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|State Support Up 3.4% |
Inside Higher Ed - Feb 6, 2017
State support for higher education is rising moderately this fiscal year, with more than three-quarters of states posting increases on the way to countrywide percentage growth in the low single digits.....
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|The Common App Essay Prompts Are Changing. Here’s Why It Doesn’t Matter |
Huffington Post - Feb 7, 2017
After a month-long survey that captured the feedback of over 5000 individuals–more than half of them students–The Common Application has released its 2017-2018 essay prompts. For those of you who will be applying to college next year, here’s a closer look at what’s changing—and, more importantly, what’s not.....
|Maximizing Space on College Applications |
Huffington Post - Feb 3, 2017
It’s easy to form an analogy between college applications and a giant puzzle. Everything has to fit just right for success. Fact is just about everything on college applications has a maximum word or character count. ...
|What We Learn From Kids Who Don’t Get Into Their Dream College |
Huffington Post - Feb 3, 2017
“Deny” was the most spoken and written word in my vocabulary when I worked in selective college admissions. “Waitlist” was second, with “defer” not far behind. The least likely word I used for the greater part of my career was “admit.” ...
|Deferred, what are your options? |
Villager Publishing - Feb 8, 2017
Do you have any suggestions for a student who was deferred from an Ivy but would like to do anything possible to be in the running for a spot in next fall’s freshman class? Her grades and test scores are excellent. She’s a diligent, intellectual student and is dedicated to her community service. ...
|20 Things For Your College Visit Checklist |
Forbes - Feb 8, 2017
After submitting your college applications, essays, and gathering recommendations, you will soon be making your final college decision! With several weeks to notify colleges of your decision, ..
|6 Questions You Need To Ask On College Visits |
The State Journal-Register - Feb 7, 2017
With school vacations around the corner, families are packing up the car for road trips and campus tours. If you have a sophomore or junior in high school, now is the time to visit! Most families will sit obediently in information sessions soaking up what is said, but few will raise their hands and ask the tough questions., ..
|4 Ways to Tour a College Without Stepping Foot on Campus |
Her Campus - Feb 8, 2017
As you prepare for one of the most important choices of your life, there are many ways you can make a well-prepared decision. Selecting the right college involves many nights of pros and cons lists, overseeing tuition costs and trying on school colors to see which ones you like best.., ..
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - Feb 9, 2017
Topic of Your Choice as a College Essay. Just Because You Can... “Dr. O’Connor?” “Hello, James. How are you?”
“Well, I was doing OK, until I heard you wanted to see me.” ... More
|Recommendation Rescinded |
Inside Higher Ed - Feb 7, 2017
Many high school seniors dread the midyear report, which shares with colleges the first-semester-of-senior-year grades they have earned. Those experiencing a senior slump fear that their stellar grade point averages may now be a little less stellar, tarnishing an otherwise exemplary record.....
|Counselors work to help students succeed |
The Garden Island - Feb 7, 2017
LIHUE — Counseling students is often a thankless job. Being there for kids as they transition into young adulthood is a challenge for Marcia Montayre and Clarisse Kauwe, counselors at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School, as every day is different....
|This is how you and your child select the right college |
Washington Post - Feb 6, 2017
The beauty of our higher education system is its diversity. Our more than 4,000 colleges and universities offer an often bewildering choice of courses, formats and cultures. In these coming weeks, college-bound high school seniors and their parents will try to balance the merits of such issues as big versus small...
|Let Parents Be Parents |
Chronicle of Higher Ed - Feb 5, 2017
I don’t remember much about college orientation. But I remember arriving there. It was a weekday, which meant taking time off from my summer job to make the short drive to campus. As my Jeep rattled to a stop,...
|Harsh Parenting Can Backfire in Teens |
WebMD - Feb 8, 2017
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- "Harsh" parenting that includes frequent yelling, hitting and threats may bring out the worst in teens' behavior instead of getting them to toe the line, a new study suggests...
|Sexting, teen dating and parents' role in protecting kids |
NorthJersey - Feb 3, 2017
There was a time when one teenager showed romantic interest in another by passing a note during class, visiting where the other one worked or sending a friend to find out if the “like like” feeling was reciprocated. Today, for many teens, nude photos have become part of the process....
SATs & ACTs
|Avoid 3 Mistakes to Excel on ACT English Section |
US News - Feb 6, 2017
The ACT English section consists entirely of multiple-choice questions that are based on several reading passages. This portion tests students in two main areas: rhetorical skills, such as style and organization, and mechanics, including syntax, punctuation and grammar.....
|Tips to know if choosing the ACT over the SAT exam |
MyCentralJersey.com - Feb 2, 2017
The ACT has become an increasingly popular test for college-bound students. Although for many years the majority of college applicants on the east and west coasts, and in Texas, favored the SAT, many of these students are now taking the ACT. It is being offered, this academic year, in February, April and June.....
|Early financial aid letters shake up college decisions |
Metro.us - Feb 3, 2017
While the official deadline for making a college decision is May 1, thousands of students across the United States already have been admitted to the schools of their choice. Many also have received financial aid offers, thanks to a new timetable from the Department of Education, ...
|Most generous schools – Show me the money |
Tribune News Service - Feb 7, 2017
Now that the heavy-lifting is done on college applications and the students have had a bit of a break from sharing their innermost thoughts in college essays, it’s time to gear up and start searching for ways to pay for their dreams.....
Career and Technical Education
|Pros & Cons & Thoughts: Is Going to Culinary School Worth It? |
Huffington Post - Feb 3, 2017
Pros & Cons & Thoughts: Is Going to Culinary School Worth It? I’m often asked by aspiring career-changers, food entrepreneurs, and young foodies if going to culinary school is “worth it”. This is an interesting question. There’s been more and more literature on this topic as the world of food become ..
|U.S. Teens Lag on Recommended Vaccinations |
Health Day - Feb 6, 2017
Teens are less likely than younger children to get all their recommended vaccinations, perhaps putting their long-term health at risk, according to a leading group of U.S. pediatricians.....
SATs & ACTs
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