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Big Picture

Amid Rising College Costs, A Defense Of The Liberal Arts
NPR.org - Aug 3, 2014
Student debt is a $1.2 trillion shadow cast over the lives of tens of millions of Americans, and it's getting longer each year. President Obama has a plan to make it easier for borrowers to pay it all off. ...
Why race-based affirmative action in college admissions still matters
Washington Post - Aug 11, 2014
Last month I published a defense of race-based affirmative action for African-American students in college admissions by Richard Rothstein, research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, a non-profit created in 1986 to broaden the discussion about economic policy ...
Misunderstood Tuition: An Elite-College Case Study
NY Times - Aug 6, 2014
If all you knew about the cost of attending Amherst College were its published numbers, youíd think that it had become vastly more expensive in recent years. No doubt, most Americans assume an elite college like Amherst has become a lot more expensive. ...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

6 things you need to know about the 2014-15 Common Application
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Aug 18, 2014
Application season is getting into full swing. Starting with the 2014-15 launch of the Universal College Application (UCA) on July 1, followed by the Common App on August 1.....
5 Books to Help You Survive the College Admissions Process
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Aug 18, 2014
When you walk into the college section of a bookstore, itís clear that there is no shortage of books feeding the frenzy around college admissions. Weeding through the thousands of titles to find the ones you need can be overwhelming. ...
Part II: Five keys to open the doors to college admission
NorthJersey.com  - Aug 13, 2014
Getting a jump-start on the college admissions process reduces the stress for all parties involved: students, parents, teachers and counselors. Thatís why high school students (especially seniors) and their parents should read this three-part series ...
On College: Your senior year is more than just about ruling school
San Jose Mercury News  - Aug 18, 2014
It is so hard to imagine that this year's senior class has finally grown up. I have known many of my seniors since they were unsure, shy, aspiring underclassmen. Now they are the ones who are going to rule the school. Being a senior is not just a rite of passage; with the privileges come great responsibility. Here are do's and don'ts to remember:....
Choose the Right Extracurriculars at the Right Time for College Applications
US News  - Aug 18, 2014
It is no secret that the extracurricular activities you pursue in high school can significantly affect your college admissions experience. But it's true that not all activities are created equal, and some could have a disproportionate effect on your chances of getting accepted to your ideal college...
Alternative Applications Rewrite The Rules of College Admissions
Forbes - Aug 4, 2014
If job candidates can pitch their strengths to potential employers, why canít college applicants make a tailored case for their admittance? Some colleges are letting their applicants do just that...
The importance of choosing the right safety schools
Bay Area College Admissions Examiner  - Aug 13, 2014
Students applying to college are encouraged to choose a good mix of safety, target and reach schools. However, many students do not take the time to find the right safety schools to add to their list. Typically, students add a safety school because they think they have to, but never envision themselves at that particular college....
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Essay

Writing The College Essay
TeenLife Blog - Aug 14, 2014
With summer being about half way over, itís the perfect time to start writing that college essay. This could be one of the most important essays you write in your life so here are some tips to make it the best essay possible:...
My Favorite College Essay Tip
The College Solution Blog  - Aug 18, 2014
Iíve looked at plenty of college essays over the years and the vast majority of them have been b-o-r-i-n-g. The essays that Iíve seen have usually been guilty of one or more of these no-noís:...

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Parents

Learning to let go at the college gate
Charlotte Observer  - Aug 18, 2014
How many Facebook posts have you seen this last week where families are sharing their pride and angst as they drop their children off at college for the first time? Lots....
Is there anything wrong with party schools?
CBS News - MoneyWatch - Aug 18, 2014
Should you worry about your child's educational future if he or she wants to attend a college with a bigger reputation for keggers than for academics?...
As Kids Head To Campus, Parents Broach The Subject Of Sexual Assault
NPR.org - Aug 19, 2014
Rachel Swinehart has commandeered her family's living room in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It's filled with large plastic tubs containing stuff like pink bedding and a coffee maker. ...
Tips for parents about spending money for their college freshmen
DC Higher Education Examiner  - Aug 19, 2014
Most parents probably paid the first tuition payment for their college freshman recently and will get their students settled into their new dorms by the end of the month....
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Counselors

HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Aug 21, 2014
What Was Done for School Counselors on Their Summer VacationSchools are opening after a summer of activity rich with support and opportunity for school counselors. There are almost too many highlights to talk about, but these four come to mind:... More
Guidance Counselors Key in Bid to Increasing Overall Access to College
Diverse Education - Jul 28, 2014
In order to make sure all students leave high school prepared for college, a greater emphasis must be placed on the often-overlooked role of school guidance counselors and how to engage them in more thoughtful and systematic ways....
White House Counseling Summit Raises Hopes, Questions, and Possibilities
Huffington Post - Jul 30, 2014
This week's White House Summit on College Access was an historic day of recognition and reflection for school counselors. Held less than six weeks after First Lady Michelle Obama called for its convening,...
Are college aid planners worth the money?
Yahoo Finance - Aug 14, 2014
The college financial aid application process can be tough for any family to manage on their own, but is it worth the money to bring in a professional?...

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Rankings

Building a Better College Ranking System. Wait, Babson Beats Harvard?
New York Times - Jul 29, 2014
For a long time, U.S. News & World Report had a monopoly on the college rankings game. Every August, the magazine would announce that, once again, Harvard was Americaís best college, or Princeton, or, to shake things up, a tie between Harvard and Princeton....
5 colleges with the happiest students
USA Today - Aug 26, 2014
The Princeton Review has published its Best 379 Colleges for 2015, polling 130,000 students to produce ranking lists covering issues from academics to extracurriculars Ė and everything in between.....
College ranking lists: Abundant but not so influential
USA Today - Aug 12, 2014
A new college ranking list declares Babson College Ė a small, business-oriented school in Massachusetts Ė the best value school in the nation, above traditional favorites like Harvard and Princeton....
America's Top Colleges 2014
Forbes - Jul 30, 2014
This year it comes down to small, student-centric, liberal arts colleges vs. large, brainy, research-oriented universities closely associated with science, technology, engineering and math....
Archives - Rankings
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Financial Aid/Scholarships

Financial aid paperwork can seem daunting
Democrat and Chronicle - Aug 2, 2014
Before high school graduates can succeed or fail at college, there's a mountain of paperwork to be completed. For middle-class students whose families are familiar with the process, it's an annoyance. But for first-generation college students, filling out college applications and financial aid forms can be an insurmountable obstacle...
Five Top Secrets to College Financial Aid
Forbes - Aug 18, 2014
Letís face it, qualifying for college financial aid is complicated. Colleges use formulas that are opaque and hard to understand. There are lots of factors to consider. I know, because Iím about to go through this gantlet as my oldest daughter applies for college. ...
Archives - Financial Aid/Scholarships
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Athletes

An Inside Scoop on Athletic Recruiting
The College Solution Blog  - Aug 18, 2014
To learn more about the recruiting process, I recently talked with Avi Stopper, a former college athlete and a co-founder of CaptainU, which could be called an athletic LinkedIn that helps student athletes to connect with athletic coaches....
Archives - Athletes
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Career & Techincal Education

It's Not a Skills Gap: U.S. Workers Are Overqualified, Undertrained
Business Week  - Aug 19, 2014
In the debate over why the U.S. has been so slow to emerge from the Great Recession, many have laid the blame on whatís become known as the skills gap: Despite an abundance of workers, too many simply arenít qualified to fill the jobs available. ...
Archives - Career & Techincal Education
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South

UT System Regents Consider Campus Budget Relief
Texas Tribune  - Aug 18, 2014
The University of Texas System Board of Regents will spend the next two days hammering out the details on several key initiatives ó including how to keep tuition flat, find a new president for the flagship university and structure a new university in South Texas...
Take An Audio Tour Of Floridaís Newest University
NPR State Impact Florida  - Aug 18, 2014
Floridaís 12th university, Florida Polytechnic University, is an architectural marvel that sits right next to Interstate 4 in Polk County...
Kentucky's 2014 Public School Graduates Make College-Readiness Gains
WFPL  - Aug 20, 2014
The Kentucky Department of Education released results Wednesday showing improved scores for public school graduates in the four subjects tested by the ACT...
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Teen Dating

Teenage dating apps are hunting ground for adult abusers
Independent  - Aug 11, 2014
More than a quarter of children using specialist teen dating apps, some as young as 13, have been contacted by adults online, it can be revealed....
Verizon gives $30,000 grant to End Domestic Abuse to address teen dating violence
Wisconsin State Journal  - Aug 19, 2014
Verizon Wireless has donated $30,000 to a statewide domestic abuse victims advocacy agency to help develop programs addressing teen dating violence....
 
 
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