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College Big Picture
|New pressure on colleges to disclose grads’ earnings |
Hechinger Report - Jan 16, 2013
Joyce English was about to start studying toward an associate degree she hoped would lead to a job as a consultant to healthcare companies around Tacoma, Wash., where she lives.. .
|Removing the Merit Scholarships |
Washington Monthly - Jan 16, 2013
Administrators from America’s private colleges are considering a plan to stop issuing merit scholarships, and distribute financial aid based solely on demonstrated financial need...
|Colleges In Crisis As Enrollment Dips |
WBUR.org - Here and Now - Jan 15, 2013
Enrollment at more than 40 percent of private colleges and universities declined last year, forcing the institutions to offer steep tuition discounts to fill seats. Even with that, colleges began the academic year with a record number of spots still available, according to the non-partisan, non-profit education news organization, The Hechinger Report....
|High School Graduation Rate Moves Up |
Wall Street Journal - Jan 15, 2013
America’s high school graduation rate, which stagnated for the last three decades of the 20th century, is now climbing, according to a new, comprehensive look at the key education gauge by Harvard University economist Richard Murnane...
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|Avoid 4 Common Pitfalls While Searching for Colleges |
US News & World Report News - Jan 15, 2013
After spending months searching for colleges, our family became very well-versed on what works, and what doesn't, when trying to find that perfect school. Here are some of the pitfalls we fell into, but you can avoid.....
|Top 10 College Application Mistakes |
CBS8 San Diego - Jan 14, 2013
Misspellings and grammatical errors – This is a big pet peeve of admissions people. If you misspell on something as important as the application, it shows that either you don't care or you aren't good at spelling....
|Winter checklist for high school juniors |
Charlotte Observer - Jan 15, 2013
While most seniors are happily done with their part of the college admissions process, now it’s time for juniors to get engaged. Here’s what high school juniors and their families should be thinking about and doing over the next few months....
|High School Junior January-June Admission To-Do's |
Huffington Post - Jan 14, 2013
Do you wonder what all the buzz around junior year is about? Well, truth is that college admissions officers seem most interested in that year. This is the time to shine!...
|Beyond the SATs |
Washington Monthly - Jan 16, 2013
Apparently under the impression that existing tests students use for admittance to universities is not enough to fully predict their success, American colleges are now trying to develop measures of “noncognitive” ability....
|A new topic for your college admissions essay: Money |
MarketPlace - Jan 4, 2013
College admissions officers say that more high school seniors than usual are writing their college essays about money issues. Applicants are tackling everything from foreclosures to parents getting laid off and how money fits into the happiness equation. ... .
|College essays say a lot about society |
Frenso Bee - Jan 5, 2013
At the University of Michigan, one application essay talked about how local education cutbacks forced high school students to pay money to play team sports. As a result, the writer could no longer afford to play. ... .
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - Jan 17, 2013
The Column to Pass Along to Your Principal
It’s time to plan ahead to honor a profession that excels in being flexible and going with the flow. National School Counselor Week is slated for February 4-8;.... More
|School counselors' roles are vital in preventing violence |
Orlando Sentinel - Jan 17, 2013
In his response to the tragic mass shooting of 26 elementary schoolchildren and staff members in Newtown, Conn., President Obama captured the sentiments of our country by stating, "Our hearts are broken," and that "we have been through this too many times.".. .
SATs & ACTs/AP Tests
|One simple trick for improving ACT or SAT test scores |
DC College Admissions Examiner - Jan 15, 2013
For most high school juniors, standardized test season is about to take off. Although a few eager beavers already tested the waters by taking tests in November or December, the vast majority of college-bound juniors will be signing up for test dates between now and June....
|Prepare for Financial Aid Changes in 2013 |
US News & World Report - Jan 14, 2013
The new year is only a few weeks old, but there are already reasons for college students to pay attention to the financial aid landscape for 2013...
|Answering a Dad’s Financial Aid Question |
The College Solution Blog - Jan 14, 2013
Today I’m answering a question from a father, who is puzzled by the Expected Family Contribution figure he generated when using an EFC calculator. I think my answer to him will be helpful for just about anybody who will eventually be filing for financial aid.. .
|Avoid these 8 financial aid mistakes |
CBS News MoneyWatch - Jan 15, 2013
(MoneyWatch) This is the time of year when millions of parents and students are grappling with financial aid forms. It's also the time of year when many families make financial aid mistakes. .. .
|Ruining Our Children: The Scourge of College Admissions |
Huffington Post - Jan 15, 2013
Sometimes love is far worse than indifference. Parental love powers the frenzy over college admissions, but in the process it distorts every ideal of higher education while it robs adolescents of dignity and even of selfhood... .
|Clarity and Confusion From Tuition Calculators |
New York Times - Jan 16, 2013
The annual ritual of college admissions has shifted from the season of applying to the season of waiting. While that means an anxious vigil for millions of teenagers like Zachary Ewell, it goes double for their parents. ... .
|Want Your Kids to Succeed? Don't Pay For Their Education |
Forbes - Jan 16, 2013
A new national study has found that the more money parents pay for their kids’ college educations, the worse their kids tend to perform, at least when it comes to grades. According to “More Is More or More is Less?.. .
|SUNY's plan to cut college costs |
Long Island College Prep Examiner - Jan 16, 2013
The State University of New York (SUNY) system plans to save its college students money by offering new online degrees and three-year degrees. It is up to each student to decide through college prep....
|Report: Maine students ahead of nation in college readiness |
Portland Free Press - Jan 16, 2013
Maine’s high school graduates are less likely to need remedial courses in college than their counterparts across the nation, according to the first reports from Maine’s colleges detailing how many incoming freshmen need to take remedial math or reading courses.....
|Gov. Patrick: Mass. must expand education access |
Business Week - Jan 16, 2013
BOSTON (AP) — Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick on Tuesday unveiled a school investment plan he says will expand access to education for students from birth through high school. ....
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