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College Big Picture

New pressure on colleges to disclose grads’ earnings
Hechinger Report  - Jan 16, 2013
Joyce English was about to start studying toward an associate degree she hoped would lead to a job as a consultant to healthcare companies around Tacoma, Wash., where she lives.. .
Removing the Merit Scholarships
Washington Monthly  - Jan 16, 2013
Administrators from America’s private colleges are considering a plan to stop issuing merit scholarships, and distribute financial aid based solely on demonstrated financial need...
Colleges In Crisis As Enrollment Dips - Here and Now - Jan 15, 2013
Enrollment at more than 40 percent of private colleges and universities declined last year, forcing the institutions to offer steep tuition discounts to fill seats. Even with that, colleges began the academic year with a record number of spots still available, according to the non-partisan, non-profit education news organization, The Hechinger Report....
High School Graduation Rate Moves Up
Wall Street Journal  - Jan 15, 2013
America’s high school graduation rate, which stagnated for the last three decades of the 20th century, is now climbing, according to a new, comprehensive look at the key education gauge by Harvard University economist Richard Murnane...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Avoid 4 Common Pitfalls While Searching for Colleges
US News & World Report News - Jan 15, 2013
After spending months searching for colleges, our family became very well-versed on what works, and what doesn't, when trying to find that perfect school. Here are some of the pitfalls we fell into, but you can avoid.....
Top 10 College Application Mistakes
CBS8 San Diego - Jan 14, 2013
Misspellings and grammatical errors – This is a big pet peeve of admissions people. If you misspell on something as important as the application, it shows that either you don't care or you aren't good at spelling....
Winter checklist for high school juniors
Charlotte Observer - Jan 15, 2013
While most seniors are happily done with their part of the college admissions process, now it’s time for juniors to get engaged. Here’s what high school juniors and their families should be thinking about and doing over the next few months....
"If you could go back, what would you do differently in high school?" - College Interview Tips - Jan 12, 2013
Your college interviewer is going to want you to talk about your high school experiences. One way to get this type of conversation rolling is to ask you what you would do differently in high school if you could go back in time.....
High School Junior January-June Admission To-Do's
Huffington Post - Jan 14, 2013
Do you wonder what all the buzz around junior year is about? Well, truth is that college admissions officers seem most interested in that year. This is the time to shine!...
Beyond the SATs
Washington Monthly  - Jan 16, 2013
Apparently under the impression that existing tests students use for admittance to universities is not enough to fully predict their success, American colleges are now trying to develop measures of “noncognitive” ability....
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A new topic for your college admissions essay: Money
MarketPlace  - Jan 4, 2013
College admissions officers say that more high school seniors than usual are writing their college essays about money issues. Applicants are tackling everything from foreclosures to parents getting laid off and how money fits into the happiness equation. ... .
College essays say a lot about society
Frenso Bee  - Jan 5, 2013
At the University of Michigan, one application essay talked about how local education cutbacks forced high school students to pay money to play team sports. As a result, the writer could no longer afford to play. ... .

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Jan 17, 2013
The Column to Pass Along to Your Principal
It’s time to plan ahead to honor a profession that excels in being flexible and going with the flow. National School Counselor Week is slated for February 4-8;.... More

School counselors' roles are vital in preventing violence
Orlando Sentinel - Jan 17, 2013
In his response to the tragic mass shooting of 26 elementary schoolchildren and staff members in Newtown, Conn., President Obama captured the sentiments of our country by stating, "Our hearts are broken," and that "we have been through this too many times.".. .
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SATs & ACTs/AP Tests

