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Big Picture

Is College Worth It? Clearly, New Data Say
New York Times - The Upshot  - May 27, 2014
Some newly minted college graduates struggle to find work. Others accept jobs for which they feel overqualified. Student debt, meanwhile, has topped $1 trillion....
The Value of College: It's Not Just Correlation
New York Times - The Upshot  - May 28, 2014

When College Isn't Worth It
NPR.org  - May 28, 2014
The New York Times highlighted new data yesterday that once again beats the drum: despite skyrocketing costs, a college degree is a good investment. In fact, MIT economist David Autor writes in the journal Science that the value of a degree is rising....
Parsing "Is College Worth It?"
Inside Higher Ed  - May 28, 2014
One of my favorite classroom exercises -- I didn't invent it, but I used it -- involved a close reading of "Mary had a little lamb." It's a surprisingly ambiguous sentence, if you pay attention. For example, what does "had" mean? Does it mean "once, but no longer?"...
Who Are Women's Colleges For?
New York Times -OpEd  - May 24, 2014
FOR hundreds of years, universities excluded women. Denied access to these institutions, they created their own. 'Attempt great things,' the founder of Mount Holyoke, Mary Lyon, told her students. 'Accomplish great things.' These schools, including the elite Seven Sisters ...
How American Universities Turned Into Corporations
TIME Magazine  - May 22, 2014
College graduation season is here, and that means students should be celebrating their hard-earned educations. But have you seen the headlines being made by many of our nation's campuses lately?....
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Government Rankings

Should the Government Grade Colleges?
New York Times - Room for Debate  - May 27, 2014
The Obama administration is considering a rating system for colleges and universities that receive billions a year in federal loans and grants. Should the government rate schools? What should be done to hold institutions accountable in the face of lower graduation rates, rising student debt and lack of access for the poor and minorities?...
Effort Brewing in Congress to Block College Ratings System
Inside Higher Ed  - May 28, 2014
Representative Bob Goodlatte of Virginia wrote in an email to his fellow lawmakers last week that he hopes to insert a provision into upcoming spending bills that would prohibit the Education Department from moving ahead with the ratings system ...
Rating colleges is 'like rating a blender' ' Education Department official
Washington Post  - May 27, 2014
This is what Jamienne Studley, a deputy under secretary at the Education Department, told a group of college presidents who were meeting to talk about President's Obama's plan to rate colleges with the apparent aim of driving out of business schools that don't meet the administration's definition of success...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Videos from Storytellers: How I Got Into College
Seattle Times  - May 27, 2014
Applying to and paying for college is a challenge for many students, but the five students who participated in Tuesday's Storytellers event faced a unique set of obstacles....
So You're Going to Your Safety School... Now What?
Huffington Post  - May 27, 2014
Over the last couple of months, many high school seniors found cause for ecstatic celebration as they received a big, fat envelope that included an offer of admission from the post-secondary institution of their dreams. ....
Have You Started the College Search?
Huffington Post  - May 27, 2014
In conducting the college search, it is important to make sure a college list is well balanced with "reach," "50/50" and "likely" colleges that fit the student's profile academically and socially. Thorough research is necessary to be sure that students are applying to the right colleges for them...
Deadlines over, but colleges have hundreds of spots left
Reuters  - May 27, 2014
(Reuters) - Traditional college admission deadlines have long passed, but students may still have some options if they didn't get accepted to their dream schools, are having second thoughts about the schools they chose or just didn't get their act together to apply all those months ago..
10 Tips for Managing College Application Stress
Teen Life Blog  - May 26, 2014
Applying to colleges can be an extremely stressful ordeal. As someone who just completed the process, I would be lying if I told you anything else. However, while the stress of applying to colleges cannot be completely eliminated, you can manage it and prevent it from becoming overwhelming with these tips....
College Admissions: Why Starting in 9th Grade Matters
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - May 26, 2014
Every fall, I see families of seniors in "crunch mode", trying desperately to catch up on college visits, SAT/ACT testing, financial aid forms and applications. Which begs the question, "When is the right time to start the college admissions process" ...
For high school grads, the rocky road to success now begins
San Jose Mercury News  - May 26, 2014
This time of year inspires much hope, and graduations play a big role in that. Students are leaving a huge part of their lives behind, ready and equipped for that next step. And while messages of "conquering the world" or "doing anything you put your mind to" are heartwarming and empowering, they don't fully relay the messages we should be sending to our teens....
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Van Gogh's Shoes, Martin Heidegger and My Little Pony: Embracing the Essay
True Admissions Blog - May 26, 2014
Many thousands of young people take on the writing challenge of the college essay each year, making 500 to 650-word personal narrative one of the most popular forms of writing in America. Yet most of the authors of the form have never done it before, and most won't do it again....

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Letters of Recommendation

Now is the time to ask for letters of recommendation
Charlotte Observer - May 22, 2014
Letters of recommendation carry varying weight, depending on the perspective of the college or university and who writes them. The more selective colleges may ask for two or three recommendation letters...
Archives - Letters of Recommendation
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Gap Year

