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Big Picture

U.S. University Enrollment Continues to Slide
Hechinger Report  - Dec 11, 2014
Led by continuing drops at private, for-profit colleges, higher-education enrollment declined this fall for a sixth semester in a row, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reports....
What Students Don’t Know About Their Loans
New York Times - Upshot Blog  - Dec 10, 2014
Student debt is a vexing issue, because it’s a legitimate problem, but not the problem that many people assume.. ..
Do Need-Blind Colleges Really Exist?
The College Solution Blog  - Dec 16, 2014
Today I am sharing a guest blog post that Jon Boeckenstedt, an associate vice president for enrollment management and marketing at DePaul University in Chicago . ..
Why the Admissions Office May Be Part of the Problem of College Access
Chronicle of Higher Ed  - Dec 17, 2014
Access to college is a hot issue these days, with policy makers and colleges looking for ways to enroll more low-income, first-generation, and minority students...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Following up after Applications are Submitted
GoLocalPDX College Admissions  - Dec 17, 2014
Seniors, you are responsible for making sure that all the needed components for your application have arrived at the colleges you’ve applied to. Tips for getting this done:...
Mythbuster: Greater prestige doesn’t equal greater happiness
Charlotte Observer  - Dec 15, 2014
Last week I talked about the ill-conceived notion held by many families that due to the high cost of college, they must choose only in-state institutions. Other families unwittingly believe that “all private schools are better than all public institutions.”...
How Many Colleges Should I Apply To?
Lamorinda Weekly  - Dec 17, 2014
This question ranks among the top five I get asked each admission cycle. Six college applications once seemed quite reasonable. Now eight is more commonplace and some students want to apply to 10 or more. When is enough, enough?...
How To Get Your (Or Your Kid’s) College Application to the Top of the Pile
Money Magazine  - Dec 11, 2014
Fix this essay, don't answer that question, and don't think the college application process is over when you hit "submit."...
4 Ways for Out-of-State Students to Get In-State Tuition
Her Campus  - Dec 15, 2014
So you just got into this fantastic college that makes your parents sigh with relief. There's just one catch—you're an out-of-state student, and the tuition that you have to pay makes you cringe every time you look at the long line of digits....
The 5 Most Common College App Mistakes (& How to Avoid Them)
Her Campus  - Dec 11, 2014
College application deadlines are right around the corner! But before you hit the submit button on your dream school’s application, you need to make sure you’re not making a mistake that could affect your chances of being accepted. ...
5 reasons to finish college applications well before the deadline
Seattle College Bound Examiner  - Dec 15, 2014
Every year, students wait till the last minute possible to submit their college applications. Unfortunately, that choice can also turn out to be a costly one. Here are five reasons that will hopefully convince you to get those applications finished and submitted long before they’re due....
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Once the sting of rejection fades, put all your energy into other applications
San Jose Mercury News  - Dec 15, 2014
For many high school seniors, the last week has brought much excitement as decisions from several colleges have been released. But for countless others, these decisions have brought heartache, anger, frustration and doubt. This article is directly for those students......
How To Handle College Admissions Rejections
Forbes  - Dec 15, 2014
The current college application period is coming to a close, and the decisions for this Early Decision/Early Action (ED/EA) season have arrived for freshman applicants. Congratulations to those who have been admitted!....
What to Do If You Are Deferred
Huffington Post  - Dec 15, 2014
We know that application numbers this season are way up. It's quite possible that you are a qualified student who has been deferred from your first choice college. Thousands of college applicants have been deferred for consideration during the regular admission cycle....
College Admissions: Handling Early Admission Rejection
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Dec 10, 2014
For many seniors around the country, early admission returns have begun to roll in. For some, it is a time of exuberance because they have been accepted to their first choice college. But for others, it is a time of exasperation over deferrals, or worse, disappointment over rejection.....
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How not to bomb the dreaded college application essay
Washington Post  - Dec 17, 2014
This is the fifth post in a continuing series about a high school senior attemping to navigate through the college admissions process. She is Samantha Fogel, a student at The Derryfield School, a private college preparatory day school for grades six through twelve in Manchester, New Hampshire...

Archives - Essay
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
College Admissions Trends to Watch in 2015
Post - Dec 17, 2014

2014 has been a remarkable year in college admissions, and next year promises to be no less exciting. Some trends will build on the changes that occurred this year, and some will seem to come out of nowhere. Either way, here’s what you’ll want to watch for in 2015:... More
Helping Students with Learning Disabilities Transition to College
The Journal  - Dec 16, 2014
As an occupational therapist and assistive technology specialist for Florida's Alachua County Public Schools, Elisa Wern works with students who have various learning disabilities — such as dyslexia, dyscalculia or a lack of executive functioning — every day.....
HSCW Sponsor Blog - TeenLife Summer Program Guide
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Summer is around the corner! Connect more students to meaningful, interest-specific summer programs with TeenLife.com...

