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How Higher Ed Can Up Its Game: 3 Big Ideas  - Sep 29, 2015
Take a big room in Manhattan with more than 100 people, all of them fired up about education. Add some dramatic lighting and booming PA announcements, and you've got last week's New York Times Schools for Tomorrow conference...
Why small college closures could soon triple
CBS News MarketWatch  - Sep 29, 2015
For small colleges, a major challenge is how to generate enough revenue to sustain themselves. And according to Moody's Investors Service, they're not doing very well in that regard...
The College President-to-Adjunct Pay Ratio
The Atlantic - Sep 24, 2015
Economists often calculate the income disparities between companies’ CEOs and their average workers with ratios, expressing concern when the gaps grow too wide. For example, a recent report from Glassdoor, ..
Not Worth It?
Inside Higher Ed  - Sep 29, 2015
Just half of college alumni “strongly agree” that their education was worth what they paid for it, according to the newest data from an ongoing Gallup-Purdue University study of college graduates...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Colleges to offer new joint application website
LA Times  - Sep 28, 2015
arting next year, high school students will have a new online alternative to the much-used and sometimes criticized Common Application if they seek admission to a group of colleges with high graduation rates and healthy financial aid, officials announced Monday.....
80 colleges unite to form revolutionary new application—access or marketing?
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Sep 29, 2015
Eighty big-name colleges and universities announced yesterday a plan to turn the college admissions industry on its head by the creation of a plan by which colleges will court applicants via an extended application process beginning as early as ninth grade....
5 Majors You Need to Choose Before You Apply
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Sep 28, 2015
While many students will apply to colleges with a major designation of “undecided”, there are pitfalls to doing that. In larger universities, it can be VERY difficult to switch from the colleges of arts and sciences into the business or engineering college....
Ask a Collegiette: How Early Should I Start Looking at Colleges?
Her Campus  - Sep 23, 2015
When should I start thinking about what colleges I want to apply to? I’ve been worrying about it since I was in the sixth grade! (To be fair, my brother was a junior at that point.) I'm a sophomore, and I've just started thinking that I'm worrying too much now...
College Admissions: Social Media Tune-Up
GoLocalPDX College Admissions  - Sep 28, 2015
Why tune-up your social media accounts? Sometimes, colleges you’ve applied to will want to get a feeling for how you behave outside of your academic life,....
3 Tasks to Help High School Juniors Boost College Success
US News  - Sep 28, 2015
?For many students, junior year of high school is also the most difficult year. Students must prepare for their upcoming ACT or SAT test dates, evaluate potential colleges and function beneath an immense amount of pressure to achieve high grades to impress these colleges...
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The One Big Danger of Applying to College Early
TIME  - Sep 29, 2015
It might make it easier to get in—but harder to pay the bill. You know the adage about the early bird and the worm. It holds true in college admissions too.....
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Don’t Make This Common College Application Mistake!
TeenLife  - Sep 29, 2015
What is the single biggest mistake you can make on your college application? Submitting a narrative as your essay response to the prompt. You might as well just include the wrong school name while you are at it...
College Admissions: Common Application Prompt #5
GoLocal PDX College Admission  - Sep 23, 2015
The intention of this series is to show readers a sample of a good essay in response to each of the Common Application prompts. This essay is an actual college admission essay, written and submitted by a real student. ...
Don't Ghostwrite College Application Essays
Huffington Post  - Sep 25, 2015
Recently, I have traveled to schools, college fairs, libraries, and many homes to help kids with their college applications, including their college application essays and/or personal statements. .....
Archives - Essays
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3 reasons college visits can increase admission possibilities for applicants
DC Higher Education Examiner - Sep 28, 2015
Many students cannot imagine applying to a school they have never visited. They are looking for their new home and want to evaluate not just academic offerings and experiential learning opportunities, but also the physical environment, the social climate, and other aspects more easily perceived through personal experience.....
How to ace that college admission interview
College Examiner - Sep 28, 2015
On top of finalizing a college list, polishing up admissions essays and settling in to a solid senior year schedule, now is the time to prepare for college admission interviews. Interviews are only offered by a small percentage of colleges out there, those that are highly selective and, generally speaking, smaller.....
Meet the Students Trying to Transform the College Tour
TIME  - Sep 24, 2015
Want to know what it’s like to be a pre-med biology major involved in student government? Campus Sherpa will tell you, by matching you with someone who is...
Archives - Visiting/Interviews
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Oct 1, 2015
Advice for Students on College Essays
Counselors who read last week’s column on writing effective counselor letters for college have asked if there is any advice they can pass along to students on the essays they have to write for college. I live to serve. More

Going to NACAC?

