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Big Picture

Is This The End Of The College Boom?
WBUR.org Here & Now  - Sep 5, 2013
The Census Bureau reports that the number of students pursuing college degrees has fallen for the first time since 2006. The greatest decline happened among students age 25 and older...
How Gothic Architecture Took Over the American College Campu
The Atlantic  - Sep 11, 2013
The campus of Yale University, 1921. Midnight. It is perhaps the most important job of your career. You, a successful architect, have been selected by a rich donor to build a new tower here, on your alma mater’s campus, at Yale...
The Most (And Least) Lucrative College Majors, In 1 Graph
NPR.org  - Sep 10, 2013
Erin Ford graduated from the University of Texas two years ago with a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering. Recruiters came to campus to woo her. She got a paid summer internship, which turned into a full-time job after she graduated. Now, at age 24, she makes $110,000 a year.....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Avoid These Big College Application Mistakes
US News & World Report  - Sep 11, 2013
Colleges are sure to find your international baccalaureate degree impressive – but not if you call it an "international bachelorette" on your application. That's a spell-check-induced gaffe cited by deans of admission at more than a couple schools. ....
College Admissions: 5 Majors You Need to Choose Before You Apply
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Sep 9, 2013
While many students will apply to colleges with a major designation of “undecided”, there are pitfalls to doing that. In larger universities, it can be VERY difficult to switch from the colleges of arts and sciences into the business or engineering college....
Beware of the College Red Carpet
The College Solution Blog - Sep 6, 2013
I received an email yesterday from a friend of mine whose son is a brilliant high school senior. She wanted to know what they should think about invitations her son has received to apply to colleges through VIP or priority applications.....
Unrigging the Admissions System
Slate - Sep 5, 2013
With the new school year comes the frenzy of another admissions season, as students rabidly compete to get into the nation’s top schools. As the admissions dean at Yale Law School, I love getting the dirt on how much money people spend to game the system. ....
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Understanding college application deadline options
Spokane College Examiner  - Sep 6, 2013
As high school seniors begin their college applications for fall 2014 admission, there are sure to be many confusing aspects in the process. One that seems like it should be straightforward – application due dates – can add to the confusion with the number of choices available.....
3 Reasons to Apply Early Action to College
US News & World Report  - Sep 6, 2013
As students enter senior year of high school and meet the pressures and anxiety that come along with applying to college, one question that must be considered is whether to apply to a college early. The most common way to apply to a college early is through early decision....
Creating an Admissions Strategy: The Importance of Timing College Applications
Fox Business  - Sep 11, 2013
Strong grades, test scores and quality essays are essential for impressing college admissions officers, but experts say the timing of application submissions can also play a role in whether an acceptance letter comes in the mail.....
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Common App

Our New Guide to the Application Form, Including Changes to the Common App
True Admissions Blog  - Sep 4, 2013
It's here -- our completely revised and updated guide, The Application Form, a real-time digital supplement to College Admission: From Application to Acceptance, Step by Step.....
Uncommon requests from Common Application member colleges
DC College Admissions Examiner - Sep 11, 2013
One of the more curious aspects of the new Common Application is the extent to which member colleges and universities have been allowed to individualize their applications by tailoring questions on their member pages and creating unique prompts within their writing supplements.....
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Who wants to talk about their failures?
Charlotte Observer - Sep 9, 2013
Who wants to talk about their failures? Most students approach the Common Application Prompt No. 2, also known as “The Edison Prompt,” with fear and trepidation. It says: “Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure....
Common Application Essay Option #5 — A Meaningful Accomplishment or Event
About.com - Sep 8, 2013
The fifth essay option on the new Common Application reads as follows: Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family....

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The Case Against the SAT
US News & World Report - Sep 6, 2013
The debate over the use of standardized test scores in college admissions is not new. Opponents condemn the practice as biased; proponents tout it as a critical indicator of future academic success. But few live the experience from both sides.....
ACT Profile Aims to Help Students Find Career and College Direction
EdWeek - Sep 9, 2013
ACT Inc. launched a new interactive website today to help high school students explore possible career paths and college options that are a good match with their individual strengths, interests, and values.....
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Rankings and Reactions

