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College Big Picture

College Dropout Rate Called National Crisis in New Report
Politic365.com/ - Jan 24, 2013
A new report on the college dropout rate featured depressing statistics: — 46% of those who enter a U.S. college fail to graduate within six years — only 37% of African Americans graduate within 6 years — only 42% of Hispanic students graduate within 6 years...
Report Sheds Light on Where College Tuition Goes
US News & World Report - Jan 23, 2013
Ever wonder why tuition is rising so rapidly or where all that money is going? If so, the American Institutes for Research's Delta Cost Project's reviews of trends in college spending, ....
‘How We Separate Merit From Privilege’
Chronicle of Higer Ed - Jan 20, 2013
Los Angeles — At a conference hosted by the University of Southern California’s Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice last week, Charles E. Lovelace Jr. uttered the most memorable quote....
Selling Their Futures: College Grads Promise a Slice of Their Future Income for Cash Now
TIME - Jan 23, 2013
The start of Nathan Sharp’s story sounds familiar: In 2012, he found himself graduating from Dartmouth College with an MBA and $100,000 in student debt. ...
Free Online College Courses Take Big Step Forward
Forbes - Jan 23, 2013
Free online college classes known as “massive open online courses,” or MOOCs, have made another big stride toward changing the model for higher education. Dozens of public universities are planning to offer introductory MOOCs for credit to anyone ...
New Reading Standards Aim To Prep Kids For College — But At What Cost?
ABC News - Jan 19, 2013
Once upon a time, in the long ago world of high school reading, Holden Caulfield was perhaps the epitome of angst: a young man suddenly an outcast in the world he thought he knew. The antihero of J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye was about to enter a perilous journey of self-discovery. ...
What Is Merit?
Inside Higher Ed - Jan 18, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- After a morning here in which admissions leaders and legal experts discussed strategies for colleges to look beyond the grades and test scores of applicants, Art Coleman said that it was time to acknowledge the "proverbial elephant in the room." That's the issue of merit. ...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

What juniors need to do now, part 2
Charlotte Observer - Jan 22, 2013
Most high schools will soon release grade point averages and an official rank in class for juniors. Your rank in class and your weighted grade point average will give you an accurate assessment ...
College Rejection: How To Overcome A Negative Answer In 4 Easy Steps
Huffington Post - Her Campus - Jan 19, 2013
Rejection sucks. Whether it’s a guy, friend, or college telling you “no,” it’s bound to sting at least a little bit. College rejections in particular can be especially painfu ...
Colleges More Interested in Students' Personal Characteristics
US News University - Jan 18, 2013
In order to determine which applicants are the best fit for their institutions, modern college admissions officials primarily examine students' grades in college prep courses, strength of high school curriculum, ...
Finding What Fits in College Admissions
San Ramon Express - Jan 22, 2013
As seniors start their final stretch in high school, juniors are just gearing up for college admissions. A question I hear frequently is “How do I put together a college list?” First, you must do a systematic college search. The sheer volume of college information can be overwhelming....
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High School Seniors

The greatest advice ever for choosing a college
USA Today - College - Jan 23, 2013
This is my gift to you, high school seniors. In my years of writing about education, editing essays and advising friends and family, these are my five greatest bits of advice for choosing a college. ...
Symptoms and Consequences of ‘Senioritis’
LA College Admissions Examiner - Jan 22, 2013
While seniors wait for admission decisions, it is essential that they focus on maintaining a strong academic record and excellent behavior. Colleges do rescind admission offers based on poor academic performance during senior year. ...
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Unacceptable Changes to the Common Application for College Applicants
Huffington Post - Jan 22, 2013
Beginning this fall, the Common Application is imposing a strict 500-word limit on the personal statement. While our students have always complied with college essay word limits, many applicants ignore directions and upload longer essays. ...

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The very best guide to mastering the ACT
DC College Admissions Examiner - Jan 24, 2013
Preparing for college entrance exams isn’t all that different from perfecting skills in sports or music. It’s all about mastery and practice. ...
Testing, Testing: Some Ground Rules About the ACT and SAT
Huffington Post - Jan 23, 2013
Counseling offices around the country are gearing up to send out current grades of seniors, the last large task on the Application Support checklist for the Class of 2013 -- so can the next class be far behind?...
College Board chief faults SAT admission exam
Daily Bulletin - Jan 17, 2013
Guess who thinks the SAT needs to be improved? The new president of the organization that owns the SAT, the nation's most widely used college admission exam...
Juniors, One more piece of advice on testing
True Admissions Blog  - Jan 22, 2013
To do well, follow the advice your parents have been giving you since your first standardized test in elementary school: • Get a good night’s sleep. • Eat a good breakfast....
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Should Colleges Stop Giving Credit for High A.P. Scores?
New York Times - The Choice - Jan 17, 2013
Dartmouth College, the Ivy League school in New Hampshire, has recently announced that it will no longer give college credit to students who score well on Advanced Placement tests, my colleague...
Will other colleges follow Dartmouth’s plan to end AP credit for exams?
Montgomery County College Prep Examiner  - Jan 19, 2013
Will other institutions follow Dartmouth? That’s probably the bigger concern right now for high schools and their constituents, such as students, parents, and AP teachers, not to mention the College Board....
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Jan 24, 2013
Building a Foundation of Counseling Support
Did you ever feel like your boss just didn’t understand what your job is all about? When it comes to education, a new survey shows you’re not alone..... More

