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College Big Picture

Topping College Graduate Rates, Is It Worth It?
NPR.org - Jan 29, 2013
President Obama wants the nation to produce 8 million more college graduates by the year 2020. But can it be done, and how much would it cost?....
How Spending More on Academics Can Actually Hurt College Enrollment
TIME - Jan 31, 2013
You’ve probably heard of college described as little more than a “party,” or perhaps as a “country club” where the emphasis is on socializing and top-notch campus amenities, not studying and a top-notch academic environment....
More freshmen than ever say they go to college to get better jobs, make more money
Phsy.org - Jan 24, 2013
The current economic situation in the United States has a major influence on first-year students' decisions about which college to attend and is reflected in their reasons for pursuing higher education, according to the CIRP Freshman Survey, UCLA's annual survey of the nation's entering students at four-year colleges and universities.....
What Do College Students Really Want?
Washington Monthly - Jan 29, 2013
When an economist observes your choice set, and can describe how the choices differ and when she sees which choice you actually make, through basic revealed preference logic we learn about your priorities and goals. ....
Pressure builds for schools to help grads get jobs
USA Today - Jan 28, 2013
Students, parents demanding pricey universities do more to help grads in a tough job market. Courtney Flynn spends a lot of her time in a bright, bustling office suite that looks like something out of the Fortune 500,.....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

"Tell Me About Yourself" - A Simple Interview Question?
About.com  - Jan 28, 2013
Your college interviewer wants to have a pleasant and meaningful conversation with you, so she or he is going to ask you some softball questions to get the dialogue rolling. One of the most common?--"Tell me about yourself." This question is not one that should raise your blood pressure.....
College Admission Tips to Learn From the Super Bowl
Huffington Post  - Jan 29, 2013
As Super Bowl XLVII approaches, it's the perfect time to consider some strategies from the NFL playbook that might help turn the college-bound journey into a positive one...
Juniors: Do You Have Your Preliminary List of Colleges?
True Admissions Blog  - Jan 29, 2013
You should be actively working on your preliminary list of colleges -- the fifteen to twenty schools that have caught your eye as you have begun your research. Remember the goal is to create a list of schools that will provide you with good choices in your senior year..
The College Search for Students with Asperger's
True Admissions Blog  - Jan 22, 2013
College-bound students with Asperger's syndrome face special challenges. Educational psychologist Jane McClure joins us this month to discuss those challenges and how they can be met successfully. Read on for her advice about college visits, easing the transition from high school for such students and more:...
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Campus Visits

College Admissions: 5 Must-Knows About College Visits
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Jan 29, 2013
With February and spring vacations looming, families are flooding college campuses for tours and information sessions. If you have a sophomore or junior in high school, now is the time to visit!....
Spend time planning, visiting schools this spring | On College
Mercer Island Reporter  - Jan 23, 2013
Q: I want to know, how many schools should I visit over winter or spring break? It is that time of year when families are planning trips with their juniors to see colleges....
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Tip Sheet: 5 Study Strategies for the SAT
New York Times - The Choice - Jan 31, 2013
The SAT is a significant exam for many college-bound high school students, but it doesn’t have to be a source of significant stress. As the French scientist Louis Pasteur said, “Chance favors the prepared mind.”...
SAT Myths Debunked
U.S. News University - Jan 27, 2013
The SAT is one of the most important tests students will take on their journey to earning an associate's or bachelor's degree, and therefore should be taken very seriously. However, many high schoolers feel anxious about the exam, falling victim to many of the rumors surrounding it. ...
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Jan 30, 2013
Want Better Counseling? Talk About Fit
One of the key components of good college counseling is being overlooked by students, parents, the media, and even by some counselors. It’s the concept of “fit”, or the idea that students will be more successful at some colleges because the campus just feels right to them.... More

School Counselors Say Support Is Critical To Student Success, Jobs
Long Beach Business Journal - Jan 28, 2013
- It’s been said those who fail to plan, plan to fail. That may be harsh, but research has shown students with a clear educational path and career goal are more likely to complete their education than those who are undecided. ...
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HSCW Contributors Blog
Post - Jan 30, 2013
FAFSA. Five letters that change lives for millions of students across the country
This year’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is here. Because government grants compose 74 percent of the $185 billion financial aid pool, it’s no surprise that FAFSA is a source of stress for students and their families...... More

