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|The Promise and Failure of Community Colleges |
New York Times - Feb 18, 2015
There are two critical things to know about community colleges. The first is that they could be the nation’s most powerful tools to improve the opportunities of less privileged Americans,. ....
|The Skills Gap: America's Young Workers Are Lagging Behind |
The Atlantic - Feb 17, 2015
Young American workers today are more educated than ever before, but the nation’s largest generation is losing its edge against the least and most educated of other countries, according to a provocative new report.....
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|9 college prep insights from Freshmen Survey Part 2 |
Long Island College Prep Examiner - Feb 17, 2015
The key for parents, counselors and colleges to help students better plan for college and beyond may be found in a survey released last week. The findings in nine key areas can also help the college-bound develop more accurate expectations for their college experience....
|3 Questions When Choosing a College |
Huffington Post - Feb 14, 2015
Are you stressed out over where to go to college? Congratulations! It probably means you're taking this whole thing seriously. My goal as a counselor and teacher who writes about this stuff--and has lived through it...
|More high school seniors taking early admissions to college |
Los Angeles Times - Feb 18, 2015
While most of her classmates at Arleta High School anxiously await word on their college applications next month, Unique De La Torre has been a portrait of calm since she was accepted in December to a private New York university....
|The pros of a spring break campus visit |
Tyler Paper - Feb 16, 2015
The formal campus visit is an important part of the college application process. I always advise juniors and rising seniors to visit at least their top two or three choices to get a clearer idea of whether a school that looks great on paper is actually a good fit for them in reality.:...
|College Admissions: 3 Reasons To Take a Gap Year |
GoLocalProv College Admissions - Feb 16, 2015
For more than a decade, taking a “Gap Year” between high school and college has been a popular option for European students. The time allows young adults to travel, explore their interests, mature and rejuvenate before attending college. Now, the idea is spreading in the US...
SATs & ACTs
|When to Take the SAT |
New York Times - Education Life - Feb 8, 2015
During morning announcements, loudspeakers blare out SAT words and definitions at all elementary and middle schools in the Malverne, N.Y., school district. ....
|Use January SAT results to prepare for May exam |
NY Test Prep Examiner - Feb 13, 2015
Juniors who have taken the January SAT are just getting their results back now and many are no doubt hoping that they won''t have to take the test ever again. But unless you are the rare student who's already scoring in the mid-700's in every section,,.....
|Deciphering Misleading Financial Aid Letters |
The College Solution Blog - Feb 17, 2015
Financial aid awards are often confusing. I believe many colleges and universities intentionally make financial aid awards hard to decipher to trick families into thinking that their institutions are being generous even when they aren’t....
|Making the most out of financial aid |
San Jose Mercury News - Feb 17, 2015
Many families overestimate the amount of financial aid they expect to receive or they don't anticipate loans being a part of the overall financial aid award.....
|5 Myths About College Financial Aid |
Morningstar - Feb 17, 2015
We look at the facts regarding why even students from wealthy families should fill out the FAFSA, the (remote) odds of getting a full-ride scholarship, and more......
|The Great Scholarship Hunt: How to Save $40K on College |
Huffington Post - Feb 17, 2015
"There are tons of college scholarships out there. You just have to find them." I've heard this mantra more times than I can count -- and as a former high school English teacher, I used to repeat it sagely to scores of 11th-graders...
|Where Career Tech Meets STEM Education |
Middle Web Blog - Feb 15, 2015
When writing about technology – the T in STEM – I’ve yet to mention Career and Technical Education (CTE), and some of my savvy readers have pointed that out......
|3 fabulous summer resources—and they’re FREE |
DC College Admissions Examiner - Feb 18, 2015
Summer can’t come soon enough for the millions of families frozen in place by record-breaking cold and mountains of snow left during the historic “Winter of 2015.”..
|Did South Carolina Sabotage Its Public Historically Black College? |
NPR.org - Feb 17, 2015
Last week, South Carolina lawmakers proposed shutting down the state's only public historically black college for two years. "We are looking at a bankrupt institution," state House Rep. Jim Merrill told reporters. "No one takes any pleasure in ...
|Report: Powers Overruled UT Admissions Office |
Texas Tribune - Feb 12, 2015
University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers has helped secure college admittance for some students over the objections of the admissions office, according to an external review of lawmaker and regent influence at the flagship campus....
|Explaining Performance Funding For Florida Universities |
NPR.org - StateImpact Florida - Feb 10, 2015
A Florida State University researcher says programs which reward colleges and universities for hitting targets — known as performance funding — don’t help more students graduate or stay in school....
|New York launches social media campaign against teen dating violence |
Newsday - Feb 14, 2015
ALBANY, N.Y. - New York state has started a new social media campaign against teen dating violence. The campaign includes a four-minute video featuring students from Lansingburgh High School in Troy encouraging bystanders to speak up when they see someone treated inappropriately......
SATs & ACTs
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