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Big Picture

Colleges slash tuition to avoid sticker shock
USA Today - Sep 18, 2013
Worried about scaring away cost-conscious students, some small private colleges are "resetting" tuition levels. Others worry that families judge price as a mark of quality.....
Getting a Clearer Picture of College Costs
New York Times - Economix Blog - Sep 18, 2013
For high-achieving, low-income students, some of the cheapest places to attend college are the ones with the highest list prices. Thanks to their endowments, these elite colleges often award large scholarships to poor and even many middle-class students....
How to Make School Better for Boys
The Atlantic - Sep 13, 2013
I recently appeared on MSNBC’s The Cycle to discuss the new edition of my book The War Against Boys. The four hosts were having none of it. A war on boys? They countered with the wage gap and the prominence of men across the professions......
Feeling the Heat: The 2013 Survey of College and University Admissions Directors
Inside Higher Ed - Sep 18, 2013
Filling a class is the job of admissions, and the 2013 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Admissions Directors shows just how hard that job has become.....
Did I Really Go to Harvard if I Got My Degree Taking Online Classes?
The Atlantic - Sep 16, 2013
At extension schools, it's possible to get an Ivy-League education at a fraction of the price, with lower admissions standards. ....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

The Pre-Collegiette's Month-By-Month Guide To College Applications
Huffington Post - Sep 13, 2013
Senior year: the last hoorah, the final stretch, the most stressful time of high school? With college applications taking over your life, the first few months of senior year might seem overwhelming and daunting....
The 7 Worst College Application Clichés & How to Avoid Them
Her Campus - Sep 17, 2013
Now that senior year is underway, only one thing stands between you and your totally awesome collegiette years: college applications. Sure, they may seem scary (Writing about yourself? Easier said than done.), ....
College Admissions: 4 Tips For Overcoming ‘College Phobia’
Charlotte Observer - Sep 16, 2013
While many students around the country are busily completing their early action and early decision applications, some seniors are caught in a state of inertia. Like a deer in the headlights, they refuse to visit campuses, file applications or take the steps necessary to garner acceptances....
Narrow Your College Application List With Lifestyle, Career Goals
US News & World Report - Sep 16, 2013
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are about 7,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. How can you choose even a short list of possibilities from among all those opportunities?...
5 tips for acing college applications
CBSNews MoneyWatch - Sep 13, 2013
(MoneyWatch) If you are a high school senior, you already know that it's college application season. Facing your admission to-do list is intimidating, but it doesn't have to be, according to Alison Cooper Chisolm and Anna Ivey, co-authors of the new book, "How to Prepare a Standout College Application: ....
Six Things a College Recruiter Won't Tell You
Huffington Post - Sep 16, 2013
High school students today are even more clueless than I was about choosing a college and a career path (and as the first in my family to attend college, I set the naiveté bar high!). Today's college-going students and the people who advise them know even less about college and careers than in my era, ....
The Geographic Representative in the Admission Office: Your New Best Friend
True Admissions Blog - Sep 17, 2013
Who is your new best friend? Let’s assume that applying to college is much like applying for a job. On the way to a position, you may be evaluated by everyone from the receptionist to the waiter in the company cafeteria. ....
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College Admissions - How To's

How to "Demonstrate Interest" When Applying to College
About.com - Sep 16, 2013
A study by NACAC, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, found that about half of all colleges and universities claim that an applicant's demonstrated interest in their school is either highly or moderately important in the admissions process ....
How to get stellar recommendation letters
Examiner.com, - Sep 17, 2013
Whether you are a freshman or a senior in high school, it is time to start thinking about what you want your recommenders to say. While recommendation letters do not make up the most important part of your college application,...
How NOT to Find the “Right” College
Poughkeepsie Journal - Sep 17, 2013
With fall comes the critical second round of campus visits. Now’s the time for your child to go beyond the information sessions and introductory tours of last spring and summer by sitting in on classes ....
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Challenging a belief or an idea: A good idea in Common App?
Charlotte Observer - Sep 17, 2013
If I was a betting woman I’d put money on my hunch that Common Application prompt No. 3 will be the least popular of the five choices offered this year....
Confessions of a College Application Essay Coach
Huffington Post - Sep 18, 2013
'Tis the season for applying to college, and everyone and his mother have got the "How Do I Write My Application Essay Blues." The killer personal statement, now a hot commodity, may be the most popular literary genre on our virtual shelves....
How The College Essay Has Changed With The Digital Age
WLRN - Sep 16, 2013
School just started, but already high school seniors are focused on college. With early admission deadlines looming, students are beginning a new rite of passage: conquering the college application and, with it, the dreaded college application essay....

