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Summer Resource Guide - 2013

We are introducing a new section - to connect counselors and parents to a host of enrichment programs available over this upcoming summer. Check it out
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Big Picture

Data Reveal a Rise in College Degrees Among Americans
New York Times  - Jun 12, 2013
WASHINGTON — The number of Americans graduating from college has surged in recent years, sending the share with a college degree to a new high, federal data shows...
The Truth About Affirmative Action Cases and College Admissions
Huffington Post - Jun 11, 2013
Affirmative action in higher education has been a hotly contested issue in courts for decades, and new discussions on the issue have been sparked as the country awaits a Supreme Court decision in Fisher v. University of Texas-Austin any day now...
Can Canada Attract American Students?
Inside Higher Ed - Jun 10, 2013
Alex Usher posted a pithy entry this morning titled 'The Latest Bandwagon – American Students' that is worth a read. In fact, it is a short one so I'm going to reprint the whole thing below, and then reflect back on his discussion of the emerging view that Canadian universities could/should recruit more American undergraduate students ..
Study: Even for drop-outs, college pays
Denver Post - Jun 11, 2013
It sounds like the worst of all worlds—borrowing money for college, then dropping out and facing the debt without a degree....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

How to get a great letter of recommendation
Charlotte Observer  - Jun 10, 2013
While students don’t have control over the content of their letters of recommendation, they have more power than they realize. There are many things a student can do to improve the likelihood that a teacher will write a strong recommendation that will impress the admissions office...
The Highest Paying Jobs By College Major 2013
GoLocalProv College  - Jun 10, 2013
Show me the money! Students and parents alike are paralyzed with fear regarding the availability of decent paying jobs for recent college graduates. Each year, the National Association of Colleges and Employers surveys employers and ranks the highest paying jobs by college major...
Tip Sheet: Determining College Fit and Value
New York Times - The Choice  - Jun 12, 2013
The college search is about finding a place that is right for you, one that is going to best prepare you for a rewarding life and successful career when your college years are over...
Colleges Versus Universities: The Pros and Cons of Each & What It’s Like to Go There
Her Campus  - Jun 10, 2013
You’ve no doubt considered a ton of different factors when thinking about where to visit and apply for colleges. One thing a lot of us miss, however, is to think about the difference between a college and a university. ...
Writing College Application Essays on Summer Vacay? Yes.
Huffington Post  - Jun 11, 2013
Summer vacation isn't what it used to be, or what it should be: A time to kick back, recharge the internal batteries that keep us going for the rest of the year, daydream while canoeing across a pristine lake, and imagine the edges of the universe while staring up at the star-strewn night sky. ...
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Pre Frosh

7 Things Graduating Seniors Should Know About College
New York Times - The Choice  - Jun 12, 2013
Here are some things incoming students should know about college: You Have Control Over Your Courses You do not have to confine yourself to the standard program — a set of preselected courses that are designed to help incoming students fulfill general education requirements...
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Gap year

Taking a Gap Year Before College: 3 Collegiette Success Stories
Her Campus  - Jun 12, 2013
Does it seem like all your friends have big college plans except for you? Are you unsure about what you want to do after high school? Maybe you know what you want to do, but it doesn’t necessarily involve college right away. Well, you’re not alone!...
Get In-State Tuition at Out-of-State Colleges
US News & World Report  - Jun 10, 2013
Taking a gap year to establish residency in a state can save students thousands of dollars on tuition....
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The College Board drops the ball
DC College Admissions Examiner - Jun 10, 2013
The College Board recently published exam dates for 2013-14. And groans from those of us working with college-bound high school students could be heard from coast to coast....
4 things worth knowing about the SAT critical reading section
Chicago SAT Prep Examiner - Jun 10, 2013
With the beginning of summer and the end of the school year very nearly upon us, now is the perfect time to begin thinking about preparing for next year’s SAT. ...
Going With First Instinct Not Always Best Test Strategy, Research Finds
Ed Week - Jun 7, 2013
On multiple-choice tests, going with your initial gut reaction may not always be the best advice. New research out from Educational Testing Service shows that test takers increased their scores ...

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On College: Educate yourself about financial aid
San Jose Mercury News - Jun 10, 2013
The rising cost of college weighs heavily on the minds of parents who are getting ready to start the college admissions process with their child. And there is conflicting information out there that can overwhelm anybody. Everyone has heard the adage that "everyone can get financial aid." ...
Federal student aid fraud growing rapidly
CBS News MoneyWatch - Jun 10, 2013
(MoneyWatch) Student financial aid fraud is a "rapidly growing problem," according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Inspector General. ...
New College Aid Formula Is Out, Penalizes Savers Additional 25%
Forbes - Jun 11, 2013
The 2014-2015 update to the federal college aid formula (Federal Need Analysis Methodology) has been announced, and like last year’s update, it penalizes parents that save – even more ...
Readers Weigh In on College Costs
Wall Street Journal - Jun 8, 2013
My Juggle column last month about the cost of college elicited a huge response from readers—many with great advice on financial aid, who should pay for college, and whether to narrow a kid's college applications based on anticipated cost. ...
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Jun 13, 2013
A Message to This Year's High School Seniors
This is the third year in a row I received no invitations to speak at a graduation ceremony—e-mail is so undependable-- so I’ll continue the tradition of addressing all of you from here, as you say goodbye to life as a high school student.... More

The role of career and school counselors in workforce initiatives
InTech - Jun 3, 2013
Career and school counselors play a critical role in the success of workforce and education programs, ensuring that labor market needs are met in the most productive and efficient manner. These highly trained professionals usually begin with one-on-one sessions to understand a person’s needs and desires...
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Dropout Prevention

A 'Neglected' Population Gets Another Chance at a Diploma
Ed Week - Jun 6, 2013
Fueled by billions of dollars in government and foundation funding and adopted as a cause célèbre by no less than Bill Gates and Colin and Alma Powell, dropout prevention has been gaining momentum ...
Cash helps turn dropouts into graduates
Cincinnati Enquirer - Jun 9, 2013
A record 71 students graduated May 30 from Dohn Community High School, a charter school in Walnut Hills. School officials said it’s the highest number of graduates ever for this school, which caters to dropouts. It represents 79 percent of the 90-student senior class. Its largest graduating class before this year was 47....
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Tech firms call for mandatory computer classes
Boston Globe - Jun 10, 2013
Executives from Google Inc., Microsoft Corp., and other leading firms want to require all Massachusetts public schools to teach computer science, so local tech companies don’t have to rely on foreign workers to fill future programming and engineering jobs...
Philly schools send out nearly 3,800 pink slips
New Jersey Herald - Jun 7, 2013
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The fallout from the Philadelphia School District's dreaded "doomsday" budget began Friday as officials said they sent out nearly 3,800 pink slips to employees from assistant principals to secretaries...
Missed holidays, longer school years: How N.J.'s schools made up for Sandy
The Star-Ledger  - May 30, 2013
TRENTON — More than 40 percent of New Jersey's school kids saw traditional holidays, such as Martin Luther King Day or President's Day, cancelled this year....
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Summer Jobs

Wanted (sorta): Summer jobs for teens
USA Today - Jun 10, 2013
While the overall job market is showing improvement, the employment prospects for teens looking for summer work remain unusually bleak, with one in four job-hunting teens idle.....
For Teens, Is Any Job A Good Job?
The Star-Ledger  - Jun 12, 2013
Eight bucks an hour plus tips. Drake Elliot says it’s not so bad to be a pizza delivery driver. Especially since the job comes with perks.....


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