Western Edition | Southern Edition | MidWest Edition | Archive | Sponsoring |      March 7, 2013
About HS CounselorWeek - weekly email
This weekly email searches main media outlets finding stories that may be of interest to high school counselors, college admission officers and related organizations, with links to the original stories. It is published by de facto, inc., publishers of other e-newsletters.

HS Counselor Week can be added to your school's or PTO's web site for free. It's a great way to keep parents and students up-to-date. Just email us if you're interested. Thanks. -

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
NE Summer Resource Guide

Back to top of newsletter

College Big Picture

College Roulette: Ask for Financial Aid, or Not?
CNBC  - Mar 4, 2013
The decision by Grinnell College to continue — for now — to admit students regardless of their ability to pay raises a question that more and more parents are asking: how much does your financial situation matter in getting your children into college?....
Public college tuition spiked 8.3% last year
CNN  - Mar 6, 2013
Tuition at public colleges and universities spiked to record levels last year, according to a new report. Average tuition costs - the amount students paid in tuition and fees after state and institutional aid was taken into account -- rose by 8.3%...
College aid cuts will send parents and students scrounging
Reuters  - Mar 2, 2013
College students dependent on work-study programs and federal grants will have a hard time making up for reduced funding in the new school year as federal budget cuts take hold....
Back to top of newsletter

College Admissions Process/Strategies

To How Many Colleges Should You Apply?
About.com  - Mar 5, 2013
As you decide how many college applications you want to submit, keep a few important questions in mind:...
Juniors: It's time to think about teacher recommendations
True Admissions Blog  - Mar 5, 2013
Many colleges require letters of recommendation from the people who know students best in an academic setting -- your high school counselor and teachers. ...
March College Checklist for Juniors
New York Times - The Choice - Feb 14, 2013
This is the part of your college search that does not have a lot of specific deadlines. It does, however, have a lot of things you need to do to stay on track and set yourself up for the best experience. ....
A zen guide for choosing college
TBO.com - Mar 3, 2013
This is the part of your college search that does not have a lot of specific deadlines. It does, however, have a lot of things you need to do to stay on track and set yourself up for the best experience. ....
Back to top of newsletter

Waiting & Deciding

5 Ways To Survive College Decision Season
GoLocalProv  - Mar 4, 2013
March decision season is about to commence for seniors. Each day, students will stalk the mailman, check their in-boxes a dozen times and log into admissions portals hoping for answers. The result is stress, drama and in some cases, jealousy....
March College Checklist for Seniors
New York Time - The Choice  - Mar 1, 2013
This is the month you’ve been waiting for. Most admission decisions will be released by the end of March, leaving all of April for you to make your choice....
It seems that all the friends I got just got to come interrogate me...
True Admissions Blog  - Feb 28, 2013
Calling all parents, aunts, cousins, grandfathers, unrelated alumni and well-meaning -- or not -- neighbors… Tis the season when college admission decisions are about to arrive!...
Things To Do & Ask Once Admitted to College
LA College Admissions Examiner  - Mar 4, 2013
Many of you may have conducted campus visits prior to being accepted and may have participated in campus tours and spent some time on campus. Now that you are accepted students you may choose to visit again or for the first time before making your decision. Once accepted....
Back to top of newsletter

Campus Visits/Interview

Making the most of your campus visits
Charlotte Observer  - Mar 5, 2013
Last week I may have guilted a few people into changing their vacation plans. They will now be visiting college campuses over spring break instead of basking on the beach. I’m okay with that!....
Top 10 nonacademic reasons why parents and students visit colleges: Part 1
Long Island College Prep Examiner  - Mar 5, 2013
Counselors and colleges urge prospective students to schedule college visits as part of college prep to help them form a college list. Although both students and parents want to find the best educational fit, there are key nonacademic factors that can drop a college off the list.....
Back to top of newsletter


Getting In Without the SAT
New York Time - The Choice  - Mar 1, 2013
For all the gripes some people have with the SAT and ACT as gauges of aptitude, the tests are certainly standardizing forces in one regard: taking them has become a shared moment of anxiety — a rite of passage, in its way — for students wishing to go to a United States college or university....
Superscoring the ACT
The College Solution Blog  - Mar 1, 2013
If your child plans to take the ACT test, you should know about ACT superscoring. To understand what superscoring is, here’s some background:...
SAT Is Getting a Redesign
New York Time - The Choice  - Feb 28, 2013
The College Board is planning to redesign the SAT, less than a decade since its last revision, which introduced a writing section, eliminated analogies and raised the value of a perfect score......
More views on College Board’s SAT rewrite
Washington Post  - Feb 28, 2013
Two rival college admissions tests have almost evenly split the national market. In the fall, my colleague Valerie Strauss of The Answer Sheet reported that the ACT had nosed past the long-dominant SAT for the first time in the number of test-takers.....
Why the Instructions are the Most Important Part of an SAT Subject Test
VOA  - Feb 28, 2013
After spending months preparing for the SAT and the TOEFL, I found preparing for the SAT Subject Tests much easier. I was already, you might say, prepared for preparing for tests. Still, there was something that I was not prepared for – waiting for two whole months to receive my scores....
Back to top of newsletter


HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Mar 7, 2013
The Newsletter you Need to Send to your Juniors, Now
School counselors across the land have been caught off guard with a handful of colleges sending some admissions decisions ... More

Guidance Counselors react to USA Today report that some colleges say grades don't matter
CnyCentral  - Feb 18, 2013
SYRACUSE -- A USA Today report says that some of the nation's most selective colleges say they barely look at an applicant's GPA, instead evaluating a student's course load difficulty and extra-curricular activities....

