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|As States Defund Higher Ed, Colleges Respond with Steep Cuts |
WGBH.org - Nov 6, 2014
Since the Great Recession, the amount of money states invest in public higher education has dropped dramatically. That, coupled with a steep drop in enrollment, has led some state university systems to cut faculty and academic programs altogether. ...
|Why students have no idea what college actually costs |
Washington Post - Nov 12, 2014
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The teenager stapled together his family’s pay stubs, tax returns and credit card statements. He slid them into his red North Face backpack, between the Advanced Placement calculus textbook....
|Is a Bad College Education Illegal? |
TIME - Nov 11, 2014
Former North Carolina football player Michael McAdoo is suing the school over sham classes. Does the case have a shot?....
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|College Admissions: 3 Ways to Build Application Credentials |
GoLocalProv College Admissions - Nov 10, 2014
Every year, students and parents ask me how to stand out in the admissions process. While there are many answers, and they differ from one student to the next, most students miss out on a wealth of opportunities to distinguish ....
|It's Not Enough to Say You Are A Good Match for A College. Prove It! |
Pleasanton Weekly - Nov 11, 2014
Many colleges include a prompt that asks the question "Why do you want to attend our college?" You will see this item in different forms, such as "How did you first learn about our college and how did your interest develop?" or "What are the unique qualities about our college that make you want to attend?"....
|10 Steps to Make Your Junior Year Count |
NerdWallet - Nov 12, 2014
Your junior year is a pivotal point in your college experience: You’ve officially surpassed the halfway mark to achieving a college diploma and taken on the role of an upperclassman. Now is the time to take your experience one step further....
|Top 5 College Application Mistakes to Avoid |
Burlington County Times - Nov 6, 2014
With the majority of college application deadlines looming, it’s important to perform a thorough review of your applications to make sure an easily identifiable mistake doesn’t cost you an acceptance letter. ...
|Here’s what to include on your college application |
NBC News - Today Show - Nov 10, 2014
Video: College admissions professionals Ashley Pallie and Christoph Guttentag, along with Katherine Cohen from Ivywise, discuss the qualities of a great admissions essay and why it’s important for students to come across as authentic. ....
|4 Ways to Deal with College Admissions Competition |
Her Campus - Nov 10, 2014
You used to be those friends: the ones who told one another everything, did everything together, laughed at the same things together and gave the stink eye to anyone who dared try separating your crew.....
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Setting Up a College Counseling Office
Post - Nov 13, 2014
The key to a successful college counseling program is transparency—we create a curriculum and share it with the community, we create avenues of communication with students and parents to make sure they understand the goals of the curriculum.... More
|An Etiquette Guide to College Admissions News |
Huffington Post - Nov 10, 2014
Batten down the hatches, moms of high school seniors! Here come the legions of bragging parents, dying to tell you all about their college acceptances...
|How to avoid nagging students in the college scholarship process |
Huffington Post - Nov 10, 2014
College scholarships: Parents want their students to win them; students don’t want to spend the time to apply for them. What’s a parent to do? College is expensive and to parents, winning college scholarships seems like the easy way to reduce the amount they will have to pay...
Career & Technical Education
|In South Carolina, A Program That Makes Apprenticeships Work |
NPR.org - Nov 6, 2014
Several years ago, South Carolina had a problem: a shortage of skilled workers and no good way to train young people for the workforce. So at a time when apprenticeship programs were in decline in the U.S., the state started a program called Apprenticeship Carolina....
|More high schools teach manufacturing skills |
USA Today - Nov 12, 2014
WHEELING, ILL. — Javier Tamayo looks like a journeyman machinist as he briskly turns a wrench to replace a chipped tool in a computerized cutting device at Bridgestone's metal parts factory here....
SATs & ACTs
|3 Reasons straight A's don’t guarantee a high SAT score |
SAT Prep Examiner - Nov 10, 2014
Occasionally, bright high school students believe that because they are intelligent—with the grades and the GPA to prove it—they do not need to prep for the SAT. This is an awful myth, with very real consequences in the form of an uncompetitive SAT result.....
|Students Increasingly Take ACT Before Senior Year |
Ed Week (free registration required) - Nov 12, 2014
A new report out today from ACT, Inc. shows that 75 percent of high school students in the class of 2014 took the ACT before their senior year, up from 66 percent nearly 10 years ago....
|Another College-Access Issue: Financial-Aid Jargon |
Chronicle of Higher Ed - Nov 11, 2014
From his office window, Eric Johnson can see the groundskeeping staff clearing off the sidewalk with leaf blowers. Colleges like the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he works, pull out all the stops to make their campuses inviting....
|What you need to know about financial aid for college |
Charlotte Observer - Nov 10, 2014
Many college applications are signed, sealed and submitted, and now it’s time to move onto the serious stuff: money. Who doesn’t want to get the very best education at the very lowest price? ...
|Why You MUST Use Net Price Calculators! |
The College Solution - Nov 10, 2014
If your child is in the midst of applying to colleges, do you have an excellent idea of what each school on your child’s list will cost you? If you don’t, I strongly suggest that you temporarily halt the admission process and find out....
|Unlocking the mysteries of college financial aid |
Tyler Morning Telegraph - Nov 10, 2014
While the students I work with are mostly concerned with improving their GPA, test scores and essays, their parents often have a completely different concern: how are we going to pay for this?....
|Community colleges offering four-year degrees, too |
Lansing State Journal - Nov 10, 2014
Think community college and what may come to mind is the old image of an institution just a stop on the way to a four-year university. But today these colleges are about more than just picking up transfer credits.....
|Enrollment at some Ohio regional campuses falling |
WLWT - Nov 8, 2014
HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) —Regional college administrators in Ohio faced with falling student enrollment are searching for solutions, including offering more and diverse degrees.....
|Parents can pay now, save later on college tuition |
Detroit Free Press - Nov 10, 2014
The Michigan Education Trust was in its infancy in 1988 when Thomas Light of Saginaw made a gamble — investing nearly $30,000 in the hopes it would secure a college education for his four daughters....
|Dating dangers: Abusive behavior prevalent in teen relationships |
Uniontown Herald Standard - Nov 12, 2014
Both the Worcester Regional and Greater Boston Chambers of Commerce have been actively engaged with area colleges and universities to address talent retention in an effort to meet the commonwealth's workforce needs. ...
SATs & ACTs
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