Best College Rankings and Lists
US News & World Report - Sep 10, 2013
Use our exclusive rankings to find the best college for you. The US News search tool will help you narrow your search to find the perfect college. ...
Why U.S. News' college rankings hurt students
CBS News MoneyWatch - Sep 10, 2013
(MoneyWatch) U.S. News & World Report released its college rankings at midnight and, as usual, there was no suspense in which university was crowned No. 1. ...
Why U.S. News college rankings shouldn’t matter to anyone
Washington Post - Sep 10, 2013
Another year, another set of college rankings from U.S. News & World Report, another opportunity to explore what value the most closely watched “best school” lists actually offer to students and families. Not much, if any. ...
Breaking Down the 2014 US News Rankings
Washington Monthly - Sep 11, 2013
Yesterday was a red-letter day for many people in the higher education community—the release of the annual college rankings from U.S. News and World Report. While many people love to hate the rankings for an array of reasons (from the perceived focus on prestige to a general dislike of accountability in some sectors) ...
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Rescue Lunches and Parents' Role in the College Admission Process
True Admissions Blog  - Sep 4, 2013
On my daily path between office and mail room, I always notice a long line of lunch bags, Sharpie-labeled with students’ names and often sporting the logo of one of the popular local delis. I walk past the lunch-bag display, conquering the urge to snitch a bag and munch on the potato chips therein,....
Parental Warning: U.S. News & World Report Releases Best Colleges Rankings
Huffington Post - Sep 11, 2013
Like every year, as summer wraps and college-bound parental panic begins to surge, U.S. News and World Report shares its rankings of Best Colleges. While one can appreciate the painstaking data collection and the voluminous amount of information packed into one document....
Should You Bring Mom and Dad to Your Job Interview?
Wall Street Journal - Sep 10, 2013
Paul From was used to meeting the spouses and children of employees at company events. As chief executive of Central Wire Industries, a manufacturing firm based in Perth, Ontario, he has long held regular baseball games to get to know his employees better....
Shouting at Your Teenagers Only Foments Rebellion
EdWeek - Sep 11, 2013
Yelling is the most common solution to many problems. Stuck in traffic? Try yelling. TV on the fritz? Give it what-for. ...
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Sep 11, 2013
All Hail the College Road Warriors
We’ve talked about the dos and don’ts of college road trips—basically, anything done by Raven and John Belushi is out, and never do something that would make your mother want to shout. Another kind of road trip happens when college admissions officers visit your high school... More

Who are school counselors?
Lodi News - Sep 7, 2013
School counselors, referred to as “guidance counselors” in the past, help every student improve academic achievement, personal and social development and career planning.....
‘Who is going to help me?’ In Philly schools, life without counselors
MSNBC - Sep 6, 2013
According to the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, no school with fewer than 600 students will be assigned a counselor. Only one counselor will be assigned to a school with 600 or more students. And only those schools with more than 1,500 students will receive more than one counselor....

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College Scholarship Resources for Autistic Students
Grand Rapids Community Colleges Examiner - Sep 9, 2013
Parents of autistic students are often frustrated by the lack of resources available when it comes to helping their children find scholarships and grants for college. College scholarships for autistic students are out there, however....
Negotiate the Best Possible Financial Aid Deal
US News & World Report - Sep 10, 2013
The recession and sputtering economy made it harder for families to pay for college even as they have hurt college endowments. On March 1, the Department of Education warned that the across-the-board budget cuts known as "sequestration" would hit federal financial aid programs hard. ...
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Vocational Education

Vocational schools fight stigmas of the past
Marysville Journal Tribune - Sep 11, 2013
In the 1970s, Kim Wilson was a “vocational” student. She took a vocational business program to gain skills and work her way through school. “I had to overcome the skepticism of my school counselors and my own parents about taking a ‘vocational’ program,” said Wilson...
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The Student Debt Problem and College Costs in New Hampshire
New Hampshire Magazine  - Sep 4, 2013
As members of the Class of 2017 begin their journey through Delaware’s public high schools, it’s time to look at some cold, hard stats. Yes, these numbers, compiled for the state Department of Education by the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University are both cold and hard..
In Maine, state university enrollment falls
New Hampshire Magazine  - Sep 11, 2013
PORTLAND – A challenging economy and the state's declining number of high school graduates are two strikes against the University of Maine System, whose preliminary fall enrollment is off by almost 3 percent from a year ago...
N.J. poll finds 45 percent believe in value of college education
Newsworks.org  - Sep 11, 2013
The latest Fairleigh Dickinson PublicMind poll finds New Jersey residents are divided on whether getting a college degree is worth the investment...
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Teen Dating Abuse

Parents often in the dark when it comes to dating abuse
Hays Daily News  - Sep 9, 2013
This is the ninth in a series of articles about abuse and violence in teen dating and romantic relationships...
LGBT youth face higher rate of dating abuse
press release from The Urban Institute  - Sep 6, 2013
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender teenagers are at much greater risk of dating abuse than their heterosexual counterparts, with transgender teens especially vulnerable to victimization, an Urban Institute report shows....
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