Stop by Booth #224 0n Friday October 2 at 10:15 AM to meet Patrick O'Connor and have him sign his new book College Counseling for School Counselors. more information

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Being a digital parent of the college bound
Long Island College Prep Examiner  - Sep 28 2015
Technology has transformed parenting with a virtual umbilical cord. Years ago, when children left the family home, many parents gave them some change to use in a public pay phone if they needed to get in touch. Then came the beepers emitting signals of secret messages between family members. ..
4 types of advisers who help with college admissions
BankRate  - Sep 29, 2015
College is expensive, selective and competitive. Some teens may need additional help navigating the college admissions process, and this assistance comes at a cost. "I believe that part of the money that parents put aside when saving for their ....
5 Lessons I Learned During the College Search
TeenLife  - Sep 29, 2015
I hear the frustration in parents’ voices every day about the college search process. The knowledge a parent needs to navigate this college maze is overwhelming. Parents feel lost, confused, off-track and often bewildered. ....
Archives - Parents
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October is all about standardized testing and, for many, all about test anxiety
Charlotte Observer  - Sep 28 2015
October is a big month for testing: The SAT is offered on Oct. 3 and the ACT is offered on Oct. 24. Additionally, nearly all high school juniors across the nation will be taking the PSAT on Oct. 14, and many other sophomores and juniors will be taking the PLAN ..
Results of Removing Standardized Test Scores From College Admissions
Huffington Post  - Sep 24 2015
You won't find our college in the U.S. News & Word Report "Best Colleges" rankings released this month. Last year Hampshire College decided not to accept SAT/ACT test scores from high school applicants seeking admission. That got us kicked off the rankings, disqualified us, per U.S. News rankings criteria. That's OK with us. ..
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Don't Get Conned Paying for College: Five Scholarship and Financial Aid Scams to Watch Out for this College Application Season
Huffington Post  - Sep 29, 2015
Hey high school seniors--what's scarier than a pile of blank college applications? How about being conned out of your college savings by the very people promising to help you pay for school....
No More Financial Aid Rush
The College Solution Blog  - Sep 24, 2015
One of the most unpleasant aspects of filing for financial aid is how rushed the process has always been. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid isn’t released until Jan. 1 each year,...
3 Steps to Write a Standout College Scholarship Essay
US News  - Sep 25, 2015
What you might not already realize about the scholarship application process – something that could be very critical in more ways than one – is that a lot of scholarship applicants are going to appear very similar on paper where the "numbers" are concerned, such as academics...
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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A High School Where College Is Not the Goal
The Atlantic - Sep 24, 2015
PHILADELPHIA—The halls of Randolph Technical High School looks like almost any other public school in an urban core: a labyrinth of classrooms and lockers housed in an old building, hallways loud with constant chatter and chaos as students and teachers bustle around ..
CCSSO Announces State Action to Advance Career Pathways
CCSSO Press Release - Sep 28, 2015
Washington, D.C. (September 28, 2015) -- Seventeen states are committing to reset career education by adding rigor and value to programs preparing high school graduates for high-skilled, high-demand jobs. ..
Archives - CTE
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Student Athletes

Want to play college sports? Be proactive
Concord Monitor - Sep 27, 2015
Q. What do parents and high school students need to know if the child wants to play sports in college? My son is starting his sophomore year, and he’s a three-sport athlete, with two strong sports...
Recruiting column: Select Teams in College Recruiting, Q&A with Cade Griffis
USA Today HSS - Sep 25, 2015
Select sports are big business in this country. If you don’t believe me, just ask any youth athlete, high school athlete or their parent to name the top teams in their state… I would be willing to bet that most of them could name the top 5, at the very least...
Archives - Athletes
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California Is Showing the Rest of the Country How to Make College Accessible to Everyone
Policy.mic - Sep 29, 2015
What does it take to deliver a quality education to students from every corner of society? Money helps. Harvard University has an endowment larger than about half the world's economies, and with it an unrivaled ability to tweak the cost of its world-class education to be inclusive...
Hey, kids, text your way to cheaper college bills
LA Times - Sep 29, 2015
One day in February, a Los Angeles high school student texted a hotline number, worried about paying for college....
Arizona high school students aren't graduating college ready
The Daily Wildcat - Sep 29, 2015
Less than half of the seniors graduating from Arizona high schools meet the entrance requirements for the three major Arizona universities, according to a recent study done by the Arizona Board of Regents....
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Bullied Teens Who Exercise May Lower Suicide Risk
WebMD - Sep 25, 2015
(HealthDay News) -- Regular exercise may lower bullied teens' risk of suicide, researchers report. The researchers analyzed data from more than 13,500 U.S. high school students and found that being physically active four or more days a week reduced bullied teens' suicidal thoughts and attempts by 23 percent....
Cyberbullying is worse than face-to-face bullying, teens say
Naked Security - Sep 24, 2015
Many teens consider online bullying to be worse than face-to-face bullying, a survey of teenagers has found. After all, cyberbullying can happen around the clock, it's relentless, and it's driven by crowd behaviour - in fact, you can consider it a horrible manifestation of crowd-sourcing....
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