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Obama's college rating system challenges U.S. News
CBSNews MoneyWatch - Aug 23, 2013
The Princeton Review just released its annual College Rankings Lists. Their 62 categories cover everything from "Best Value" to "Top Party Schools." When it comes to doing your own college research, there are many factors to consider.....
Which Colleges Should We Blame for the Student-Debt Crisis?
The Atlantic - Aug 23, 2013
With President Obama barnstorming about student debt and the rising price of college, I wanted to spend a little time today on a question that, unfortunately, sometimes gets skipped over in in conversations about the cost of higher ed....
Most Americans Say They Can't Afford Public College
Huffington Post - Aug 27, 2013
A majority of Americans believe the cost of a college education at a state university is unaffordable, but aren't sure they would prefer a radical new tuition proposal being considered in several states, a new Huffington Post/YouGov poll found....
Colleges are toughening up on student borrowing
USA Today - Aug 27, 2013
LEWISBURG, W.Va. — So far, the speakers at new-student orientation at New River Community and Technical College on this afternoon have been upbeat and supportive. Now comes financial aid director Trish Harmon. The tone darkens.....
Five Ways To Reduce College Costs
Forbes - Aug 26, 2013
Unless you’ve been in a cave somewhere, by now you’re aware that last Thursday President Obama put forward a proposal to reduce the cost of higher education. The basis of this initiative is a ratings system that will help the federal government...
Not enough to graduate college: Now there's an exit exam
NBC News - Aug 27, 2013
BOSTON -- Seniors returning to classes at dozens of U.S. colleges and universities have one more hurdle to prepare for this school year: a new standardized test for graduating students intended to give prospective employers a measure of their abilities....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Romanticizing The College Experience
HuffPost Live - Aug 26, 2013
Every year prospective students are sold the romanticized idea of the college experience. But with the cost of higher education climbing and student debt surpassing $1 trillion should students be more focused on the atmosphere or the price tag?...
It’s time for high school juniors to get serious about college
Charlotte Observer - Aug 26, 2013
Juniors need to become invested in the college admissions process as early in their junior year as possible. If you ask most college freshman for advice, you’re likely to hear this good advice: Start the process earlier and don’t wait until the last minute to visit colleges or submit applications...
What exactly is a high school profile?
DC College Admissions Examiner - Aug 23, 2013
It’s surprising how few students and parents are familiar with their high school’s “profile.” This important document is attached to every transcript mailed as part of a complete “secondary school report” submitted to colleges....
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Writing the Right College-Entrance Essay
Wall Street Journal - Aug 24, 2013
This spring, with little fanfare, the folks behind the Common Application—the main application form for almost 500 of the nation's top colleges and universities—announced a big change: the personal statement, the form's core essay, has been extended from 500 to 650 words long....
10 tips for writing a great college essay
CBS News - Aug 29, 2013
One of the scariest parts of the entire college admission process is writing the dreaded college essay. High school seniors, who must tackle this assignment, face the very real danger of psyching themselves out before they ever write their first sentence.....
12 excellent essay tips from essay readers
DC College Admissions Examiner - Aug 28, 2013
College applicants and those that advise them love to debate the role of the essay or personal statement in the admissions process. While no essay will make a patently unqualified student suddenly acceptable, a good essay can help a qualified applicant stand out from the competition.....
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SATs, ACTs, & AP

Is the SAT or the ACT the Easier Exam? - Aug 26, 2013
It's a question I get frequently, but there is, of course, no one answer to it. For either exam, only 10% of students will score in the top 10%. In that sense, the two exams are equally difficult....
5 Tips for SAT, ACT Test Prep Procrastinators
US News & World Report - Aug 26, 2013
Many students say they do their best work under a tight deadline. But if you've put off studying for the SAT or ACT until the last minute, getting ready to sit for the exam will take more effort than just saying to yourself, "I work well under pressure!"...
College Admissions: 5 Reasons To Take The ACT Exam
golocalprov - Aug 20, 2013
While the SAT still dominates standardized testing for college admissions, the ACT has gained significant ground in the last 10 years. Originally, the ACT was more popular with mid-west and west coast colleges,...
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Aug 28, 2013
Guiding Your Students Through the New Common Application
It’s been almost a month since Common Application released their brand new application, CA4. With most schools still not in session... More

