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|Liberal Arts College Students Are Getting Less Artsy |
Inside Gigher Ed - Feb 21, 2017
Liberal arts colleges promise students a well-rounded education in core disciplines that will prepare them for a variety of careers and lifelong learning — not just a first job. Increasingly, though...
|For-Profit Schools, an Obama Target, See New Day Under Trump |
New York Times - Feb 20, 2017
Since Election Day, for-profit college companies have been on a hot streak. DeVry Education Group’s stock has leapt more than 40 percent. Strayer’s jumped 35 percent and Grand Canyon Education’s more than 28 percent.....
|How Unlimited Student Loans Drive Up Tuition |
Forbes - Feb 21, 2017
Among the many sayings dubiously attributed to Albert Einstein is that the difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. Lack of limits and stupidity have another overlap in the Parent PLUS loan program,....
|College Can Improve Transfer Rates |
Inside Higher Ed - Feb 16, 2017
State policy isn’t the only way to tackle low community college student transfer rates, write Josh Wyner and Alison Kadlec. Institutional action matters, too. ...
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|College admissions define ‘leadership’ |
Concord Monitor - Feb 17, 2017
“The college invasion.” This is how my high school seniors describe the scene on our campus each fall. Admission visitors – like extraterrestrials – arrive in their rental cars with big smiles and stories of bright new worlds. Their message is always the same: “Take me to your leaders.”.....
|How to navigate college admissions process |
WFXL - Feb 17, 2017
It’s a long series of steps from when students walk the halls in high school to the time they step foot on a college campus. But these days, just about every moment matters......
|A successful college search begins with the right questions |
Des Moines Register - Feb 16, 2017
With more than 1,600 U.S. colleges and universities to choose from, families may find the college search daunting at first. But fear not: The process can actually be fun and rewarding if approached in the right way. The key to simplifying this process is knowing what questions to ask yourself and the colleges you are considering......
| Student volunteerism is a highly esteemed quality |
CentralJersey - Feb 20, 2017
Volunteerism is alive and well among young people in New Jersey, which comes in very handy when it’s time to apply for college admission. Students who have not yet become engaged in “giving back” can likely find an activity of interest on the Jersey Cares website which features activities to suit almost any personality....
|I've been waitlisted -- what now? |
Wicked-Local - Feb 20, 2017
Right now, admissions officers at colleges and universities are well into reading season. They're looking for students to fill their classes with "just the right mix". Some applicants will be an immediate 'yes', while some will not have quite what the school is looking for. Still others will fall into Waitlist Limbo......
Letter of Recommendation
|The Importance of Cleaning Up Your Social Media |
ULoop - Feb 21, 2017
Social media has ingrained itself into society during the last decade. It’s a way to connect and keep up with people you don’t see often, receive news updates, share your opinions, and much more....
|Students should plan now for summer Susan Alaimo |
MyCentralJersey - Feb 15, 2017
“What did you do during your most recent summer?” This is a popular essay prompt on many college applications, indicating that colleges want to be sure that prospective students use their time productively.
One great use....
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - Feb 23, 2017
Your State Legislature Needs to Hear From You One state legislature wants to do away with school counselors completely. Another state has made filing a FAFSA a graduation requirement. ... More
|SAT scam preys on parents' good intentions |
KING-5 - Feb 21, 2017
A new scam is hitting Washington state, targeting parents trying to help their kids do well on the SAT, a test used by colleges and universities during admissions.....
SATs & ACTs
|ACT announces July test date for 2018 |
Admission Intel Blog - Feb 22, 2017
Starting in 2018, ACT will begin offering students the opportunity to take the ACT test in July, increasing the number of national ACT test dates from six to seven. ...
|SAT, ACT, Both BAD: The Problem with College Readiness Exams |
Nyack News and Views - Feb 20, 2017
America’s tool for measuring college readiness is failing us, and Nyack is not immune. For those who need a reminder, the SAT consists of four parts: reading, writing, math (with and without a calculator), and the essay. The ACT adds on a science ...
|Close to Home: Don’t make mistake of only taking the SAT |
Press Democrat - Feb 19, 2017
If you grew up in California, there’s a very good chance that you never heard about the ACT when you were in high school. For many years, another college admissions test, the SAT, has been the test of choice for California students applying to college. ...
|3 Preparation Strategies for the SAT U.S. History Subject Test |
US News - Feb 20, 2017
The College Board offers 20 SAT subject tests. Of those, the U.S. history exam is one of the most popular. Not only is this subject covered in virtually all American high schools, but success on this SAT subject test can lead to valuable college credit....
|College financial aid awards and scholarships - getting your best offer |
Lamorinda Weekly - Feb 22, 2017
Comparing student aid packages and figuring out the true affordability of any particular college can be both challenging and confusing. The essential first steps are to distinguish quality from quantity (more is not necessarily better) and to separate free money (grants and scholarships) and on-campus employment from loans that must be repaid....
|How To Get The Best College Financial Aid Package |
CBS News - Feb 20, 2017
NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) – It’s crunch time as families weigh financial aid offers from multiple colleges. And anxiety over the potential of going into six-figure debt can keep them awake for many a night.. ...
Career and Technical Education
|Apprenticeships help fill manufacturing jobs |
GoErie - Feb 19, 2017
At just 23, Mike Field has a life many of his high school classmates who went on to college can't even dream of yet. He has bought a house. He's engaged to be married. He even has a new puppy, named Ryder......
|Does college athletics = big bucks? |
Greenwich Time - Feb 20, 2017
Families worrying about the increasing competitiveness of college admissions and how students can stand out, often think athletics is the way to increase the chance of being accepted and get scholarship money to boot. ..
|5 Hard Truths About Athletic Recruiting |
GoLocalProv College Admissions - Feb 20, 2017
Sports recruiting for potential college athletes is fraught with anxiety and mystery. Why do some kids get noticed and others don’t? Where is the best scholarship money? ..
|College admissions bill advances in Illinois House |
St Louis Post-Dispatch - Feb 16, 2017
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois House committee has cleared a proposal that would require public universities to admit first-time freshman applicants who finish with a GPA in the top 10 percent of their high school's graduating class.....
|A cheaper path to college: Minnesota universities teaming up on transfer credits |
Lacrosse Tribune - Feb 20, 2017
Steven Ahmad spent his first few years after high school sweating it out in a restaurant kitchen. “Being a line cook was definitely good motivation of like ‘Hey, let’s go to school,’” he said. “You can’t take too many long nights of that job. And so for me it was like, let’s find something better to do.”....
Teens and Drugs
|Can ‘Sober High’ schools keep teenagers off drugs? |
Hechinger Report - Feb 22, 2017
Skinny and teeming with nervous energy, Matt Langley grew up with an outlook that was anything but upbeat. “I guess I was never comfortable in my own skin,” he says. “Everything that came out of my mouth, I would second-guess.” ...
SATs & ACTs
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