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Gap Year

8 Reasons to Take a Year Off Before College
Her Campus  - Dec 10, 2014
As college acceptance letters come pouring in and your classmates get more and more excited about this next chapter, you’re feeling a little more anxious—and not the good kind of anxious. ...
5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Gap Year Program for Your Teen
TeenLife Blog  - Dec 17, 2014
I recently sat down with Ben Welbourn, who manages community service trips and summer programs in the Dominican Republic for Rustic Pathways to get his opinion on, as well as his advice on choosing the right gap year program for your student....
Gap Year Programs Impact Teens for Life
TeenLife Blog  - Dec 16, 2014
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5 Online ACT Facts Students Need to Know
US News  - Dec 15, 2014
Beginning in 2015, the ACT will be available to select high schools in an online format. While the ACT has no current plans to eliminate its paper test, the online exam is an interesting new development in college admissions testing. ....
Who needs SAT Subject Tests anyway?
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Dec 15, 2014
College-bound juniors beginning the process of scheduling standardized tests for the next few months may want to cover all bases by investigating the need to take SAT Subject Tests or what used to be labeled SAT II’s by the College Board.....
Does the ACT really tell you if you're ready for college?
Daily Herald  - Dec 15, 2014
More than 64 percent of Larkin High School's Class of 2012 was enrolled in college 16 months after graduation, but more than half those students might not be academically ready to succeed there ....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Career & Technical Education

Community college programs can lead to big payoffs
Minnesota Public Radio - Dec 11, 2014
When it comes to higher education, we've all heard the talking points: More people than ever are pursuing four-year degrees — despite skyrocketing tuition costs — because they don't have many other choices if they want to be competitive in the workforce....
Companies can get skilled workers faster using German approach
Duluth News Tribune - Dec 12, 2014
first blush, it sounds like a good idea: have business partner with universities and colleges to create a vocational curriculum that provides graduates well-paying jobs in today’s industries....
Archives - Career & Technical Education
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Preparing for the 2015 FAFSA
Spokane College Examiner  - Dec 15, 2014
When high school seniors have completed their college applications it is time to sit back and relax, right? Not necessarily! If financial assistance will be important in attending college, there is more work to be done...
Financial Aid Haggling: How Far Can You Go?
Fiscal Times  - Dec 11, 2014
My daughter learned this little ditty in preschool: "You get what you get, and you don't get upset." Parents who are convinced they can haggle their way to a better financial aid package might want to learn it, too -...
Father admits to falsifying financial aid data
Boston Globe  - Dec 11, 2014
The father of a former Harvard University student has pleaded guilty in federal court to falsifying his income so his daughter could be awarded more than $160,000 in financial aid from the prestigious college and the federal government....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Best College Values, 2015
Kiplinger Personal Finance - Dec 17, 2014
Our new combined rankings show how public and private colleges stack up against each other ....
Archives - Rankings
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An eye-opening description of one state’s failed school funding system
Washington Post - Dec 11, 2014
Pennsylvania’s system of funding schools is a failure by every criterion: equity, adequacy, predictability, fairness. Too many students in too many schools are unable to meet state standards of what children should know and be able to do. ....
NJ advances bill to allow military veterans to attend public colleges at in-state tuition rates
NJ.com - Dec 11, 2014
A bill to allow military veterans to attend public colleges at in-state tuition rates regardless of where they live cleared an Assembly panel Thursday. ....
With demographic shift, area colleges competing for fewer students
Scranton Times-Tribune - Dec 11, 2014
“The decline is more prevalent in the northeast, where so many colleges are competing for students,” said Paul Hassen, spokesman for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities....
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Teen Drinking

To Stop Teen Drinking Parties, Fine The Parents
NPR.org  - Dec 15, 2014
When it comes to teenage drinking, the typical venue is a party — where some teens play drinking games and binge. It may surprise you to learn that the majority of parents are aware that alcohol is flowing at these events. ....
Smoking, drinking, prescription drug abuse by teens is down, survey says
CNN  - Dec 16, 2014
(CNN) -- Teens are losing some of their rebellious reputation with this news from the federal government. The latest Monitoring the Future survey, released on Tuesday by the National Institute on Drug Abuse....
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