Mr. President, Here's the College Reform You Forgot
Huffington Post - Aug 23, 2013
It's been a big summer for advocates of college reform. The Oregon legislature started things off by passing a bill where students would get all the money they need to attend a public college, in exchange for a percentage of income the students earn after graduation.....
CollegeWeekLive Advisor Center Puts School Counselors in the Drivers Seat
Newsday - Aug 26, 2013
With the CollegeWeekLive Advisor Center, Counselors Can Book Live Online Chats with 300+ Colleges, Find Lesson Plans and Videos on College Readiness....
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Tutor reveals Ivy-admissions madness of rich penthouse parents
New York Post - Aug 22, 2013
Lacy Crawford’s first novel, “Early Decision” (William Morrow), out this week, was inspired by the 15 years she spent working as an independent college-admissions counselor to the rich-and-powerful’s sons and daughters in Manhattan, Chicago, Los Angeles and London. For a fee,....
A letter to my son as he leaves for college
CNN - Aug 28, 2013
(CNN) -- Already the days are getting shorter, nature's signal that everything must come to an end and begin again. It's almost here -- the freedom you have longed for all year and the day I've dreaded for months, perhaps, even, since the day you were born....
Why Parents Should Butt Out of College Essays
Wall Street Journal - Aug 23, 2013
Lacy Crawford, author of "Early Decision: Based on A True Frenzy", spent 15 years as an independent applications adviser. She speaks with WSJ's Jarrard Cole about the stress surrounding college applications and how to write a standout personal statement....
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The 2013 College Guide Is Here
Washington Monthly - Aug 26, 2013
The 2013 Washington Monthly college rankings are out. This is our answer to U.S. News & World Report, which relies on crude and easily manipulated measures of wealth, exclusivity, and prestige (basically how fancy they are) for its rankings.....
Colleges with the best value? New rankings upend conventional wisdom (+video)
Christian Science Monitor - Aug 27, 2013
Quick, what's the top national university? Harvard? Princeton? Instead, try the University of California in San Diego. A set of college rankings released this week by Washington Monthly uses a different sort of metrics than, say, the more familiar kind used by U.S. News & World Report......
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Career Education

For Students With Disabilities, Career and Technical Education Programs Offer More Than Just a Trade
Huffington Post - Aug 19, 2013
Last month, leaders from the worlds of special education policy, research, and practice gathered in downtown Washington, D.C. for the annual IDEA Leadership Conference. The meeting's agenda featured a wide range of discussions about how various policies and programs- from preschool participation ...
New Jr. Achievement Venture Aims to Help Students Build Work Skills
EdWeek - Aug 24, 2013
Junior Achievement announced this week a new effort to help high school students identify their career interests and land a job, including how to conduct a job search and respond to common interview questions.....
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College aid offers fail to grow with economy
Boston Globe - Aug 24, 2013
MEDFORD — It was a goal that former Tufts University president Lawrence S. Bacow highlighted in his inaugural address more than a decade ago: make admissions decisions without considering a student’s ability to pay.....
Finding the Most Generous Colleges
The College Solution Blog - Aug 24, 2013
How can you fnd the most generous colleges? The ones that meet 100% of financial need or close to it? And what about the schools that provide merit scholarships for affluent students who don’t qualify for need-based aid?....
College Scholarship Scams: 5 Questions You Should Ask
Huffington Post - Aug 25, 2013
You don't have to search very far to get tips and strategies for getting college scholarship money these days. But how often do you hear about the seedy underworld of scholarships? Fact is, the number of scholarship scams and frauds have picked up considerably over the last decade....

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Fewer high school graduates means creative adjustments for colleges
Michigan Radio - Aug 28, 2013
Colleges and universities in Michigan have been grappling with ways to fill the revenue hole after the state Legislature cut funding for higher education. But now there's another problem -- fewer students. ....
Want to go to college? Visit a campus (AUDIO)
Nebraska Radio Network - Aug 22, 2013
As the new college year begins, college officials tout the benefits of visiting the campus for high school students trying to choose where to go after they graduate.....
Many Indiana High School Students May Not be Ready For College Classes
WBIW - Aug 24, 2013
(UNDATED) - Indiana's high schoolers do better than the rest of the nation, but most students taking the ACT are not ready for college classes. That's according to the company that makes the test.....
Ignition mentoring program gives freshmen a jump start
Journal Sentinel. - Aug 26, 2013
It's still a week before classes start for most Wisconsin schools, but Milwaukee High School of the Arts students got a jump on the first day of high school Monday as part of a new program that teams freshmen with upperclass mentors....
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Teen Dating Abuse

Teen dating abuse is common and complex, studies say
USA Today - Aug 1, 2013
More than a third of teen guys and girls say they've been physically, emotionally or sexually abused in their dating relationships, according to new, unpublished data from a nationwide survey. Similar numbers of both sexes say they've been abusers...
Study: More than a third of teens are victims of abuse
Northwest Herald - Aug 26, 2013
Shortly after the news broke in July of a domestic murder-suicide in Harvard, Molly Horton sat with her teen group trying to find the right thing to say. The details were mind-boggling: Miguel Andrade, a 19-year-old, had entered the home of the 17-year-old mother of his child, Jackie Flores, in the early morning of July 25...
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