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|Is This The End Of The College Boom? |
WBUR.org Here & Now - Sep 5, 2013
The Census Bureau reports that the number of students pursuing college degrees has fallen for the first time since 2006.
The greatest decline happened among students age 25 and older...
|How Gothic Architecture Took Over the American College Campu |
The Atlantic - Sep 11, 2013
The campus of Yale University, 1921. Midnight.
It is perhaps the most important job of your career. You, a successful architect, have been selected by a rich donor to build a new tower here, on your alma mater’s campus, at Yale...
|The Most (And Least) Lucrative College Majors, In 1 Graph |
NPR.org - Sep 10, 2013
Erin Ford graduated from the University of Texas two years ago with a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering. Recruiters came to campus to woo her. She got a paid summer internship, which turned into a full-time job after she graduated. Now, at age 24, she makes $110,000 a year.....
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|Avoid These Big College Application Mistakes |
US News & World Report - Sep 11, 2013
Colleges are sure to find your international baccalaureate degree impressive – but not if you call it an "international bachelorette" on your application. That's a spell-check-induced gaffe cited by deans of admission at more than a couple schools. ....
|College Admissions: 5 Majors You Need to Choose Before You Apply |
GoLocalProv College Admissions - Sep 9, 2013
While many students will apply to colleges with a major designation of “undecided”, there are pitfalls to doing that. In larger universities, it can be VERY difficult to switch from the colleges of arts and sciences into the business or engineering college....
|Beware of the College Red Carpet |
The College Solution Blog - Sep 6, 2013
I received an email yesterday from a friend of mine whose son is a brilliant high school senior. She wanted to know what they should think about invitations her son has received to apply to colleges through VIP or priority applications.....
|Unrigging the Admissions System |
Slate - Sep 5, 2013
With the new school year comes the frenzy of another admissions season, as students rabidly compete to get into the nation’s top schools. As the admissions dean at Yale Law School, I love getting the dirt on how much money people spend to game the system. ....
|Understanding college application deadline options |
Spokane College Examiner - Sep 6, 2013
As high school seniors begin their college applications for fall 2014 admission, there are sure to be many confusing aspects in the process. One that seems like it should be straightforward – application due dates – can add to the confusion with the number of choices available.....
|3 Reasons to Apply Early Action to College |
US News & World Report - Sep 6, 2013
As students enter senior year of high school and meet the pressures and anxiety that come along with applying to college, one question that must be considered is whether to apply to a college early. The most common way to apply to a college early is through early decision....
|Uncommon requests from Common Application member colleges |
DC College Admissions Examiner - Sep 11, 2013
One of the more curious aspects of the new Common Application is the extent to which member colleges and universities have been allowed to individualize their applications by tailoring questions on their member pages and creating unique prompts within their writing supplements.....
|Who wants to talk about their failures? |
Charlotte Observer - Sep 9, 2013
Who wants to talk about their failures? Most students approach the Common Application Prompt No. 2, also known as “The Edison Prompt,” with fear and trepidation. It says: “Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure....
SATs & ACTs
|The Case Against the SAT |
US News & World Report - Sep 6, 2013
The debate over the use of standardized test scores in college admissions is not new. Opponents condemn the practice as biased; proponents tout it as a critical indicator of future academic success. But few live the experience from both sides.....
Rankings and Reactions
|Best College Rankings and Lists |
US News & World Report - Sep 10, 2013
Use our exclusive rankings to find the best college for you. The US News search tool will help you narrow your search to find the perfect college. ...
|Why U.S. News' college rankings hurt students |
CBS News MoneyWatch - Sep 10, 2013
(MoneyWatch) U.S. News & World Report released its college rankings at midnight and, as usual, there was no suspense in which university was crowned No. 1. ...
|Why U.S. News college rankings shouldn’t matter to anyone |
Washington Post - Sep 10, 2013
Another year, another set of college rankings from U.S. News & World Report, another opportunity to explore what value the most closely watched “best school” lists actually offer to students and families. Not much, if any. ...
