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Big Picture

Less than 40 percent of 12th-graders ready for college, analysis finds
The Christian Science Monitor - May 12, 2014
Less than 40 percent of America’s 12th-graders are academically prepared for college, according to results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), often known as the "nation’s report card."...
Dear Washington Post, You Can Stop Sticking Up for For-Profit Colleges Now
Washington Monthly  - May 9, 2014
Recently, in a piece about employment outcomes of for-profit students vs. those who attend traditional colleges, I noted that the Washington Post recently ran another one of its defending for-profit colleges editorials...
Advice to High-School Graduates: 'You Are Not Special'
The Atlantic  - May 7, 2014
On a spring day in 2012, Wellesley High School English teacher David McCullough Jr. stepped onto the school’s football field, then covered in a sea of seniors dressed in identical caps and gowns....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

A New Tool to Measure College Costs
The College Solution Blog  - May 13, 2014
Today I’m sharing with you a new online tool that you can easily use to generate quick cost estimates and comparisons at individual colleges. All you need is to start playing with the universal net price calculator that you’ll find on the website of the Cost of Learning. This new website aims to make it easy for families to retrieve net price estimates....
A nifty new tool for ‘major’ investigations
DC College Admissions Examiner  - May 14, 2014
Self-described “tableau dabbler,” Jon Boeckenstedt, associate vice president for enrollment management at DePaul University, has come up with another really nifty tool for using data collected by the U.S. Department of Education to research college majors....
Common Application Makes Changes After Tough Year
ABC News  - May 9, 2014
Creators of the Common Application for college admissions said Friday they have made changes that should prevent snags that had the high school class of 2014 tweeting horror stories....
Lowering the stress of college admission
Camarillo Acorn  - May 9, 2014
The May 1 notification deadline has passed, and high school seniors who’ve sent in their enrollment deposits can relax. Unless they’re hoping for an offer from a waiting list, they know which college they’ll be attending in the fall. For juniors, the college application process is just beginning.....
College Corner: Trends in college admission
Tyler Morning Telegraph  - May 9, 2014
If your child will be applying to college in the next year or two, wouldn’t you love to get an inside look at how admissions officers think? Wouldn’t you love to understand what they’re looking for — and to get an idea of how tough the competition will be at top schools?...
Four Stand-Out College Essays About Money
New York Times  - May 10, 2014
Talking about money is hard. Writing well about yourself may be harder still. So trying to do both at once, as a teenager, while addressing complete strangers who control your future, would seem to be foolhardy...
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Gap Year

Why Your High School Senior Should Take a Gap Year
TIME Magazine  - May 14, 2014
he growing trend of taking a year off between high school and college can be a benefit if done right. Earlier this month, more than a million high school seniors across the country committed to attend college. ...
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College Admissions: 5 Reasons Schools Should Offer the Pre-ACT
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - May 12, 2014
For years, most school districts in New England have dragged their feet on offering the pre-ACT and ACT to students. They have remained in their comfort zone with the PSAT and SAT. However, the time of reckoning has arrived. ...
Why Take the SAT II Subject Tests?
TeenLife Blog  - May 9, 2014
Everyone knows how important standardized tests are in the college application process. But what about SAT Subject Tests? How important are they to college admissions and should everyone take them?....
Play2Prep: a fun app for SAT and ACT test prep
NY Test Prep Examiner  - May 12, 2014
High school student's mother: Johnny, time for your SAT prep! Student: Ok, Mom! I'm just contacting my friends on Facebook to play now. Mom, smiling to herself: What a good boy! Always so studious....
A closer look at the redesigned SAT reading section
Spokane College Examiner  - May 12, 2014
Students across the globe will proclaim “Hurray!” when they realize they will no longer have to battle with the sentence completion questions on the redesigned SAT. This format of questions has long been a staple of the vocabulary testing on the SAT, but like the analogies that were dropped years ago....
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - May 14, 2014
Testing Our College Assumptions
Now that we’re at the end of the college application season, it’s time to consider the validity of some ideas that are generally viewed as true. It isn’t always easy to challenge our deepest assumptions, but since we’ve just spent eight months getting students into colleges to do just that for the next four years ... More

