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It's primetime for CPAs. -- Once again, Start Here. Go Places. is challenging you to think creatively about a career in accounting. This year, we want you to channel your inner television writer and come up with an idea for a hit TV show ó starring a CPA....
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College Big Picture

Courting Merit Scholars Opens Door to Questions
New York Times  - Dec 12, 2012
Oklahoma specifically targets National Merit scholars for recruitment, seeing them as a way to raise the universityís quality and profile. And while some academic administrators dislike the practice, many of Oklahomaís peers do the same, though not with the same fervor or favors.. .
What You Study Does Not Determine Where You Work
washingtonmonthly  - Dec 11, 2012
I wrote earlier today about Vermontís discussion about charging different tuitions to people with different majors. One of the difficulties with this is as policy that the majors that might lead to lucrative jobs are more expensive to administer.... .
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

3 Ways College Applicants Can Improve Their Online Brands
US News & World Report  - Dec 6, 2012
When students apply to colleges, their entire lives may be put under a microscope and reviewed by admissions professionals. Students who have excelled at promoting a positive image online may improve their admissions chances... .
Part 5: College Students Answer Reader Questions on Admissions and Campus Life
New York Times - The Choice  - Dec 7, 2012
In this final part of our series, Ms. Hansen and Mr. Campbell respond to a question about researching potential careers and majors, and standardized tests for international students. Questions and answers have been edited, including for length and style... .
Write your way to college success
Houston Higher Education  - Dec 10, 2012
If you are a high school senior deciding which college to attend or an adult considering returning to school, take some helpful advice from a college teacher and learn how to write effectively before the semester begins.... .
Why I Completed the College Application Process... Twice
Huffington Post - Dec 11, 2012
The college application process -- the single most anxiety-ridden experience for many high school students -- is something that I went through twice...
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College Decision Beckoning to Be Unveiled? Please, Let It Wait Until You Get Home.
New York Times - The Choice  - Dec 12, 2012
If you are one of the thousands of high school seniors who applied to colleges and universities under early action or early decision plans, this week represents a major moment in your admissions journey.. .
Early Decisions: What to do next if you're accepted, deferred or denied
True Admissions Blog  - Dec 13, 2012
It's decision time for students who have applied early action (EA), early decision (ED) or restrictive early action (REA) with the news soon to arrive via email or snail mail. Once you receive your notification, there are still some steps to be taken. .. .
Deferred? What Now?  - Dec 13, 2012
It's that time of year when students are hearing decisions from their Early Action and Early Decision college applications. For a large number of students, the decision will not be as clear cut as a simple acceptance or rejection...
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Inside the Admissions Office

Admissions: The Challenges of Connecting With Students
Huffington Post - Dec 8, 2012
As the flow of information becomes increasingly instantaneous, college admission counselors must consider the best means to contact prospective students. There is not a "one-size fits all" approach. ..
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Winter slowdown hits essay writers
Charlotte Observer - Dec 11, 2012
Reluctant Writer Syndrome, like the flu, hits every year around this time. Most typically affected are high school senior boys who seem to specialize in procrastination on college essays...

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Dec 13, 2012
What to Tell Your Seniors (and Teachers) Right Away
The word among college admissions offices and high school counselors is that more early applications to college have been submitted than ever before. Many students applied to these early programs in the hope they would have an early answer, but because there are so many applicants... More

Why strengthening high school guidance counseling could improve college readiness
The Grand Rapids Press  - Dec 12, 2012
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- High School guidance counselors are crucial to helping students prepare for college, and could benefit from more training, higher accountability standards and stronger relationships with business groups and mentors, according to a national survey....
Seniors and parents: What to do now?  - Dec 10, 2012
The end of the calendar year is usually a hectic time in many high school counseling offices, as well as in the homes of seniors who are looking forward to attending college come September....
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What Should You Wear to a College Interview?  - Dec 11, 2012
The college interview is a great place to make a positive impression on the admissions folks. The interview allows you to show off your personality and demonstrate your interest."...
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SATs & ACTs/AP Tests

