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Summer Resource Guide - 2013

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Big Picture

High School Graduation Requirements Get Limber
US News & World Report  - Apr 24, 2013
Loosening high school graduation requirements to stem dropouts and improve college and career readiness may seem counterintuitive, but some states are doing just that.....
ACT survey finds gap on college readiness
Washington Post  - Apr 17, 2013
Heads up, high schools: Your graduates may not be as ready for college as you think they are. New survey results from the ACT assessment organization, made public Wednesday, show a disconnect on the crucial question of college readiness.....
Can Vocational Education Produce the Citizens We Need?
Governing Blog - Apr 23, 2013
There is both good and bad news in a comprehensive education-reform law just signed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott. If done right, allowing students to choose between a high-school diploma focused on college-level work and one geared toward technical training could produce positive results.....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

College Admissions: Top 10 College Admissions Websites
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Apr 22, 2013
Books, websites, magazines, blogs, newsletters! You could fill a local library today with nothing but college admission resources. The array of information is mind-boggling. There are scholarship sites that promise to find a student money,....
50 questions to ask before applying to college
CBS News MoneyWatch  - Apr 24, 2013
(MoneyWatch) Which college to attend is a monumental decision, but all too often teenagers and their parents don't devote nearly enough attention to researching their options. ...
Benefits of Advanced Placement Program Questioned
Education Week  - Apr 25, 2013
More and more high school students are enrolling in Advanced Placement courses with the hope that the experience will better prepare them for college and boost their chances in the application process. ...
10 Ways to Pay Less for College
Forbes  - Apr 22, 2013
Dreading the thought of paying for college? Join the club. According to figures from the College Board, the average total amount that students spent to attend an in-state public college ....
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Tip Sheet: Making the Final College Decision
New York Times  - Apr 25, 2013
The end of April is in sight, and this can only mean one thing: the National Candidate Reply Date is approaching. On May 1, accepted students must notify one college of their intent to enroll by submitting a deposit....
Measuring College Prestige vs. Cost of Enrollment
New York Times  - Apr 20, 2013
Having a choice is generally a good thing, and being able to choose among several college acceptances should be a wonderful thing indeed....
Choosing a Scholarship Over a College Name Brand
New York Times - Motherlode  - Apr 23, 2013
A recent Wealth Matters column (“Measuring College Prestige vs. Cost of Enrollment”) described an unemployed father whose daughter was offered a full scholarship to college. Yet he planned to pay a $32,000 annual tuition bill so she could attend her more prestigious first-choice college instead....
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Wait Listed

The curse of the “courtesy wait-list”
Charlotte Observer  - Apr 22, 2013 (updated 4/25 2:45PM)
I hate to break this to you, but if your child was wait-listed at a dream school, the stats are not encouraging. Getting off the wait list is totally variable year to year and institution to institution...
The benefits of spring enrollment
San Jose Mercury News  - Apr 22, 2013
Colleges are increasingly offering students a spot in the freshman class starting in the spring semester or winter quarter, rather than the fall. This is a way for schools to offer more positions a...
College wait lists prolong the angst for high school seniors
Philadelphia Inquirer  - Apr 16, 2013
The high school senior was wait listed at Villanova University, her number-one pick. So she sent the admissions office a white sneaker with the letter V painted in blue and a note: "I've already got one foot in the door...
5 Things Not To Do If You Are Waitlisted At Your Dream College
Huffington Post  - Apr 16, 2013
Congratulations! A spot on the waitlist means that the college likes you, but there just isn’t enough room for all of the amazing candidates who applied. Students that the school wants but who are not as strong as the strongest of the candidates are put on the waitlist...
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Inside the Admissions Office

ProPublica: Secrets of college admissions
Philly.com - Apr 23, 2013
As college-bound students weigh their options, they often look to the various statistics that universities trumpet — things like the high number of applications, high test scores, and low acceptance rate.....
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I Can Tell You Now -- Their Essays Were Meh
Huffington Post  - Apr 19, 2013
With the last of the college admission letters sent, this is the time juniors ask a pretty great question -- "What happened to this year's college applicants that can help me get ready to apply to college next year?",....
When College Admissions Essays Go Viral
The Atlantic Wire  - Apr 23, 2013
Today the Ivy League gossip blog IvyGate unveiled a public Google Drive folder in which members of Columbia University's Class of 2017 had saved the personal essay each had included with their Columbia application. T....

