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Big Picture

What California’s College Tuition Hike Says About the Future of Higher Education
TIME - Nov 19, 2014
When does a public university system become one in name only? That’s the question facing California as officials in charge of the state’s prestigious, but financially-struggling university system clash over how to keep it afloat....
Graduation Rates Are Down, Not Up, Since Economic Downturn
Hechinger Report - Nov 17, 2014
University and college graduation rates have declined since the beginning of the economic downturn, according to a new report, even as policymakers prod universities and colleges to turn out more people with degrees. ...
What going to college in the U.S. costs today
CBS News - MarketWatch  - Nov 17, 2014
Here's a smidgen of good news if you've got teenagers heading off to college soon. In a new report, the College Board said that U.S. public and private colleges and universities are continuing to raise their prices faster than the rate of inflation. So what's the good news? ...
Colleges and Universities Charge More, Keep Less, New Report Finds
Washington Monthly  - Nov 17, 2014
Forced to keep discounting their prices as enrollment stagnates, U.S. universities and colleges expect their slowest growth in revenue in 10 years, the bond-rating company Moody’s reports. ...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Making the Grade: College Application Tips
NECN  - Nov 19, 2014
Like most high school seniors, Zach is getting his college applications in order. He'll be the first tell you he doesn't have the best grades, but his SAT scores and activity list are through the roof....
What is rolling admission?
Bay Area College Admissions Examiner  - Nov 19, 2014
Rolling admission is probably a term students have seen as they have researched colleges. While the application materials, publications, and websites state the colleges operate on rolling admission, many also give priority deadlines.....
A Cynical Game that College Admissions Offices Play
EdCentral  - Nov 18, 2014
Kudos to Amanda Graves, a high school senior in New Jersey, for calling attention to one of the most cynical games that selective colleges play to boost their prestige...
2015 summer internships for high school students
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Nov 19, 2014
As colleges increasingly emphasize the importance of “experiential” learning within their own communities, high school students are discovering real benefits in setting aside time during the summer for internships or other similar work experiences....
Applications by the Dozen, as Anxious Seniors Hedge College Bets
New York Times  - Nov 15, 2014
Six college applications once seemed like a lot. Submitting eight was a mark of great ambition. For a growing number of increasingly anxious high school seniors, figures like that now sound like just a starting point....
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College Admissions: Early Apps Up for Class of 2019
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Nov 17, 2014
Over the last 30 days, students from across the country and around the world sent in college applications under binding Early Decision and non-binding Early Action programs.....
Early decision angst: how one senior chose the college to apply to first
Washington Post  - Nov 14, 2014
This is the fourth post in a continuing series about a high school senior who is attemping to navigate through the college admissions process......
Archives - Early/Deferred
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How To Write a Great College Essay
The College Solution Blog  - Nov 17, 2014
Today I am excited to share an online conversation that I recorded with Janine Robinson, a journalist, a consultant and the creator of EssayHell, which is a wonderful website for students who want to learn how to write a great college essay. ....
College Application Essays Don’t Matter as Much as You Think
TIME  - Nov 14, 2014
Parents: sit down before you read this. Kids: deep breaths. You know that beautifully crafted, deeply felt, highly unusual college application essay you’ve been polishing? It might not make a difference for your college admission chances....

Archives - Essay
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
An Update on My Letter to Michelle Obama
Post - Nov 20, 2014

