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As States Defund Higher Ed, Colleges Respond with Steep Cuts
WGBH.org  - Nov 6, 2014
Since the Great Recession, the amount of money states invest in public higher education has dropped dramatically. That, coupled with a steep drop in enrollment, has led some state university systems to cut faculty and academic programs altogether. ...
Why students have no idea what college actually costs
Washington Post  - Nov 12, 2014
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The teenager stapled together his family’s pay stubs, tax returns and credit card statements. He slid them into his red North Face backpack, between the Advanced Placement calculus textbook....
Is a Bad College Education Illegal?
TIME  - Nov 11, 2014
Former North Carolina football player Michael McAdoo is suing the school over sham classes. Does the case have a shot?....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

College Admissions: 3 Ways to Build Application Credentials
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Nov 10, 2014
Every year, students and parents ask me how to stand out in the admissions process. While there are many answers, and they differ from one student to the next, most students miss out on a wealth of opportunities to distinguish ....
How To Make Your Extracurriculars Look Best On Your College Applications
Huffington Post  - Nov 6, 2014
You’ve probably been told all throughout high school to get involved and participate in clubs and extracurriculars....
It's Not Enough to Say You Are A Good Match for A College. Prove It!
Pleasanton Weekly  - Nov 11, 2014
Many colleges include a prompt that asks the question "Why do you want to attend our college?" You will see this item in different forms, such as "How did you first learn about our college and how did your interest develop?" or "What are the unique qualities about our college that make you want to attend?"....
10 Steps to Make Your Junior Year Count
NerdWallet  - Nov 12, 2014
Your junior year is a pivotal point in your college experience: You’ve officially surpassed the halfway mark to achieving a college diploma and taken on the role of an upperclassman. Now is the time to take your experience one step further....
Top 5 College Application Mistakes to Avoid
Burlington County Times  - Nov 6, 2014
With the majority of college application deadlines looming, it’s important to perform a thorough review of your applications to make sure an easily identifiable mistake doesn’t cost you an acceptance letter. ...
Here’s what to include on your college application
NBC News - Today Show  - Nov 10, 2014
Video: College admissions professionals Ashley Pallie and Christoph Guttentag, along with Katherine Cohen from Ivywise, discuss the qualities of a great admissions essay and why it’s important for students to come across as authentic. ....
4 Ways to Deal with College Admissions Competition
Her Campus  - Nov 10, 2014
You used to be those friends: the ones who told one another everything, did everything together, laughed at the same things together and gave the stink eye to anyone who dared try separating your crew.....
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Understanding Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED) Admissions
TeenLife Blog  - Nov 10, 2014
EA (Early Action) and ED (Early Decision) have confused parents for years. Applying to college has become more competitive and more complicated. ....
Here's What to Do While Waiting for Admission Decisions
Huffington Post  - Nov 8, 2014
Tips for keeping track of your submitted college applications: You have undoubtedly worked hard to complete your applications and finally they are submitted!.....
Archives - Early/Deferred
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Setting Up a College Counseling Office
Post - Nov 13, 2014

The key to a successful college counseling program is transparency—we create a curriculum and share it with the community, we create avenues of communication with students and parents to make sure they understand the goals of the curriculum.... More
How to help teens deal with their losses and confront their mortality
San Jose Mercury News  - Nov 10, 2014
When I was a freshman in college, one of my closest friends from high school and one of the girls I had gotten close to in college both passed away unexpectedly.....