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Apr 24, 2013
Evaluating Counseling Programs
The last twenty years of education reform indicates our gut feelings about our work is no longer enough to satisfy bosses, policymakers, and funding sources.... More

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Seniors: A last to-do list
True Admissions Blog - Apr 24, 2013
You're almost there... Here's a last To Do list to make sure you tie up all loose ends before the graduation celebrations begin:....
Student rights and responsibilities in the admissions process
DC College Admissions Examiner - Apr 21, 2013
Since 1937, the Arlington-based National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has worked to create and enforce a code of ethics for the “admission-counseling” profession....
Advice for Smart Students on Succeeding in College
New York Times - The Choice - Apr 22, 2013
In my work, I’ve found there to be an enormous, though perfectly absurd, pressure for smart teenagers to appear smart, autonomous and academically self-sufficient at all times....
Why early birds do better in college
CBS News MoneyWatch - Apr 22, 2013
(MoneyWatch) If you want to succeed in college, consider applying early. Seriously. That is the takeaway from a new study conducted by James Roche, an associate provost for enrollment management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. ...
Advice for Smart Students on Succeeding in College
Huffington Post - Apr 22, 2013
Congrats, seniors! You’ve survived the draining college admissions process and are now surfing the web trying to learn more about your prospective schools! You’ve even been invited to join your colleges’ admitted students Facebook group. But what’s proper etiquette for these sorts of social media pages? ...
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Should You Take the SAT or ACT?
About.com - Apr 18, 2013
Nearly all colleges accept the SAT or the ACT, so prospective college students should remember that they have a choice when it comes to standardized testing.....
More Students Took ACT Than SAT Last Year
Gazette Newspapers - Apr 20, 2013
2012 proved to be a challenging year for the College Board and its SAT. For the first time since the SAT’s inaugural administration in 1926, another test, the ACT, was administered to more students. ....
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Oh Dear, Will My Kids Ever Get Into College?
Huffington Post - Apr 23, 2013
"If I applied to Princeton today, I'd never get in." That's what I hear so many of my college classmates say these days, as the competition to get into selective colleges and universities increases and the pressure on applicants ramps up....
Required Reading for Parents
True Admissions Blog - Apr 22, 2013
"And of course none of it matters very much at all, none of these early successes, early failures. I wonder if we had better not find some way to let our children know this..."...
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Financial Aid Help for First-Gen College Students
US News & World Report - Apr 22, 2013
Navigating the waters of college financial aid is tricky business. Just ask Daniel Madzelan, a retired U.S. Department of Education official of more than three decades. Madzelan readily admits the federal financial aid process could be much simpler....
How to Decipher Your College Financial Aid Letter
DailyFinance.com - Apr 18, 2013
It's college decision season, a time when students across the country watch their email with bated breath, waiting for the electronic harbinger that will inform them that (hopefully, thick) envelopes are on the way...

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Prepare Teens for Summer College Prep Programs
US News & World Report  - Apr 23, 2013
Pre-college summer programs often give teens a taste of the most attractive aspects of college life: dorm housing, challenging classes and a parent-free environment. While advisers and program directors....
What Exactly Is a Meaningful Summer?
San Ramon Express  - Apr 24, 2013
I keep hearing counselors talk about students having meaningful summers. Well, what exactly does that mean and what are some good ideas? Thanks, Jeremy...
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Teens to rally for summer jobs at State House
Boston Herald - Apr 23, 2013
A delegation of teens from youth and community groups will wait outside the House Chamber at the State House after school today to make a “last-ditch appeal” to legislators to save youth jobs from upcoming budgetary cuts, according to the Youth Jobs Coalition of Dorchester....
Mass. lags in part-time students
Boston Globe - Apr 25, 2013
Massachusetts lags the nation in part-time time enrollment in colleges and community colleges as well as the rate at which these students complete degrees, according to a report released Wednesday.....
At issue in New Jersey: Schools' role in security
Philly.com - Apr 25, 2013
For all the recent flurry of proposals about gun safety from Gov. Christie and the Democratic-led Legislature, few have sought to change much in the places that have spurred much of the discussion: local schools....
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Prom Safety

68% Underage Drinking Deaths Not Traffic-Related; Advocates Still Urge Ways To Improve Prom Safety
Medical Daily - Apr 19, 2013
A recent analysis conducted by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, MADD, found that most of the teen-drinking deaths were not traffic-related....
Postcards urge parents, kids to talk about prom safety
Pantagraph - Apr 21, 2013
BLOOMINGTON — Thousands of area parents of high school juniors and seniors received postcards recently with suggestions that could save their children’s live this prom season.....


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