It's been almost a year since Michelle Obama raised the importance of college awareness and college opportunity, and almost a year since I asked Mrs. Obama to make sure this discussion included awareness of the need for better training in college advising.... More
White House Conference For High School Counselors Kicks Off At SDSU
KPBS.org  - Nov 17, 2014
More than 400 representatives from 32 states convened Monday at San Diego State University for a two-day White House conference aimed at helping high school counselors motivate more students to get college degrees.....
Social-media drive aims to get more school counselors to big conference
Seattle Times  - Nov 16, 2014
When this summer’s ice-bucket challenge went viral and raised millions of dollars for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, it showed how social media can shine a spotlight on a relatively little-known disease....
Is hiring a college planner worth it?
USA Today  - Nov 10, 2014
Two months before 17-year-old Alexa of northern New Jersey — a national merit scholar, Girl Scout Gold Award recipient and standout soccer player—planned to submit her application to Amherst, anxiety set in....
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Parents: We need to get a grip on our own college application anxiety
Washington Post  - Nov 17, 2014
My oldest son just turned 15. His birthday slid by, nothing like a milestone. He’s been a teenager for years. He won’t vote for ages. Kind of a holding year, right? ...
On College: How to write a parent statement for child's private school application
San Jose Mercury News  - Nov 10, 2014
If your child is applying to private schools -- preschool, elementary, middle or high -- one of the most important elements of the application will be the parent statement. ...
Helping Your Teen Deal with Peer Pressure
TeenLife Blog  - Nov 13, 2014
Peer pressure is something that keeps many parents awake at night, inducing panic-laden insomnia that his hard to shake. However, the truth is more reassuring: parents often have a bigger part to play, and have more influence over their teen, than they might imagine. ...
Why The College Admission Process Is Bonkers
Huffington Post  - Nov 18, 2014
It's a life lesson for my daughter, that's what I try to tell myself. This is how the world works. Just because you have a high grade point average, excellent test scores, a myriad of extracurricular activities, hundreds of hours of community service, and you're a legacy at your top pick college...
Archives - Parents
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(Canadian) College rankings guide 2014-15: McGill again tops Maclean's University Rankings
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Nov 16, 2014
In Canada, the most important ranking of universities is Maclean's Magazine University Ranking, and their 2015 listing and guidebook was released on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014....
Archives - Rankings
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Career & Technical Education

Concerns of Career and Technical Education Teachers Voiced in Survey
EdWeek - Nov 17, 2014
While teachers are enthusiastic about the benefits of career and technical education, a new report finds that many also believe inadequate equipment and funding are hampering their programs....
The sorry state of vocational training
Hechinger Report - Nov 6, 2014
I had long been under the impression that the United States had a particular problem in providing technical and specialized professional training for students who maybe aren’t academically inclined. But it turns out the United States isn’t alone...
The Promise of Career and Technical Education
Huffington Post - Nov 15, 2014
On the surface, the latest jobs report from the Department of Labor is good news -- an estimated 214,000 jobs were added in October, which translates into 54 months of job growth, the longest streak of uninterrupted private sector job growth in our nation's history....
Archives - Career & Technical Education
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Figuring out how much college is going to cost
Charlotte Observer - Nov 17, 2014
Please don’t be one of those parents who encourage their students to apply to loads of colleges and universities with no regard to how much it is going to cost. ...
Some Colleges May Use the FAFSA in Unexpected Ways
US News - Nov 11, 2014
?College applicants can demonstrate their desire to attend a school by visiting campus, interviewing with admissions counselors and following up on their applications....
An economics professor’s guide to figuring out how much college costs
Washington Post - Nov 17, 2014
Students and their parents contemplating college need to have a clear understanding of what college is going to cost them long before they apply if they are going to make wise academic and financial decisions. Sticker prices upwards of $60,000 are chilling....
Remedial Courses in College Stir Questions Over Cost, Effectiveness
Wall Street Journal - Nov 17, 2014
College students are increasingly spending federal financial aid and taking on debt for high school-level courses that don’t count toward a degree, despite mounting evidence the courses are ineffective and may contribute to higher dropout rates....
Archives - Financial Aid & Scholarships
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Boot Camp Gives Students Individualized Attention For College Essays
WBUR.org - Nov 18, 2014
The College Essay Boot Camp — a day organized by 826 Boston, a nonprofit organization focusing on students’ writing skills, and Northeastern — provides the unique opportunity for every interested student to partner one-on-one with a writing tutor for the day. ....
Massachusetts college graduates will be in short supply, report says
Boston Globe - Nov 16, 2014
A recent report from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education says college grads will be in short supply in the future, threatening the state’s economy. ....
Are N.J. colleges too expensive?
Cherry Hill Courier Post - Nov 18, 2014
TRENTON – Are New Jersey colleges facing their day of reckoning when it comes to affordability and a trend of students not graduating on time? ....
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Teen Dating

Many teens suffer cyber dating abusebehavior prevalent in teen relationships
CBS News - Nov 17, 2014
Many teens are abused online by the people they're dating, a new study suggests. This abuse can include being monitored, stalked, threatened and harassed through hurtful comments, the researchers said....
Time to talk to your teen
Marshfield News-Herald - Nov 19, 2014
Domestic violence and sports has been in the headlines for the past few weeks. While it is important to collectively raise our consciousness about this issue, on a more personal level, this is a great opportunity to talk with your teen about healthy relationships and dating abus....
New research finds sexting is the ‘new norm’ for teens
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Nov 17, 2014
A study being released today provides the first solid research into cyberdating abuse, and the results are startling: Two in five teens surveyed had experienced cyberdating abuse in the context of a dating relationship in the past three months....
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