Why I wish my guidance counselors would stop talking so much about college
Hechinger Report - May 13, 2014
In New Orleans schools there are a lot of teachers, principals and guidance counselors who encourage students to go to college so much and so vigorously that it seems as though they are forcing the idea of college on them. I have advisors who encourage me to attend a four-year university at both my high school ...
A college counselor, his students, and the vision of a life beyond poverty: an exclusive excerpt from “Hold Fast To Dreams”
ChalkBeat - May 9, 2014
Hold Fast to Dreams traces the paths of 10 low-income students and their college counselor, Joshua Steckel, through the college application process and the four years that follow. ...

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10 ‘splurge’ gifts for your favorite grad
Charlotte Observer - May 12, 2014
Last week I shared a variety of non-traditional yet affordable graduation gift ideas. But if you’re feeling the urge to splurge, here are my top 10 suggestions:...
25 + 25 Twitter Accounts Every Parent Should Follow
Parents Countdown to College Coach - May 12, 2014
As a parent of a high school senior, you may think that the hard job of getting your child ready for college ended the moment the acceptances started to roll in. ...
On College: How to get your high school grad ready for the next big step
San Jose Mercury News - May 12, 2014
As a parent of a high school senior, you may think that the hard job of getting your child ready for college ended the moment the acceptances started to roll in. ...
Graduation wisdom: Look behind you
The Christian Science Monitor - May 12, 2014
As another commencement season arrives, we’ll hear a lot about how the future now belongs to this month’s graduates. But watching my own daughter graduate from high school this year, I’ve realized that she’s also secured something just as precious: a past. ...
Parents Draw The Line On Teen Relationships And Social Media
NPR.org - May 13, 2014
I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but maybe you just need a few moms and dads in your corner. Every week, we check in with a diverse group of parents for their common sense and savvy advice ...
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What three things should rising seniors be doing over the summer?
True Admissions Blog  - May 13, 2014
As we head off into the summer, we asked our experts what rising seniors should be doing this summer. As usual, they've got some great advice about how to rest, recharge, and prepare for a couple of steps in the college application process..
3 reasons to consider a high school internship
SAT Prep Examiner  - May 9, 2014
Over the past decade, the term “internship” has become synonymous with the American college experience. Many university programs in a variety of disciplines strongly encourage or require their students to complete an internship prior to graduation...

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Career & Technical Training

What Career or Technical Classes Do You Wish Your School Offered?
New York Times - Learning Blog - May 13, 2014
Automotive mechanics, culinary arts, video editing or computer coding? Do you wish you were able to get hands-on training in a field that interests you while still in middle or high school?. ...
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New Jersey lawmakers look at college affordability
NorthJersey - May 14, 2014
EWING, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey legislative committee is heading to a college campus to get input on affordability and other higher education issues. The Assembly's Higher Education Committee has scheduled a hearing Wednesday at The College of New Jersey to discuss a package of 20 bills focused on higher education. ...
Enrollment Down, State Colleges Forced To Make Cuts
Vermont Public Radio - May 14, 2014
Both Johnson State College and Vermont Technical College have recently announced staffing cuts coming next year due to budget shortfalls, in part because they’re forced to rely on tuition – not state funding – for the vast majority of their revenues....
Connecticut Graduation Rates Increase
NBC Connecticut - May 14, 2014
Connecticut high school graduation rates increased last school year for the fourth consecutive year. Connecticut's statewide graduation average increased by 0.7 percent in 2013 over 2012 and his risen by 3.7 since 2010....
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Prom Safety

Pa. schools stress prom night safety
sanluisobispo.com - May 10, 2014
LANCASTER, PA. — Ryan Axe flashes a few pictures of his family on the big screen in front of his students. "Now, all of you have seen my family more than my brother ever did, and my brother was my best friend," he says. ...
Parents should discuss prom safety with students
Rome Observer - May 14, 2014
LANCASTER, PA. — Ryan Axe flashes a few pictures of his family on the big screen in front of his students. "Now, all of you have seen my family more than my brother ever did, and my brother was my best friend," he says. ...
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