529 Advice for Parents of Gap Year Students
US News - May 28, 2014
Taking a year or two off between high school and college can offer some big benefits for students and parents. Not only is it a way for many students to mature, learn about themselves and develop life skills, it offers parents a bit of extra time to save for college. ..
Archives - Gap Year
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What's a Good SAT Subject Test Score?
About.com  - May 23, 2014
The colleges that require SAT subject tests are some of the most selective in the country. As a result, the students who take subject tests tend to be stronger than the much larger group of students taking the regular SAT...
Improve your SAT score by reading this summer
SAT Prep Examiner  - May 23, 2014
When you read the phrase "SAT strategies" numerous techniques likely come to mind; flashcards, practice tests, tutors, perhaps even frantic last-minute preparation such as cramming...
Educators Note Interesting Trends At Test-Optional Schools
Gazettes  - May 24, 2014
While many parents and students are still wrestling with the interchangeability of the ACT and the SAT, the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) released a study in February showing there is no perceptible difference in academic performance between students who do and do not submit ACT or SAT scores....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - May 28, 2014
The College Question That Won't Go Away High school commencement is the unofficial end of the college application season, so it's surprising to see the large number of articles and talk shows still focusing on the question, Is College Worth It? It's almost like clockwork; ... More
Text Messages Used as Tool to Keep Students on Track for Colleg
Edweek - May 23, 2014
If you want to get in touch with a teenager, you text. Counselors, too, are finding text messages can be an effective way to get important information about the transition from high school to college into the hands of their students.....
Do You Think You Will Have a Career That You Love?
New York Times - May 28, 2014
Many students, when seeking career advice from a guidance counselor or teacher, will be told, "Do what you love." But that isn't a realistic option for many, if not most, of us. And it may not always be what's best for our families and communities either, if not ourselves.....
YHS guidance dept. explains its role
Seacoast Online - May 28, 2014
YORK - The York School Committee has been getting updates and presentations from various school department in recent months and on May 21 the York High School guidance department detailed the work it does to help sustain a 92 percent post-secondary education placement rate over the last six years.....
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How to Determine the Cost of Sending Your Child to College
Huffington Post - May 27, 2014
Right about now parents of high school seniors could be experiencing a sense of panic setting in. Their child has been accepted at a great college or university, and will be embarking on the next phase of his or her life in the fall. They are feeling mighty proud of their child's achievement..
Congratulations To Grads (Parents, Please Step To The Back)
Palo Alto Online - May 27, 2014
It's that time of year again when Palo Alto parents of high school graduates congratulate each other on where their children are going to college. My suggestion is, when you run into an old friend at Town and Country and she says, "Congratulations, I hear your son is going to Stanford,"..
When parents pay for college, student debt becomes a family affair
Yahoo Finance - May 23, 2014
Valerie Shippen thought she was being frugal when she agreed to pay for only one year of college tuition for each of her four children. The 49-year-old Ipswich, Mass., schoolteacher and her husband, Peter, an electrical engineer, both went to college and graduate school. ..
Archives - Parents
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Financial Aid/Scholarships

The Best College Loan for Students
The College Solution Blog  - May 27, 2014
As recently as the early 1990s, most students did not take out college loans. Today about two out of every three students borrow to pay for college due to the runaway cost of college....
Staying ahead in the 2014 financial aid game
DC College Admissions Examiner - May 28, 2014
Yes, the clock is ticking down. But wherever you are in the process, there are still ways to successfully play the financial aid game. In fact, with a few properly-executed "moves" you can definitely have an impact on what financial aid is offered and how close it comes to meeting your needs. ...
Do your research: Parent PLUS loans can be more expensive than you think
DC College Admissions Examiner - May 23, 2014
One of the more popular ways families find money to help pay for college is through the use of federal Parent PLUS loans. In a nutshell, the Parent PLUS loan program provides unsubsidized loans to any parent on behalf of their child ...
Viewpoint: College admissions and the endless cycle of inequality, a high school senior's experience
The Republican  - May 26, 2014
This year, I was rejected from a lot of colleges, and it wasn't necessarily because I wasn't good enough. I had the grades, the test scores, the extracurriculars, the sob story, etc. But college admissions is tough -- a one-in-20-chance -of-getting-into-Stanford -- kind of tough..

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Delaware students celebrate college acceptance
The News Journal - May 27, 2014
'Celebration Day' part of effort to encourage college as a goal with a supportive culture. When an elite high school athlete signs a letter of intent to attend a college with a powerhouse team, schools tend to make a big deal out of it with signing day events and other festivities.....
Vocational education summit
Business Telegram - May 27, 2014
WORCESTER - More than 200 vocational technical education leaders from across Massachusetts are expected to meet at the DCU Center May 30 for a summit focusing on workforce training and development and expanded access to vocational education. ...
Providence amends high school graduation policy
Bangor Daily News - May 27, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - With just 11 days until high school graduation ceremonies begin across the city, the Providence School Board voted unanimously to amend its diploma policy as part of a last ditch effort to help hundreds of students who haven't achieved a qualifying score on the state's standardized test complete high school.....
Maine tolerates a wide achievement gap amongst students - is this what we
WPRI - May 25, 2014
We all love the myth of the "American Dream" it's comforting in a world that surrounds us continually with risk and inequity. The mythology holds that everyone has an equal shot at wealth and a satisfying professional life ' all it takes is hard work, a winning disposition, and determination...
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Today's Teens

Today's Clean-Cut Teens: Less Sex, Less Drugs
The Daily Beast - May 28, 2014
Taking care of teenagers is my specialty. As I approached the end of residency and considered various possible career options, I decided to get additional training in the specific needs of adolescents....
American Teens Are Becoming Even Wimpier Than Before
NPR.org - May 28, 2014
If you think that teenagers are becoming weaklings, you're right. Less than half of youths ages 12 to 15 are even close to being aerobically fit, according to data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.....
Study finds teens' risky driving behavior is mitigated by parental rules
NEWS4Jax - May 28, 2014
Teens across the country are eager to begin their summer holiday. Not only will some be learning to drive for the first time, but with school out, others will have more time for joyriding. This brings with it an increased risk of motor vehicle crashes....
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