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Why families stress too much about college admissions - Newshour  - Mar 23, 2015
The college admissions process can be riddled with anxiety and stress for high school seniors and their parents. But in the book “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be,” author and New York Times columnist Frank Bruni argues it doesn’t have to be this way. ....
When it does matter where you go to college
Washington Post  - Mar 23, 2015
My post last week on a new book by New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be,” generated hundreds of comments here and on Facebook.,....
The admissions version of March Madness
Charlotte Observer  - Mar 23, 2015
We’re all familiar with the March Madness of college basketball brackets, but there’s another March Madness that’s even more palpable for high school seniors and their families. They are all anxiously awaiting, and as the month moves on,....
5 surprises behind the student debt crisis
CBS News - MarketWatch  - Mar 25, 2015
By now Americans have become inured to reports about the nation's college debt crisis. Students have borrowed well over $1 trillion in their pursuit of degrees, and for some, repaying that debt has become a lifelong struggle,....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Creating the College List
Huffington Post  - Mar 24, 2015
For many, there are colleges that students are intent on going to, expect to be accepted, and can afford. It could be a state university, a school that friends are going to, a school students have been told about, or an elite private school where some are qualified.....
College Admissions Expert Talk "Homestretch"
HamletHub  - Mar 23, 2015
In April, the Power Shifts in College Admissions. If you’re in the homestretch of the college process, you know that the majority of colleges around the country release their admissions decisions by March 31st and most schools expect final decisions and tuition deposits by May 1st....
Now Big Part Of College Selection Process
Gazettes  - Mar 23, 2015
For the millennial generation, social media is virtually a birthright; more than two-thirds use social media to gain a sense of which colleges to apply to, and around a third, once accepted, use social media to narrow down their list to a solid match....
5 Myths About Liberal Arts Colleges -- Set the Record Straight: An Education in the Liberal Arts Is a Great Decision
Huffington Post  - Mar 21, 2015
The reality, however, is that higher education in the liberal arts is actually alive and well - continuing to provide a path to a rewarding career and richer life for students of all backgrounds....
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College Admissions: Deciding Where to Attend
GoLocal PDX College Admissions  - Mar 25, 2015
Hopefully you did your homework before you decided which colleges to apply to. Whether you applied to three schools or nine schools, every school on your list was a good academic match. It had the programs that interest you and top-notch professors....
Which college should you choose?
Seattle College Bound Examiner  - Mar 21, 2015
You worked hard and were accepted to more than one college you thought would be a good fit for you. That's great, but now how do you choose? ,....
To Keep From Choosing The Wrong College
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Mar 23, 2015
April 1 is just one week away, and most college acceptances will soon be received by anxious high school seniors. Often, students and parents have a difficult time making a decision.,....
Surviving the College Admissions Hype
Huffington Post  - Mar 21, 2015
Over the next several weeks, thousands of high school students will hear back from colleges with one of three results: accepted, waitlisted or rejected. High school seniors and their parents are anxious for the fated emails from universities.....
Archives - Waiting/Rejection/Deferred
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The ideal number of college visits
Charlotte Observer  - Mar 16, 2015
The twin reasons to visit colleges determine the ideal number of times to visit a particular school. High school sophomores and juniors starting their search for colleges, seniors receiving offers of admission by April 1,......
Parent 2 Parent: Visiting colleges with your high school senior
KATU  - Mar 16, 2015
While many students are relaxing over Spring break, some high school seniors are taking advantage of the week off to tour college campuses......
Archives - Visiting/Interviews
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Mar 18, 2015
Who Needs Harvard? We Do! The work of high school counselors just got a lot easier, and we have Frank Bruni to thank. His essay "How to Survive the College Admissions Madness" ... More
Report Underscores Key Role of High School Counselors in College Transition
EdWeek (registration required)  - Mar 25, 2015
A new report out on Wednesday confirms that school counselors are critical to helping students transition from high school to college and career, yet often aren't allowed enough time to fulfill that role. ..
Mentoring Programs Aim to Increase High School Graduates
US News  - Mar 23, 2015
More students than ever are graduating high school and gaps in achievement among racial groups are closing. But for teens who didn’t graduate high school, having a caring adult in their life might have made a difference. Mentoring is one effective strategy to prevent dropouts promoted by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network. ....

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Keeping Teens Safe on College Visits
TeenLife Blog  - Mar 16, 2015
Overnight visits are one of the best ways for teens to determine whether a college is the right fit for them. Many teens participate in school sanctioned overnight visits with current students, offered by the college admissions office. Others may choose to stay with friends,......
