"He’d be the type to bring a gun to school.” These words – or something close – were allegedly uttered by a female student in a high school classroom last Friday in Girard, Pa., about one hour’s drive from Chardon, Ohio. ....



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