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|How to Help More College Students Graduate |
New York Times - Feb 21, 2016
The United States has a dropout crisis. Sixty percent of people go to college these days, but just half of the college students graduate with a bachelor’s degree. Some people earn a shorter, two-year associate’s degree...
|An 'A' in Kindness? College Admissions Movement Places Less Emphasis on Tests |
NBC News - Feb 19, 2016
Reading, writing, arithmetic — and kindness? A report last month from the Harvard Graduate School of Education recommends college admissions officers de-emphasize standardized tests and AP coursework, and instead encourage applicants to volunteer and participate in their communities....
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|What Really Goes on in a College Admissions Office? |
TIME - Feb 18, 2016
A former admissions officer debunks some common misconceptions and explains what applicants need to do to get into their dream schools. An early 1980s American Tourister television commercial showed a happy couple checking in at an airline counter......
|Four Important Things To Consider When Choosing A College |
Forbes - Feb 18, 2016
The college admissions process goes year-round these days, but the activity and the associated stress level peaks twice a year: once in the fall, when high-school students have to decide what schools they want to apply to, and again in late winter/early spring.....
|4 Things I Would've Done Differently During My College Search |
Her Campus - Feb 23, 2016
High school seniors, I salute you. As if it isn’t enough to have to worry about making the most of the little time you have left with the people you’ve spent the last four or more years with, throwing in the need to master the SAT and graduate with an impressive GPA only adds fuel to the fire.....
|Why Students May Not Consider Taking A 'Gap Year,' But Should |
NBC News - Feb 23, 2016
Despite barriers, from financial challenges to the stigma surrounding deferment, more and more American students are taking a "gap year" — a break between high school and college. There's no data on exactly how many students do this, but the industries they choose to participate in during their year off are experiencing growth....
|How to Negotiate a Gap Year |
TIME - Feb 23, 2016
Should a graduating high school student take a gap year? What should that gap year look like? This can be a tricky negotiation for parents and their college-age students. Maybe parents are afraid their child will fool around and lose his or her way....
|How to Avoid Having Your College Acceptance Rescinded |
Her Campus - Feb 19, 2016
“Dear Pre-collegiette, Congratulations! On behalf of Awesome University…” Phew! You can breathe a sigh of relief, because you’re in. Now that you’ve gotten that acceptance letter, your future is safe, and you can finally take a break from school for the first time in 14 years.....
|The Waitlist: Colleges' Safety Valve, Students' Purgatory |
Forbes - Feb 22, 2016
At this moment in the middle of winter, admission officers at four-year colleges and universities everywhere are deep into reading season. They’re combing through hundreds or thousands of applications to find students with the talents and abilities to power their campuses...
|10 questions to ask career services during campus visits |
USA Today - Feb 21, 2016
Choosing a college is never easy and the variety of published information does not make it any easier. Universities present career-related outcomes differently, making it difficult for you to draw conclusions or compare institutions. Asking critical questions navigates this landscape and enhances your decision making.....
|The Four Must Dos on College Campus Visits |
Pleasanton Weekly - Feb 21, 2016
Among the most exciting parts of the college search, and certainly one of the most important, is the campus visit. There is no better way to find out if a college is the best fit for you than to register for an information session and arrange a campus tour....
|5 Ways To Ace, Or Blow, Your College Interview |
Forbes - Feb 21, 2016
I recently participated in a Mock Interview Session at Millbrook School, and for months I have been interviewing applicants to Drew University. Practice is a good idea, because a lot can ride on a college interview. If one is offered—some colleges have abandoned the practice—find out if it will be Evaluative or Informational...
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - Feb 25, 2016
Is Early Decision Doomed?
Cracks are starting to appear in one of the oldest, and most mysterious, elements of college advising. For years, students who have found THE college they simply can’t live without have been urged to apply to that college through an Early Decision program. ... More
|Editorial: Re-examine role of school counselors |
The Coloradoan - Feb 19, 2016
When a child dies of suicide, it’s heartbreaking. The deaths of four youths in Larimer County this past year — 11-year-old Ariana Cordova among them — recently became a public touch point for the still-taboo social challenge of suicide.....
|Students to School Board: Please Hire More Counselors |
EdWeek (registration required) - Feb 19, 2016
Advocates for adolescents have long pressed policymakers to bolster the counseling ranks in high schools. But this week, the students themselves stepped up to demand more counseling support.....
|9 Things All Parents Of College Kids Do But Hate To Admit |
Huffington Post - Feb 24, 2016
As the mother of three teenagers, I've been through a lot -- broken limbs, broken hearts, broken curfews. But nothing prepared me for the moment on the morning of Aug. 29, 2015 when I had to give a final goodbye hug to my oldest as he headed off to college....
SAT & ACTs
|Don't Fall For These Five Misconceptions about the SAT and ACT |
NBC News - Feb 23, 2016
Few college prep experiences cause more anxiety than the SAT and ACT tests. And the only thing that can make that anxiety worse is not knowing what's true and what's just a rumor about how your standardized test results will affect your college applications.. . ..
|What students should expect on the newly redesigned SAT exam on March 5 |
Canada Universities Examiner - Feb 23, 2016
High school students intending to take the newly redesigned SAT exam on March 5, 2016, are facing an unknown exam, which their future depends on. Although much has been discussed and published about the College Board's changes to the exam most focuses. . ..
|Karin Klein: Applying to college is now big business |
Sacramento Bee - Feb 22, 2016
A college professor friend whose older daughter is at Harvard literally threw up her hands in frustration about the new PSAT, imploring me to explain it after her younger child had just received her scores. ..
|New FAFSA timeline could result in major changes in admissions |
DC College Admissions Examiner - Feb 24, 2016
While applicant attention has been largely focused on such headline-grabbing college admissions issues as new tests, new score reports, new applications and the proliferation of portfolio development tools..
Career and Technical Education
|Celebrating Career and Technical Education success |
Delaware Online - Feb 18 2016
February is designated as national Career and Technical Education month, which makes it an opportune time to recognize how Delaware’s three vo-tech school districts have worked collectively to establish model tech high schools...
|Recruiting Column: The 5 worst recruiting tips (of all time) |
USA Today HSS - Feb 24, 2016
Once the word gets out that you want to in play your sport in college, the “experts” will come out of the woodwork. Everyone has advice on what will help you achieve your dream. For that reason, if you are looking for recruiting advice, make sure you are listening to the right people. Your Uncle Billy who knew someone..
|Illinois students rally against higher education spending cuts |
Colleg/USAToday.com - Feb 23, 2016
Demonstrations at the Illinois state capitol on Wednesday saw hundreds of students, faculty and community members from eight of the state’s public universities urging the governor and legislature to end an eight-month budget battle to restore FY2016 funding for higher education programs and grants....
||MN graduation rates show small, uneven increase |
Minnesota Public Radio - Feb 22, 2016
Minnesota announced slight gains in high school on-time graduation rates Monday. But the progress isn't fast enough to meet the state's goals for closing the gaps between white students and students of color.....
|Teen Dating Violence: Red flags and how to get help |
WBAY - Feb 23, 2016
– February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness month as designated by Congress. It’s a time to talk to our kids and teens about what a healthy relationship looks like and when they’re not being treated right...
SATs & ACTs
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