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|U.S. high school dropout rate reaches record low, driven by improvements among Hispanics, blacks |
Pew Research Center - Oct 7, 2014
More U.S. high school students are staying in school, according to newly released data from the Census Bureau, as the national dropout rate reached a record low last year. Just 7% of the nationís 18-to-24 year olds had dropped out of high school, continuing a steady decline in the nationís dropout rate since 2000, when 12% of youth were dropouts.....
|Throw Out the College Application System |
New York Times - Oct 5, 2014
THE college admissions system is broken. When students submit applications, colleges learn a great deal about their competence from grades and test scores, but remain in the dark about their creativity and character. Essays, recommendation letters and alumni interviews provide incomplete information ....
|Why even top tier students should consider community colleges |
PBS Newshourr - Oct 6, 2014
As a top student in high school, Amy Miramontes-Franco knew she was destined for college.
But she surprised even herself when, for financial reasons and because she hadnít yet decided on a major, she began her higher education at a local community college.....
|Can focusing on workplace skills increase college completion rates? |
Hechinger Report - Oct 6, 2014
When Cheryl Hyman, a former utilities executive, was tapped to become chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago, the system of seven community colleges had a graduation crisis: Only seven percent of students were finishing their educations in a timely manner.....
|Stymied on the Cusp of College |
Chronicle of Higher Education - Oct 6, 2014
More than a million recent high-school graduates across the country have taken the next important step in their lives by enrolling in college. All of the promises associated with a college education are now before them. ....
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|Everything you need to know about applying early |
DC College Admissions Examiner - Oct 7, 2014
With each passing year, the college admission process gets just a little more complicated. Colleges adjust the rules, add new rules, or completely ignore the rules.....
|On College: What to do about mistakes in applications |
San Jose Mercury News - Oct 6, 2014
Question: My son submitted his college applications early, but accidentally sent three before they were ready. Some answers are wrong and some don't present him in the best light. What do you recommend we do to fix the situation? I'm concerned that calling the colleges will start him off with them on a bad note.....
|College Admissons: 4 Ways To Avoid Rejection Of Your Application |
GoLocalProv College Admissions - Oct 6, 2014
As many students hit the ďsubmitĒ button and send off their college applications, they forget that the application itself is just one part of what needs to be submitted. There are several other documents that must be received in order for a college to consider your file ready for review....
|Containing the cost of applying to college |
CNBC - Oct 3, 2014
If you are worried about the cost of college, you have plenty of company. College tuition hikes have been outpacing inflation for years, and nearly three quarters of the class off 2012 graduated with student loans. ....
|What Is Early Decision? |
NerdWallet - Oct 2, 2014
Students who are accepted into college early have the advantage of peace of mind during their senior year of high school. Applying early decision is a smart move for the confident applicant to stand out from the pack. ...
|5 ways to avoid a cringe-worthy essay |
Charlotte Observer - Oct 6, 2014
With college application season comes the pressure to produce high-quality admissions essays. Make no mistake Ė regardless of the wording of the question, virtually all admissions essays are truly asking, "Who are you?" Secondarily, they allow college or university admissions staff members to assess your ability to form a coherent narrative.....
|College Admissions: Common Application Prompt, Learning from Failure |
GoLocalPDX College Admissions - Oct 1, 2014
The intention of this series is to show readers a sample of a good essay in response to each of the Common Application prompts. This essay is an actual college admission essay, written and submitted by a real student. It is followed by comments from admissions professionals about what makes this personal statement effective....
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
The College Application Mistake That Can Really Hurt You
Post - Oct 9, 2014
I always encourage seniors to relax a little. I'm still sticking to that, but it seems there is one part of the application that could benefit from a little more, shall we say, focus..... More
|School Counselors Have Enormous Impact on Students, Study Finds |
Education World - Oct 7, 2014
When reflecting on a student's performance in school, whether one is evaluating discipline or test scores, the tendency is to look for a teacher's or principal's influence on a child. It's often forgotten, however, that school counselors play a huge role in students' lives. ....
SATs & ACTs
|What to Know Before Starting SAT, ACT Prep |
US News - Oct 6, 2014
Deciding whether to take the ACT or the SAT as his or her college entrance exam is one of the most important decisions a high school student must make. Although the tests are similar in many ways, there are key differences to consider before choosing one and beginning your prep. ....
|FAFSA college list shared with colleges |
Bay Area College Admissions Examiner - Oct 7, 2014
When students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), one piece of the application includes listing the colleges the students plan to apply for admission. Students are asked to list up to 10 colleges on the electronic version of the FAFSA to send their financial information.....
|Donít Let Colleges Snooker You |
The College Solution Blog - Oct 7, 2014
For many students the biggest source of money will be from the colleges themselves. Thatís why itís important for you to understand what would motivate any school to give your child one of its awards......
|Where to get a free college degree |
CBSNews MoneyWatch - Oct 3, 2014
Want to attend college for free? It can happen if you learn German. All German universities are now free to Americans and all other international students. The last German state to charge tuition at its universities struck down the fees this week....
|Fewer Ohio Students Take The SAT |
NPR.org - StateImpact Ohio - Oct 3, 2014
Three letters have been a rite of passage for many college-bound high schoolers: SAT. And while nationally, the traditional college entrance exam is seeing an increase of test takers, Ohio has experienced the opposite....
|When Anxiety Hits at School |
The Atlantic - Oct 3, 2014
Salli-Ann Holloway could not breathe. Sitting in her Advanced Placement English class, she could not stop shaking. Her neck twitched relentlessly. She gasped for air. Her body went numb.....
|Navigating High School As an Anxious Teen |
Huffington Post - Oct 3, 2014
Being a teenager is hard. Anyone who is one or has been one can confirm this. The teenage years are full of social and physical changes, big decisions and stress. This year, I learned that it's even harder to juggle the responsibilities of being a teenager when also struggling with mental illness......
SATs & ACTs
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