College admissions mania ill-advised
Worcester Telegram  - Mar 23, 2015
When I was a senior in high school, I posed one of the cruelest questions ever to my parents. "So," I asked, one night at the dinner table. "How much money have you saved for my college education?"....
99% of All Moms' College Acceptance Facebook Conversations End Like This
NickMom  - Mar 23, 2015
99% of All Moms' College Acceptance Facebook Conversations End Like.......
Archives - Parents
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3 Study Tips for History, Science Material on the New SAT
US News  - Mar 23, 2015
The 2016 SAT will debut an entirely new design. The exam will emphasize the use of context when answering questions, as well as the analysis of passages from significant historical documents and scientific sources...
Redesigned PSAT Shifts Preparation Efforts For High School Students RI  - Mar 19, 2015
It’s that time of year: the high school class of 2015 is now receiving college decision letters. At the same time, current high school freshmen and sophomores will face a revised version of the preliminary SAT or PSAT in the fall of 2015....
Goodbye, SAT: How online courses will change college admissions
Washington Post  - Mar 19, 2015
This week, admissions officers at America’s most prestigious colleges are scrambling to put the final touches on letters admitting the Class of 2019. Just as students from around the world are vying for a limited number of spots in America’s best colleges...
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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How to Decipher a Financial Aid Letter
TIME  - Mar 25, 2015
When colleges start releasing their admissions decisions toward the end of March, it’s easy for applicants and their parents to figure out the end result: You’re in, you’re out, or you’re on the waiting list....
Just how affordable is that college education?
CNBC  - Mar 13, 2015
As college acceptance letters start making their way to mailboxes and inboxes, families' next big dilemma is figuring out which offers are affordable based on the financial aid award letter. That's not as easy as you might think....
HSCW Sponsor Blog - Scholarship program for Caddys
Post - Mar 25, 2015
Each year, more than 850 golf caddies across the U.S. attend college by way of a full tuition and housing scholarship through the Chick Evans Scholarship from the Western Golf Association. ....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Why college isn't (and shouldn't be) for everyone (+video)
The Christian Science Monitor  - Mar 23, 2015
I know a high school senior who’s so worried about whether she’ll be accepted at the college of her choice she can’t sleep. The parent of another senior tells me he stands at the mailbox for an hour every day waiting for a hoped-for acceptance letter to arrive.....
Closing the gap between school and work
USA Today  - Mar 23, 2015
Dressed in hospital scrubs, Manida My heard "code blue" and saw her patient's heartbeat on the monitor. All she could think was, "What should I do?" Her first patient, "Johnny," was critically injured in a traffic accident caused by texting and driving. . ....
Employers Are Integral to Career Tech Programs
EdWeek (registration required)  - Mar 25, 2015
The rapidly changing job market and the new wave of career programs taking hold in schools are offering up a new challenge for educators: how to form deeper, longer-term relationships with employers in their communities.. ....
Archives - CTE
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Auto group offers scholarships, apprenticeships
Wausau Daily Herald  - Mar 22, 2015
One of the ways Olson and other auto industry representatives plan to change that situation is through the Wisconsin Automotive Truck Education Association, or WATEA. Founded in 2000, the organization works to develop awareness of career paths and opportunities available in the automotive, truck and transportation industry.....
Indiana State Partners With Local Schools To Curb College Costs StateImpact - Indiana  - Mar 23, 2015
Indiana State University and the Vigo County School Corporation announced a partnership Monday that will offer high school students in Vigo County Schools the opportunity to earn up to 30 credit hours at ISU before graduating....
Education Officials Say Michigan ‘Literally Can’t Afford Any More Bad Schools’
WDET  - Mar 20, 2015
The Michigan Board of Education has picked a new superintendent to lead the state’s Department of Education. Brian Whiston is currently the superintendent of Dearborn Public schools, and is the state board’s pick to replace retiring superintendent Michael Flanagan...
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Teen Driving

Here Are All the Very Alarming Things Teenagers Apparently Do While Driving
TIME  - Mar 19, 2015
Starting with: changing clothes and doing homework Most of us will admit that we’ve done some multitasking while driving here and there — but a new study about what teenage drivers do behind the wheel is a tad alarming....
5 Tech Tools to Make Your Teen a Safer Driver
Yahoo  - Mar 23, 2015
I still remember the look on my daughter’s face the first time she plowed her car into a tree. She was four years old. The car was a battery-powered Barbie-mobile with a maximum speed of 3.2 mph.....
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