Breaking Down the 2014 US News Rankings |
Washington Monthly - Sep 11, 2013
Yesterday was a red-letter day for many people in the higher education community—the release of the annual college rankings from U.S. News and World Report. While many people love to hate the rankings for an array of reasons (from the perceived focus on prestige to a general dislike of accountability in some sectors) ...
|Rescue Lunches and Parents' Role in the College Admission Process |
True Admissions Blog - Sep 4, 2013
On my daily path between office and mail room, I always notice a long line of lunch bags, Sharpie-labeled with students’ names and often sporting the logo of one of the popular local delis. I walk past the lunch-bag display, conquering the urge to snitch a bag and munch on the potato chips therein,....
|Parental Warning: U.S. News & World Report Releases Best Colleges Rankings |
Huffington Post - Sep 11, 2013
Like every year, as summer wraps and college-bound parental panic begins to surge, U.S. News and World Report shares its rankings of Best Colleges. While one can appreciate the painstaking data collection and the voluminous amount of information packed into one document....
|Should You Bring Mom and Dad to Your Job Interview? |
Wall Street Journal - Sep 10, 2013
Paul From was used to meeting the spouses and children of employees at company events. As chief executive of Central Wire Industries, a manufacturing firm based in Perth, Ontario, he has long held regular baseball games to get to know his employees better....
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - Sep 11, 2013
All Hail the College Road Warriors
We’ve talked about the dos and don’ts of college road trips—basically, anything done by Raven and John Belushi is out, and never do something that would make your mother want to shout. Another kind of road trip happens when college admissions officers visit your high school... More
|Who are school counselors? |
Lodi News - Sep 7, 2013
School counselors, referred to as “guidance counselors” in the past, help every student improve academic achievement, personal and social development and career planning.....
|‘Who is going to help me?’ In Philly schools, life without counselors |
MSNBC - Sep 6, 2013
According to the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, no school with fewer than 600 students will be assigned a counselor. Only one counselor will be assigned to a school with 600 or more students. And only those schools with more than 1,500 students will receive more than one counselor....
|College Scholarship Resources for Autistic Students |
Grand Rapids Community Colleges Examiner - Sep 9, 2013
Parents of autistic students are often frustrated by the lack of resources available when it comes to helping their children find scholarships and grants for college. College scholarships for autistic students are out there, however....
|Negotiate the Best Possible Financial Aid Deal |
US News & World Report - Sep 10, 2013
The recession and sputtering economy made it harder for families to pay for college even as they have hurt college endowments. On March 1, the Department of Education warned that the across-the-board budget cuts known as "sequestration" would hit federal financial aid programs hard. ...
|Vocational schools fight stigmas of the past |
Marysville Journal Tribune - Sep 11, 2013
In the 1970s, Kim Wilson was a “vocational” student. She took a vocational business program to gain skills and work her way through school.
“I had to overcome the skepticism of my school counselors and my own parents about taking a ‘vocational’ program,” said Wilson...
|Behind the Class of 2014, Texas' Demographic Future |
Texas Tribune - Sep 10, 2013
When the high school class of 2014 graduates this spring, it will mark the beginning of a new era for Texas public schools. The current crop of seniors will likely be among the last not containing a majority of Hispanic students...
|Will New Common Standards Mean Less Teaching To The Test? |
State Impact - Florida - Sep 5, 2013
One of the big questions as Florida and 44 other states transition to new education standards and new tests over the next few years is how much time will teachers have to spend teaching to the test?...
Teen Dating Abuse
|LGBT youth face higher rate of dating abuse |
press release from The Urban Institute - Sep 6, 2013
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender teenagers are at much greater risk of dating abuse than their heterosexual counterparts, with transgender teens especially vulnerable to victimization, an Urban Institute report shows....
SATs & ACTs
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