Kaarme Banner Ad
Back to top of newsletter


How to optimize college aid applications [Video]
MNN  - Mar 6, 2013
Do you have a child heading off to college in the fall? If so, this video from Forbes’ William Baldwin is an absolute must-watch. Baldwin discusses how you, as a parent, can optimize your child’s college aid applications...
Sequestration complicates college aid notices
USA Today  - Mar 6, 2013
Colleges play a guessing game every spring when they tell prospective students how much financial aid is available to them. So the federal spending cuts that began with last Friday's sequestration are complicating...
Paying for College: How the Financial Aid Formulas Work
Forbes  - Feb 28, 2013
Sticker price for a year at an average private college: $43,000. Average drive-away price: $28,000. In academia, discounts are the rule, not the exception...
Fixing Financial Aid
The Chronicle of Higher Ed - Mar 3, 2013
In 1972, Clark Kerr was, once again, helping shape the future of American higher education. He was 61 years old, and his greatest works lay behind him. The California Master Plan for Higher Education, which he helped broker in 1960, would become the model for organizing public colleges and universities...
Back to top of newsletter


5 Ways to Help Fund Your Child's College Education
Kiplinger Personal Finance  - Mar 4, 2013
For parents in search of ways to pay for their kid's college education, here are some alternatives to taking out more student loans.
Home Equity to Finance Son's College Cost?
Fox Business  - Mar 4, 2013
Dear Paul, Using the equity in your home to pay for your child's college expenses can make financial sense. In most cases, the mortgage interest will be tax deductible. Given today's low interest rates, that should cost substantially less than the rate charged for student loans.
Back to top of newsletter

Vocational Education

Career Technical Education Linked to Boys' High School Survival
Ed Week  - Mar 5, 2013
Making the case for career technical education, researcher James Stone III presented findings today that show enrollment in CTE is a strong predictor of staying in high school—especially for boys.....
The high-tech return of high school shop class
CNN  - Feb 28, 2013
But long gone are the days of shop class, or even "vocational training," said Stephen DeWitt, the senior director of public policy for the Association for Career and Technical Education.....
Back to top of newsletter


Graduation rates low nationwide; SUNY bucks trend
Oswegonian  - Feb 28, 2013
A recent report released by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation found that 46 percent of American college students do not graduate within six years of enrollment.....
College students rally at State House for more financial aid
Boston Globe  - Mar 5, 2013
Hundreds of Massachusetts college students, many of them saddled with debt, flooded lawmakers’ offices at the State House on Tuesday to lobby for an increase in financial aid funding......
PA’s community colleges asking for state to be bold in budget funding
phillyBurbs.com  - Mar 5, 2013
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s universities are promising to hold the line on tuition hikes in exchange for level funding from the state. Community colleges, on the other hand, are asking for more money so they don’t have to increase tuition......
Back to top of newsletter


When bullying goes high-tech
CNN.com  - Feb 27, 2013
(CNN) -- Brandon Turley didn't have friends in sixth grade. He would often eat alone at lunch, having recently switched to his school without knowing anyone....
Ten Things You Missed at the Harvard Forum on Bullying
Boston Magazine  - Mar 6, 2013
On Monday evening Emily Bazelon, author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy, spoke to a packed auditorium at the Harvard School of Education. Here’s what you missed:....


Big Pic
Voc Ed


Dedham Savings

To view pages in PDF format, you need Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Click the icon for a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader:
Get Adobe Acrobat Reader

(Acrobat and the Acrobat logo are trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated)

About This E-Mail
You received this newsletter because you registered your name and email address requesting HSCounselorWeek, or because you are a member of a cooperating organization. To unsubscribe, change delivery options or your e-mail address, see http://www.HSCounselorWeek.com.  

Suggestions and feedback are welcome at suggestions@hscounselorweek.com.

How to Advertise
For information on advertising in e-mail newsletters or other advertising opportunities with HS CounselorWeek, contact sales@hscounselorweek.com or visit our sponsoring page.

Send all correspondences to de facto, inc. PO Box 602 Bedford MA 01730 . Neither the US Government nor any agency, nor de facto, inc, nor any of the contractors, subcontractors, advertisers, or employees makes any warranty, expressed or implied including any warranty of completeness, or merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, nor assumes any legal liability or responsibility for any party's use or the result of such contents of the newsletter. In no event will de facto's liability, if any, exceed the value of the weekly charge for the information provided giving rise to such liability.

Copyright 2005 - 2013 de facto, inc. other newsletters by de facto www.fenceweek.com