One simple trick for improving ACT or SAT test scores
DC College Admissions Examiner - Jan 15, 2013
For most high school juniors, standardized test season is about to take off. Although a few eager beavers already tested the waters by taking tests in November or December, the vast majority of college-bound juniors will be signing up for test dates between now and June....
Juniors: Taking the ACT or SAT? Practice, practice, practice...
True Admissions Blog - Jan 15, 2013
The winter testing dates for the ACT and SAT are coming up soon: the SAT will be administered on January 26th and the ACT on February 9th. For many students, practice can improve scores. ...
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Part 1: Answers to Your Questions About the Fafsa
New York Times - The Choice  - Jan 14, 2013
Now that most college applications are in, it is time for those student applicants (and their parents) to submit what may be the most vital piece of their financial aid plans: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or Fafsa....
Part 2: Answers to Your Questions About the Fafsa
New York Times - The Choice  - Jan 15, 2013
Part 3: Answers to Your Questions About the Fafsa
New York Times - The Choice  - Jan 16, 2013
Part 4: Answers to Your Questions About the Fafsa
New York Times - The Choice  - Jan 17, 2013
Prepare for Financial Aid Changes in 2013
US News & World Report  - Jan 14, 2013
The new year is only a few weeks old, but there are already reasons for college students to pay attention to the financial aid landscape for 2013...
Answering a Dad’s Financial Aid Question
The College Solution Blog  - Jan 14, 2013
Today I’m answering a question from a father, who is puzzled by the Expected Family Contribution figure he generated when using an EFC calculator. I think my answer to him will be helpful for just about anybody who will eventually be filing for financial aid.. .
Avoid these 8 financial aid mistakes
CBS News MoneyWatch  - Jan 15, 2013
(MoneyWatch) This is the time of year when millions of parents and students are grappling with financial aid forms. It's also the time of year when many families make financial aid mistakes. .. .
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College planning 101: A guide for students and their parents
Parenting Issues Examiner - Jan 14, 2013
If you are the parent of a high school junior or senior, college may be just around the corner for your student. Planning ahead will make the process easier for you and your child.....
Ruining Our Children: The Scourge of College Admissions
Huffington Post  - Jan 15, 2013
Sometimes love is far worse than indifference. Parental love powers the frenzy over college admissions, but in the process it distorts every ideal of higher education while it robs adolescents of dignity and even of selfhood... .
Clarity and Confusion From Tuition Calculators
New York Times  - Jan 16, 2013
The annual ritual of college admissions has shifted from the season of applying to the season of waiting. While that means an anxious vigil for millions of teenagers like Zachary Ewell, it goes double for their parents. ... .
Parents' Financial Help Linked to Lower College GPAs, Higher Graduation Rates
ScienceDaily  - Jan 15, 2013
College students who aren't studying hard may have their parents' financial support to blame. A new study by University of California, Merced, sociology professor Laura T. Hamilton found that students' GPAs decreased with increased financial support from their parents.. .
Want Your Kids to Succeed? Don't Pay For Their Education
Forbes  - Jan 16, 2013
A new national study has found that the more money parents pay for their kids’ college educations, the worse their kids tend to perform, at least when it comes to grades. According to “More Is More or More is Less?.. .
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College Kid's Amazing, Plucky Cover Letter For Wall Street Internship Goes Viral - Jan 16, 2013
Unbelievably, it is time to plan for summer. For working parents, summer presents a logistical challenge, and often a significant expense. ...

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Mercury News editorial: Time for state to transform college system
Mercury News - Jan 15, 2013
The online education program San Jose State University announced Tuesday, with the help of Gov. Jerry Brown, is small -- just three classes of 100 students each. But it is a big step toward a new future for higher education that Brown introduced in last week's budget proposal.. ....
How California’s Online Education Pilot Will End College As We Know It - Jan 15, 2013
Today, the largest university system in the world, the California State University system, announced a pilot for $150 lower-division online courses at one of its campuses — a move that spells the end of higher education as we know it. ....
Arizona lawmakers urged to embrace new school standards - Jan 15, 2013
PHOENIX - Business leaders told a joint meeting of the Arizona House committees Wednesday that they need the state to embrace new school standards designed to produce students who are ready for the workplace or college if their businesses are to thrive.....
High school graduation rate on the rise in Montana
KBZK - Jan 16, 2013
HELENA - Montana's high school graduation rate continues to improve, as the number of students dropping out of school is on the decline......
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Teen Dating

Education helps in reducing teen dating violence, says Aime Hutton
Beacon News - Jan 11, 2013
Education and awareness is the key, especially among younger generation, to prevent violence against teen girls, said noted author Aime Hutton....
Children's study reveals Internet behavior of teenage girls - Jan 14, 2013
Nearly one-third of teenage girls have met people they first encountered or “met” on the Internet, a new study from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center shows. ...



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