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An Etiquette Guide to College Admissions News
Huffington Post  - Nov 10, 2014
Batten down the hatches, moms of high school seniors! Here come the legions of bragging parents, dying to tell you all about their college acceptances...
How to avoid nagging students in the college scholarship process
Huffington Post  - Nov 10, 2014
College scholarships: Parents want their students to win them; students don’t want to spend the time to apply for them. What’s a parent to do? College is expensive and to parents, winning college scholarships seems like the easy way to reduce the amount they will have to pay...
7 Essential Life Skills for High Schoolers to Build Before College
US News  - Nov 5, 2014
Teaching teens how to wash clothes properly is common advice for parents with high school students heading to college.....
Archives - Parents
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Career & Technical Education

In South Carolina, A Program That Makes Apprenticeships Work
NPR.org - Nov 6, 2014
Several years ago, South Carolina had a problem: a shortage of skilled workers and no good way to train young people for the workforce. So at a time when apprenticeship programs were in decline in the U.S., the state started a program called Apprenticeship Carolina....
More high schools teach manufacturing skills
USA Today - Nov 12, 2014
WHEELING, ILL. — Javier Tamayo looks like a journeyman machinist as he briskly turns a wrench to replace a chipped tool in a computerized cutting device at Bridgestone's metal parts factory here....
Archives - Career & Technical Education
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3 Reasons straight A's don’t guarantee a high SAT score
SAT Prep Examiner - Nov 10, 2014
Occasionally, bright high school students believe that because they are intelligent—with the grades and the GPA to prove it—they do not need to prep for the SAT. This is an awful myth, with very real consequences in the form of an uncompetitive SAT result.....
Students Increasingly Take ACT Before Senior Year
Ed Week (free registration required) - Nov 12, 2014
A new report out today from ACT, Inc. shows that 75 percent of high school students in the class of 2014 took the ACT before their senior year, up from 66 percent nearly 10 years ago....
6 Final Steps Before Sitting for the SAT, ACT
US News - Nov 10, 2014
No matter the length of your ACT or SAT prep plan or your confidence level, the final week before your test date can be nerve-racking. . ...
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Another College-Access Issue: Financial-Aid Jargon
Chronicle of Higher Ed - Nov 11, 2014
From his office window, Eric Johnson can see the groundskeeping staff clearing off the sidewalk with leaf blowers. Colleges like the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he works, pull out all the stops to make their campuses inviting....
What you need to know about financial aid for college
Charlotte Observer - Nov 10, 2014
Many college applications are signed, sealed and submitted, and now it’s time to move onto the serious stuff: money. Who doesn’t want to get the very best education at the very lowest price? ...
Why You MUST Use Net Price Calculators!
The College Solution - Nov 10, 2014
If your child is in the midst of applying to colleges, do you have an excellent idea of what each school on your child’s list will cost you? If you don’t, I strongly suggest that you temporarily halt the admission process and find out....
Unlocking the mysteries of college financial aid
Tyler Morning Telegraph - Nov 10, 2014
While the students I work with are mostly concerned with improving their GPA, test scores and essays, their parents often have a completely different concern: how are we going to pay for this?....
Archives - Financial Aid & Scholarships
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Applying work-study solution
Worcester Telegram - Nov 12, 2014
Both the Worcester Regional and Greater Boston Chambers of Commerce have been actively engaged with area colleges and universities to address talent retention in an effort to meet the commonwealth's workforce needs. ...
Schools suing Pa. Department of Education over funding
MCall - Nov 11, 2014
Saying Pennsylvania's new academic standards have given them legal might, six school districts and seven parents are suing the state Department of Education and state officials over what they claim is an "irrational school-funding system."...
Parents, kids explore Delaware charter school options
Delaware Online - Nov 8, 2014
Saying Pennsylvania's new academic standards have given them legal might, six school districts and seven parents are suing the state Department of Education and state officials over what they claim is an "irrational school-funding system."...
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Teen Dating

Dating dangers: Abusive behavior prevalent in teen relationships
Uniontown Herald Standard - Nov 12, 2014
Both the Worcester Regional and Greater Boston Chambers of Commerce have been actively engaged with area colleges and universities to address talent retention in an effort to meet the commonwealth's workforce needs. ...
New survey details vast scope of teen dating abuse
WPDE - Nov 12, 2014
(AP) -- NEW YORK -- From violence to verbal taunts, abusive dating behavior is pervasive among America's adolescents, according to a new, federally funded survey. ...
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