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|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, you’d 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. ...
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|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, it’s 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. That’s 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...
|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....
|Writing The College Essay |
TeenLife Blog - Aug 14, 2014
With summer being about half way over, it’s 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
I’ve 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 I’ve seen have usually been guilty of one or more of these no-no’s:...
|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?...
| 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
|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?...
|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 America’s 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 – 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 – a small, business-oriented school in Massachusetts – 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....
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
Let’s 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 I’m about to go through this gantlet as my oldest daughter applies for college. ...
|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....
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 what’s become known as the skills gap: Despite an abundance of workers, too many simply aren’t qualified to fill the jobs available. ...
Thousands of California Kids Don’t Get Past Middle School |
Washington Monthly - Aug 20, 2014
LOS ANGELES - Devon Sanford’s mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer when he was in the eighth grade. After barely finishing at Los Angeles’s Henry Clay Middle School, he never enrolled in high school....
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