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ARCHIVES Something New - Something Old |
We have been asked more than once to have access to the archives. It sounds easy, but it required some thought on how to make it really useful. We are still working on it but here's what we have so far. Archives you will also see at the end of some of the topic sections a link to the archive for that topic. Let us know what you think. Thanks.
|How Liberal Arts Colleges Can Stop Fueling the “Skills Gap |
Harvard Business Review - Feb 4, 2014
HThere is a growing consensus among students, parents and employers that today’s young liberal arts graduates lack the skills needed to succeed in the post-Recession job market. Stories about this skills gap abound, such as the recent New York Times essay “Opening an Employment Door to the Young”...
|What's So Bad About Encouraging Students to Be Leaders? |
The Atlantic - Feb 2, 2014
Tara Isabella Burton’s recent Atlantic essay “Why Are American Colleges Obsessed with ‘Leadership’?” initially appears to make an appealing, convincing point: that American colleges—or at least their admissions departments—are detrimentally obsessed with a hollow notion of “leadership.” I expected to agree with it entirely, based on the headline alone....
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|Colleges Most Interested in Applicants' Grades, Course Rigor |
Education Week - Feb 3, 2014
It's that time of year when students have to select classes for the following year. In conversations with my students, I realize that no matter how stressed they are, their belief in what they can handle the following year is limitless...
|What Nonresidents Need to Know About Attending State Universities |
The College Solution Blog - Jan 30, 2014
If you have to pay nonresident tuition, are public universities worth the price? I think this is a good time to examine this issue since the Princeton Review just released it’s 2014 best value list of public colleges and universities....
|College Admission Mythbusters (Part 1) |
Bucks County Courier Times - Feb 3, 2014
Myth #1: An applicant should try to present as “well-rounded” to please admissions committees This myth remains pervasive among nervous applicants and their families. Sadly this misconception usually ends with many applicants entering their admissions interviews dressed in a safari outfit while simultaneously riding a unicycle, playing a didgeridoo...
College Admissions - Majors
|College Admissions: Insider Secrets for Pre-Med Applicants |
GoLocalWorcester - Feb 3, 2014
TIf you have to pay nonresident tuition, are public universities worth the price? I think this is a good time to examine this issue since the Princeton Review just released it’s 2014 best value list of public colleges and universities....
|The Liberal Arts Major: Would you like fries with that? |
True Admissions Blog - Jan 30, 2014
Wherever we speak across the country, we're asked by parents how to find out about outcomes for graduates. They want to know how they can justify a Classics or English or Art major when STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields are a sure thing with sizable salaries...
SATs & ACTs
|The High Cost Of Testing For College |
NPR.org - Feb 1, 2014
You think college is expensive? How about the cost of SAT and AP tests? Ben Tonelli, a senior at Garfield High School in Seattle, wrote an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal complaining about the costs.....
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - Feb 4, 2014
Ten Things Teachers Can do to Improve the College-Going Culture in Their Building (Leave a Copy of this in the Faculty Room)
1. Understand your school’s college counseling curriculum. It may seem like college counseling is all about “getting in” and finding a way to pay for college, but there’s much more to it. .... More
|Mr. President, School Counselors Are This Close to Being Happy(er) |
Huffington Post - Feb 3, 2014
Mr. President, it's easy to tell you've been thinking about school counselors, and we really appreciate it. The recent White House summit on college access highlighted how college is becoming more affordable and accessible, and that's good news for both school counselors and the students we serve...
|Federal College Ratings: Three Modest Steps |
Washington Monthly - Jan 31, 2014
Having worked on Capitol Hill, in the White House, and at the Education Department I know how frustrated policy makers can get with higher education’s insistence that taxpayers should just trust that colleges are doing the best job they can and should be left alone.....
|Some parents, educators are rethinking role of AP |
Idaho Statesman - Jan 29, 2014
BALTIMORE — If there is one thing Katie Boltz has mastered in high school, it is how to use every minute of her day efficiently. With five Advanced Placement classes, the Dulaney High School senior doesn't text her friends or watch TV so she can focus on homework - but still only manages three or four hours of sleep some nights....
|Parent abuse: When kids, teens bully Mom and Dad |
SILive - Jan 21, 2014
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Sean Grover had witnessed the “bullied parent” phenomenon unfold before his very eyes a few years ago. The licensed social worker was leading what had been a calm therapy session with a mother and her teenage son when suddenly....
|Financial Aid – Tips from an expert |
Charlotte Observer - Feb 3, 2014
I frequently write about financial aid, especially at this time of the year, but I am not a financial aid expert. People have contacted me with financial aid questions ranging from divorce settlements to residency status to the impact severance packages will have on their financial aid forms.y...
|6 Financial Aid Application Mistakes to Avoid |
Her Campus - Jan 30, 2014
College is expensive (as you’ve probably been told!), so of course financial aid is important. There are several types of aid you can apply for (like grants, loans and scholarships), which may seem intimidating and complicated. Believe us, though; it’s worth it!...
|Don't let fear of FAFSA stop you |
DC College Admissions Examiner - Feb 2, 2014
Fear of FAFSA is a known, but easily treatable syndrome. Often it begins with math phobia or chronic avoidance of anything related to personal finances. Individuals who have never balanced a checkbook or filed their own taxes are particularly susceptible....
|How we teach kids to cheat on tests |
Washington Post - Feb 2, 2014
Here is a piece about a cheating scandal in Wisconsin that speaks to a much larger problem about how and why kids cheat on tests. It was written by Vicki Abeles, a filmmaker, attorney and advocate for students and education...
|Ghostwriting for Chinese College Applicants |
Forbes - Feb 3, 2014
For as many colleges and universities as there are in the Western world, there exists an equivalent number of education consulting agencies in China...
|Vermont helps students with personalized learning plans |
Brattleboro Reformer - Jan 30, 2014
HINESBURG -- Abby Trombley wasn’t feeling challenged in school. So with the help of her parents the high school sophomore enrolled in classes at the University of Vermont and developed a job shadow with an orthopedic surgeon....
|Saving for college a top priority for most Mass. families, study says |
Boston.com - Jan 30, 2014
Eighty-three percent of Massachusetts parents cite saving for college as one of their top three savings priorities for 2014, according to the 2014 College Resolutions Study conducted by Fidelity Investments and the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA)....
|Maine eyes plans to make college more affordable |
Biddeford Journal Tribune - Jan 30, 2014
EAUGUSTA (AP) — Bills aimed at making college more affordable for Maine students will boost degree completion and yield significant benefits for the state, supporters said Wednesday....
Teen Dating Violence
|Online dating dangers for teens |
Newsday - Feb 3, 2014
Teen dating websites are turning out to be trouble because where teens gather online, so do the pedophiles and the people who want to harm them. Some kids are putting too much their private information online. ...
SATs & ACTs
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