How to correct FAFSA mistakes
CBS News MoneyWatch - Jan 25, 2013
What happens if you make a mistake on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid? It's an excellent question since many families commit errors when completing the FAFSA, ...
10 Tips for Getting the Most Out of College Financial Aid
TIME - Jan 25, 2013
Financing a college education is something that parents of both toddlers and high school seniors have to be concerned about. With the sticker price of the nation’s top private universities now topping $200,000 for four years, financial aid has become a critical component in making higher education a possibility for most families ...
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Are Merit Scholarships Fair?
The College Solution Blog - Jan 26, 2013
I wanted to share this note that I got today from a mother, who wonders about the fairness of merit aid scholarship policies. In my next post, I’ll comment on Rebecca’s note. I’d urge you to share your thoughts on this subject in the comment box below. ...
Four Tips for Finding Scholarships
Huffington Post - Jan 26, 2013
Now that college applications are over, it is time to start looking for a way to pay for my education. That's right, I'm talking about scholarships. There are many types of scholarships, from the merit-based ones that come directly from colleges, to local or nationwide scholarships ...
High school juniors and the NCAA
SF College Admissions Examiner - Jan 26, 2013
As high school juniors begin to prepare for college admissions, prospective student athletes face their own unique pathway. They have to negotiate the complex world of recruiting regulations, rendered even more confusing by the fact that the NCAA is currently revisiting and revising many of those rules....
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11 Best Colleges For 'B Students': US News & World Report List 2012
Huffington Post  - Jan 27, 2013
If you're looking for a solid college but have less than perfect grades, these schools are great bets, according to U.S. News & World Report.....
How Much Admission Misreporting?
Inside Higher Ed  - Jan 28, 2013
This month, responding to four instances in which colleges admitted to having provided false information for its rankings, U.S. News & World Report published an FAQ on the issue. One of the questions: "Do you believe that there are other schools that have misreported data to U.S. News but have not come forward?" ....
College Rankings: a Guide to Nowhere
Chronicle of Higher Ed  - Jan 28, 2013
This month high-school seniors have been frantically submitting their college applications for the January deadlines. Students aspire for acceptance into a reputable college, yet how do they determine which one is the best for them? ...
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Teen Stress

From pets to 'recess': High school stress relief
Boston.com - Jan 31, 2013
MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. (AP) — The four-legged member of the counseling team at the high school in suburban Chicago waits patiently, as a crush of students fills the hallways. Her tail wags with the first pat on the head, then another and another.....
Tips for Parents to Help Teens De-Stress
US News & World Report - Jan 29, 2013
With school work, sports, and other extracurriculars—not to mention looming college application deadlines—it's easy to see how high school students could feel a little stressed out.....
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Stand out this summer
Charlotte Observer - Jan 29, 2013
It seems crazy to be thinking about summer in January, but now really is the right time to be sifting through and discussing summer opportunities.....
Are Summer Internships for College Students Worth It?
Manchester.Patch - Jan 30, 2013
ust when parents feel they can finally relax after the insomnia-inducing stress of getting their kids into a suitable college to avoid a lifetime of basement dwelling,....

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Private colleges scramble to attract students
Buffalo News - Jan 27, 2013
There are a dozen private colleges within Western New York’s eight counties. Having multiple options is a good thing for prospective students, but not so much for college recruiters who cast their lines in a population pool that continues to shrink....
NH bill would repeal school scholarship program
Boston.com - Jan 29, 2013
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A fledgling New Hampshire program that gives businesses a tax credit for donating to scholarship organizations that send students to private or public schools is under assault on two fronts....
Scholarships available for Maine students
Seacoast Online - Jan 29, 2013
PORTLAND — The Maine Community Foundation offers nearly 450 scholarships that support students pursuing music, journalism, teaching, horticulture, technology, the arts, and many other fields. ....
Graduation rates at Mass. schools rise
Boston Globe - Jan 25, 2013
Graduation rates at public high schools in Massachusetts ­increased for a sixth consecutive year, a sign that educational overhaul is yielding results, state officials announced Wednesday....
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Teens and Adderall

Spike in abuse of stimulants like Adderall, Ritalin nationwide packs ERs with students
Saratogian - Jan 30, 2013
Emergency-room visits for misuse of hyperactivity drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin have more than doubled in five years, with young adult abuse growing even faster, according to a new federal report.....
Double Take: Teen stimulant use shockingly common
Lawrence Journal World - Jan 28, 2013
Dear Dr. Wes and Katie: My son was caught “borrowing” someone else’s Adderall during finals in December. I’m really frustrated with him. He’s claiming that this is not like drug abuse because he’s doing it to help, not hurt himself,....



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