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|Why your child won't graduate from college on time |
CBS News - Dec 3, 2014
Expect your child to graduate from college in four years? Not likely. The odds of getting a diploma on time are exceedingly low, according to a new report released this week by Complete College America, a nonprofit organization that works with states to improve graduation rates at public colleges and universities....
|Promiscuous College Come-Ons |
New York Times - OpEd - Nov 23, 2014
BETWEEN the last application season and the current one, Swarthmore College, a school nationally renowned for its academic rigor, changed the requirements for students vying to be admitted into its next freshman class. ....
|State-Related Community Colleges |
Inside Higher Ed - Dec 3, 2014
State spending on higher education has improved since the depths of the recession. But competition for public funds is intense in most states, where K-12, Medicaid and pensions are the primary budget drivers....
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|For Accomplished Students, Reaching a Good College Isn’t as Hard as It Seems |
New York Times - Upshot Blog - Nov 29, 2014
Earlier this year, Harvard announced that it had accepted 5.9 percent of the nearly 35,000 students who applied for admission to the class of 2018. The next day, Stanford announced an even more exacting 5.07 percent admission rate, the lowest in the university’s history....
|The Dangerous Allure of Party Schools |
The College Solution Blog - Nov 25, 2014
I watched CNN’s new documentary, Ivory Tower, last week, which has prompted me to write a depressing post for Thanksgiving week....
|Red flags in college admissions |
Bay Area College Admissions Examiner - Nov 24, 2014
Before submitting college applications, students should make sure their applications are free of red flags. A red flag in college admissions can be anything the admissions committee may question about a student as they are reading applications for admission..
|How to Finalize Your College List |
TeenLife Blog - Nov 21, 2014
With an abundance of college choices, picking which school to attend can be a very difficult decision for teens. Some students will say that they knew immediately when they stepped on a certain campus that it was the school for them...
|OnCollege: Things to do while waiting for responses to your applications |
San Jose Mercury News - Dec 1, 2014
Now that so many seniors have submitted their college applications, the hard part begins -- waiting. I know it can feel like torture to wait the few weeks or months until college decisions are released, but there are certainly some things you can do in the meantime:...
|College Admissions: 4 Things To Do While Waiting For Early Admissions |
GoLocalProv College Admissions - Nov 24, 2014
Many parents and students are anxiously awaiting the first round of college admission responses. Early action and early decision acceptances are usually returned around December 15, but some colleges will send them out sooner and some will go later....
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
School Counselor Summit II: Big Teams, Big Plans, Big Possibilities
Post - Dec 4, 2014
The White House initiative to strengthen school counselors and college access took a big step forward, when development teams from 30 states convened at the San Diego State University in mid-November.... More
|Counselor and Teacher Relationships: Thinking Ahead to College Admissions |
Huffington Post - Nov 17, 2014
TEACHERS ARE IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE From freshman through senior year of high school, aside from family members and friends, there is no one with whom you spend more time than teachers. While some large state universities don't require any teacher recommendations as part of the college application process.....
|Help for parents, students coping with first visit home |
Detroit Free Press - Nov 23, 2014
We’re coming up on one of the watershed moments of a college student’s freshman year — worse than the realization that the “freshman 15” is not an urban myth (except it’s more like the “freshman 3”) and more cringe-inducing than seeing a roommate in their underwear....
|How Helicopter Parents Can Help Their Kids Apply to the Right Colleges |
TIME - Dec 2, 2014
n previous TIME articles, I used the technique of the internal debate to help readers decide whether to quit their job and, in another article, whether to marry their special someone. Here, I use the internal debate to help parents resolve common dilemmas about college....
SATs & ACTs
|Leverage Your Learning Style for Better Test Prep Results |
US News - Dec 1, 2014
Standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT attempt to measure the performance of students when placed under equal constraints. If each test-taker answers the same questions, each should, in theory, have the same chance to perform well. ....
|Target 3 Overlooked SAT, ACT Test Prep Resources |
US News - Nov 24, 2014
Although standardized exams claim to test a student’s readiness for college, simply doing well in high school is rarely sufficient to guarantee success. Students who fared poorly in high school also have an opportunity to change their narrative by acing the ACT or SAT....
Career & Technical Education
|Guidance offered on career preparation |
Ed Source - Dec 2, 2014
Ensuring schools are adequately preparing students for careers is just as important as ensuring they prepare students for college, says a new paper that proposes districts add specific career-readiness measures,...
|10 Tips to Prepare for the FAFSA |
TeenLife Blog - Dec 2, 2014
f you haven’t watched the Hallmark Channel in the last few days, you might be surprised to find out that Christmas movies have already begun. The holidays are upon us, and that means the New Year is quickly approaching. ....
|ALLAN RODGERS: HOW TO SAVE THE VERMONT STATE COLLEGES |
VTDigger - Nov 25, 2014
Twenty years ago, the Vermont State Colleges hit the demographic iceberg of declining future high school graduates. The good ship VSC has been taking on water ever since and the slow sinking has finally become visible on the top deck. ....
|WHY COLLEGES HAVEN’T STOPPED BINGE DRINKING |
Chronicle of Higher Ed - Dec 2, 2014
espite decades of research, hundreds of campus task forces, and millions invested in bold experiments, college drinking remains as much of a problem as ever ....
SATs & ACTS
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