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3 reasons to take SAT practice tests
US News & World Report - Sep 12, 2013
Your junior and senior years of high school can be tough; there’s simply no avoiding that fact. I remember my own upperclassman years well. Between your part-time job and coursework....
Colleges where the ACT with Writing can stand in for SAT Subject Tests®
DC College Admissions Examiner - Sep 12, 2013
For most students, SAT Subject Tests are thankfully not part of the application rat race. It’s only a handful of highly "selective" schools that either require or very strongly suggest the submission of two or more Subject Test scores to be considered for admission....
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Rankings and Reactions

Comparing the US News and Washington Monthly Rankings
Washington Monthly - Sep 14, 2013
In today’s post, I compare the results of the U.S. News rankings to those from the Washington Monthly rankings for national universities and liberal arts colleges ranked by both sources.....
New Metric for Colleges: Graduates’ Salaries
New York Times - Sep 14, 2013
U.S. News & World Report released its eagerly anticipated annual rankings of universities and colleges this week, and two of the usual suspects — Princeton University and Williams College — came out on top. Prospective students and their parents can evaluate these institutions on a variety of measures deemed important by U.S. News.....
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Should You Apply for Financial Aid?
The College Solution Blog - Sep 16, 2013
Here’s a variation of a question that I always get during admission season: Someone told me yesterday that it’s better to answer “No” to the “Do you intend to apply for need based financial aid” question on the Common Application....
Getting the right college financial aid package
MyFox Atlanta - Sep 18, 2013
First the good news: Don't regard that eye-popping tally of frosh college costs your son or daughter just handed you as the last word. In fact, a better analogy is that it's just the sticker price, the suggested payment that school administrators hope you fall for....
Top 5 Reasons You Should Apply for Financial Aid
Huffington Post - Sep 16, 2013
It's that time of year again when parents and their high school students gear up for the college application process. Somewhere along the line you are also going to have to deal with the financial end of things. You may even be dreading that. Perhaps you have heard stories from other parents who told you what a challenge it was.....
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Sep 18, 2013
This Really Can’t Wait. Really?
One of my best professional development experiences occurred when I came back from a conference. I attended my first annual meeting of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and was almost giddy from the amount of pamphlets, pennants, information, and college bling I brought back to the office... More

Lack of Funds Leave School Counselors Struggling to Find Balance
US News & World Report - Sep 16, 2013
Eric Blanco, a counselor at Ernest Righetti High School in central California, says his job is a juggling act. Coordinating college information sessions, acting as a crisis intervention counselor, and balancing a number of other clerical duties, Blanco says, take away from his direct counseling time.. ....
Learning to use your school counselor
Clifton Journal - Sep 13, 2013
As the new school year gets underway, your school age children will be facing a whole new set of opportunities and challenges. While it is common for parents to focus on the school's classroom teachers, there's an important resource that too many parents simply overlook - the school counselor. ....
The 2013 School Counselor Honor Roll for College Counseling
Huffington Post - Sep 9, 2013
This is the time of year many students aren't exactly feeling the love for their school counselor. Even though class scheduling has nothing -- nothing -- to do with counseling, the complex task of schedule changes that is part matrix ....
Dealing With Your College Guidance Counselor: 8 Tips For Parents
Forbes - Sep 18, 2013
You and your spouse are in the guidance counselor’s office and have just taken a look at the college list painstakingly crafted for your first-born child, vessel of family dreams and aspirations. You’ve shelled out upwards of $25,000 a year on tuition since kindergarten with this day in mind. ....
HSCW Sponsor Blog - CollegeWeekLive Offers Online Continuing Education on College Readiness for High School Counselors
Post - Sep 19, 2013
Needham, MA — CollegeWeekLive, one of the most respected resources for college admissions, today announced a complimentary continuing education series tailored to the needs of counselors who work with high school students on college readiness...

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Career Education

Career-focused classes give students head start
cincinnati.com - Sep 12, 2013
ALEXANDRIA — Campbell County High School senior Ben See, of Alexandria, climbed into the “hot seat,” a simulated cockpit surrounded by computer screens. The screens flickered to life......
Students build futures in old-school shop classes
San Francisco Chronicle - Sep 17, 2013
ALEXANDRIA — Campbell County High School senior Ben See, of Alexandria, climbed into the “hot seat,” a simulated cockpit surrounded by computer screens. The screens flickered to life......
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NY college students look to agricultural sector for jobs
Press & Sun-Bulletin  - Sep 17, 2013
WASHINGTON — Caitlin McPhillips, of Horseheads, is still working towards her bachelor’s degree in agriculture business management, but her ultimate goal is to make farming more profitable...
Pennsylvania unveils new grading system for schools
WITF  - Sep 18, 2013
(Philadelphia) -- Education officials have unveiled a new grading system for public schools across Pennsylvania. School Performance Profiles will offer academic ratings for each building based on a 100-point scale. They'll be available online beginning Sept. 30....
New Jersey may require higher GPA for new teachers
WPVI  - Sep 18, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. - September 18, 2013 (WPVI) -- New Jersey is considering requiring at least a "B'' average in college for most aspiring teachers...
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Teen Dating Abuse

The ABC's of teen dating violence
News Guard  - Sep 12, 2013
Teen dating violence is what happens in a teen dating relationship when one person uses abuse to gain power and keep control over his or her partner. This abuse can be physical, emotional, or sexual. The following information is from the Office of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill....
7 Important Tips for Parents on Teen Dating
Babble  - Sep 16, 2013
have a few years before I have to really worry about my kids starting to date, but I know that as school starts up again, there are many parents and teens having this dating debate in their own house....
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