2012 PSAT scores are now available online
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Dec 7, 2012
And make no mistake, your PSAT score report is a valuable tool. Unlike most services provided by our friends in Princeton, the PSAT offers an amazing amount of FREE information and advice all packaged together in materials test-takers automatically receive. So whatever you do, donít trash the packet!...
Schools Continue to Drop SAT/ACT Requirement
GoLocalWorcester College  - Dec 11, 2012
This week, Roger Williams University became the latest college to adopt a test-optional policy, allowing students to apply without SAT or ACT scores. RWU joins more than 850 colleges .. .
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Early Decision: A Letter to My Son
Huffington Post  - Dec 11, 2012
As the mom of a high school senior applying to college, this fall has been a busy one -- not only helping my kid stay focused and optimistic, but also fielding curiosity and fascination from well-meaning friends and family and helping anxious buddies try to hang in there and keep a calm, reasonable perspective about the whole process.. .
5 College Conversations for Families During Winter Break
US News & World Report  - Dec 11, 2012
If Thanksgiving break was a good time for college students and families to check in with each other on grades, social life, health, and career thoughts, the extended winter break offers another opportunity to discuss subjects that might warrant more than a phone call or E-mail... .
Some Colleges Discount Tuition for Siblings
US News & World Report  - Dec 11, 2012
Paying for one college education can be a financial stretch, requiring significant savings, scholarship searches, and possibly even student loans. For families with more than one child enrolled in college, finding funding can be an even bigger burden... .
How Parents Can Stretch College Savings for Students Living at Home
US News & World Report  - Dec 12, 2012
New York City mom Veronica Defonso carefully saved for her daughter's education, but she doesn't want to use up those funds before her child gets to graduate school. "Graduate school is absolutely necessary to get my daughter that much farther ahead," she says... .
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The ABCs of college financial aid
Los Angeles Times - Dec 9, 2012
If you have a child heading to college in the next few years ó or even in college now ó there are a few things you ought to keep in mind this holiday season. ... .
December Financial Aid Checklist for Seniors
True Admissions Blog - Dec 12, 2012
College advisor Alice Kleeman is back this month with advice for seniors on what you should be doing with regard to financial aid. Remember it is you, the student, who applies for aid.... .
College financial-aid fraud rises as online study grows
AZ Central - Dec 11, 2012
As online college classes grow in popularity, financial-aid fraud rings are increasing as well, Arizona authorities say. In the last three years, federal officials have uncovered three financial-aid schemes ... .

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Which Highly Ranked Universities Operate Most Efficiently?
US News & World Report - Dec 6, 2012
In these times of tight or reduced state budgets, it's important for some colleges to efficiently spend their limited resources in order to produce the highest possible educational quality. U.S. News has developed an exclusive new list showing which schools are able to produce the highest educational quality ... .
A look at Washington Monthly's new college ranking system
Minnesota Public Radio  - Dec 12, 2012
This year's Washington Monthly College Guide took a different approach to the much-anticipated college rankings report. Editors at the magazine created a new ranking algorithm, ... .
Truths about College Rankings  - Dec 12, 2012
Take a look through this yearís U.S. News and World Reportís college rankings: Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, University of Chicago. Itís a parade of nearly-impossible-to-get-into schools, scored by metrics that often privilege reputation over real student experiences.... .
'U.S. News' adds insult to injury
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Dec 12, 2012
Itís bad enough that colleges are forced to endure arbitrary ranking systems designed to sell magazines to a public anxious to bring orderóany orderóto the college admissions process. ... .
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U of I adds LGBT to application
Des Moines Register - Dec 13, 2012
IOWA CITY, IA. ó The University of Iowa announced changes to its undergraduate admissions application Wednesday designed to make the process more inclusive to prospective students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender......
Few would likely mourn an end to Minnesota's high-school exit tests - Dec 6, 2012
In the spring of 2013 when the obituary is written, as seems likely, for Minnesotaís high-school graduation tests, it might read thusly:...
Aurora Advocate - Dec 12, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- State lawmakers were divided Wednesday over whether a bill switching schools to an A through F performance ranking system was the best thing for students, educators and families.....
Officials tout industry certifications as vital to Kansas work force
Joplin Globe - Dec 11, 2012
PITTSBURG, Kan. ó Pittsburg was the last stop Tuesday afternoon for a group of state officials touring Kansas to promote the stateís effort to build a certified, highly qualified work force for business and industry.....
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Dating Violence

Why Teen Victims of Dating Violence Canít Break the Cycle
TIME  - Dec 11, 2012
For teens, dating is about more than just finding a boyfriend or girlfriend. Itís a critical part of adolescent development, but with reports of increased violence occurring within relationships, ...
KCBS Cover Story: Teaching Parents, Children About Teen Dating Violence
TIME  - Dec 12, 2012
OAKLAND (KCBS) Ė The U.S. government is getting ready to conduct an experiment of sorts inside Oakland middle school classrooms Ė trying to teach kids about safe dating skills....
Teen Dating Violence Linked to Depression, Substance Abuse
PsychCentral  - Dec 12, 2012
Teens in an abusive relationship may be more likely to develop later emotional and substance abuse problems, according to new research published in the journal Pediatrics.....



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