Consultants help navigate college ‘maze’
Highlandpark Suntimes - Jan 22, 2013
(HIGHLAND PARK — Amy Herzog started looking for a college consultant when her son was only a freshman, having heard stories about long waiting lists in the Highland Park area. ...
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Why not to cheat in asking for financial aid
CBS News MoneyWatch - Jan 22, 2013
(MoneyWatch) Is it OK to cheat on the Free Application for Financial Aid? That's essentially what a mom asked me recently. She's worried that her ex-husband seems to be advocating that the family cheat on the FAFSA to qualify for more financial aid. Read her email and then find out the advice that I gave her....
Part 5: Answers to Your Questions About the Fafsa
New York Times - The Choice  - Jan 18, 2013
Not Seeking Aid, but Filing the Fafsa Q. It seems that we will not be eligible for financial aid based on our income and having only one child in college. In this case, it seems best to not apply for financial aid,....
Part 6: Answers to Your Questions About the Fafsa
New York Times - The Choice  - Jan 22, 2013
Video on Filing the FAFSA
University of California - Jan 22, 2013
Step by Step instryctions on filling out the FAFSA Form. ...
Create This Financial Aid To-Do List for the New Year
US News & World Report - Jan 22, 2013
The beginning of the school year isn't the only time to be concerned about financial aid. The start of a new calendar year offers a perfect time to conduct a full financial aid review. ...
Seniors: Beware of financial aid scams
True Admissions Blog  - Jan 14, 2013
Applying for financial aid can be complicated, and the stakes are high. You may have received offers of help in the mail or see them on the Web and in magazines. Some of these are legitimate...
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Can This Teen Win a Sports Scholarship?
The College Solution Blog - Jan 23, 2013
The Scoop on Athletic Scholarships -- There is no need to approach Goucher College or any other Division III about athletic scholarships. Division III schools, which are primarily private colleges and universities, do not give out athletic scholarships. That, however, should not be a deal breaker.. ...
Scholarship advice from financial-aid professionals
USA Today - Jan 17, 2013
Scholarships rarely find you. But hunting them down and landing them is not impossible, either. With a little preparation and good counsel, even a barely-above-average student can rake in the dough. ...
On College: Apply, apply and apply some more for those scholarships
San Jose Mercury News - Jan 21, 2013
Ahhhh, second semester senior year in high school. This certainly should be a great time in your life, but that does not mean you should get lazy. Other than keeping up your academic energy, this is a fantastic time to start looking for scholarships -- your parents will certainly appreciate it. ...
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Life skills all teens should have before graduating from high school
Washington Post - Jan 22, 2013
Everyone graduates from high school knowing how to read, write and do basic math (hopefully). But to be a self-sufficient adult, those skills are not enough. ...
Bad Advice for Teen Drivers -- From Parents
Fox Business - Jan 22, 2013
Strapping yourself into the passenger seat the first time your teenager takes the wheel is one of the scarier turning points of parenting....

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Montgomery County’s ‘Seven Keys to College Readiness’ will get a makeove
Washington Post - Jan 21, 2013
The Montgomery County Public Schools system is revamping its signature Seven Keys to College Readiness as the district and American educators rethink what students should know and be able to do upon high school graduation. ...
Patrick’s Education Proposal Could Freeze UMass Tuition
WBUR.org - Jan 23, 2013
BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick’s ambitious new spending plan includes hundreds of millions of dollars for a broad array of public education programs, from pre-school through Ph.D ...
Bill would reduce college costs for undocumented youth
Philly.com - Jan 23, 2013
State Senator Lloyd Smucker (R-West Lampeter), has introduced a bill that would allow undocumented immigrant youth who complete high school in Pennsylvania to be eligible for in-state tuition rates at state colleges...
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Teen Dating Violence

One-third of dating teens report violence in their relationships
medicalxpress - Jan 21, 2013
Nearly a third of those dating in middle and high school report abusive relationships, according to a new study from the University of Georgia. The dating violence, which the researchers first measured in sixth grade, is a cycle that increases over time....
Many don't know their relationships are abusive
medicalxpress - Jan 21, 2013
Often people will run into each other and jokingly ask, “Are you stalking me?” But for others stalking is not a joking matter. Being stalked is a serious, scary crime. According to The National Center for Victims of Crime....



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