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Affirmative Action Fight Returns To The U.S. Supreme Court
NPR.org - Dec 9, 2015
Affirmative action in college admissions is once again under attack at the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1978 and in 2003 the Court ruled definitively that colleges and universities could consider race and ethnicity....
Should college tuition be free or paid on a sliding scale? Just ask preschool advocates
Hechinger Report - Dec 8, 2015
A fight between Democratic presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton over how to make college affordable bears a striking resemblance to an old debate on the other end of the education pipeline: Should publicly funded preschool be "universal" or targeted only to the neediest kids?...
U.S. Colleges, Hungry For Cash, Turn To Chinese Students Who Pay In Full
WBUR.org - Here & Now - Dec 7, 2015
More than 300,000 Chinese college students studied in the United States last school year and pumped billions of dollars into the U.S. economy, according to the Institute of International Education...
'Early college' offers chance to achieve in high school
Boston Globe  - Dec 4, 2015
PHARR, Texas -- Lorena Gonzalez took her first college course -- music appreciation -- when she was 15. Intimidated by the older students on campus, she would have her mother drop her off and pick her up at the doors of the class....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Countdown to College: Don't assume you can't afford a school
Charlotte Observer  - Dec 4, 2015
One of the biggest mistakes many families make is assuming they won't receive any aid from colleges and universities. Parents frequently put a stranglehold on the their child's college list ...
Here's What Colleges Really Want to See in Your Application
TIME  - Dec 4, 2015
These 12 things can make a big difference, professional college counselors say. Most college-bound students and their parents must wonder sooner or later: What exactly are college admissions officers looking for as they plow through those mounds of applications from eager hopefuls?...
10 College Women Explain Why They Chose a Women's College
Her Campus  - Dec 2, 2015
The college selection process is hard. There are so many different kinds of schools – large, small, public, private, rural, urban – the list goes on and on. One of the many choices to make when deciding where to apply is co-ed or single sex education. ...
Mythbusting admissions: 10 assumptions to reconsider
eCampusNews  - Dec 7, 2015
New report aims to help higher ed recruitment and enrollment by highlighting admissions myths based on what admissions professionals believe versus what teens actually do. ...
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College Admissions: Handling Early Admission Rejection
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Dec 8, 2015
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 . ..
Getting In: If I Get Deferred, How Can I Stand Out in the Regular Pool?
Slate Magazine - Nov 30, 2015
A mom whose daughter has applied early decision to an Ivy, wonders--if her daughter gets deferred--what kinds of actions can be taken to stand out in the regular pool. A high school junior asks whether skipping 12th grade to attend an early college program is a good idea....
Archives - Early
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Last-Minute Tips for Writing a Great College Essay
TIME  - Dec 7, 2015
First, don't be boring. Your college essays need to be memorable--but in a positive way. That will help you stand out from other applicants. Choose a topic you are passionate about. ..
Gazettes  - Dec 6, 2015
An essay prompt found often on applications is, 'Why us?' Why do you want to come here and what will you do once you arrive? A taste of this year's crop include: ..
I was an Ivy League admissions officer -- here's the most compelling essay I ever read
Business Insider  - Dec 9, 2015
It was a Saturday evening and I was doing my shift opening application envelopes at 320 Pinetree Road in Ithaca, New York. (This was back before all applications had to be submitted electronically through the CommonApp website.)..
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New study ranks the colleges that produce the highest paid graduates
PBS.org - NewsHour - Dec 7, 2015
A new study released Tuesday by Georgetown University ranks 1,400 four-year colleges and universities by how much money students earn ten years after starting classes....
How College Rankings Limit Innovation in Higher Education
Forbes - Dec 7, 2015
Last month I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Ricardo Azziz, former president of Georgia Regents University, about the US News and World Report (USNWR) higher education rankings....
Archives - Rankings
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Dec 10, 2015
What Your College Application Decisions Won’t Tell You
YWith many colleges releasing early admissions decisions, seniors are creating more parallel universes than the Matrix movies combined. More

Patience in a Snapchat World
ACCIS -- Blog  - Dec 7, 2015
Picture this: It’s 10:30 p.m. when a high school senior, pooled in desk lamp light and nerves, presses submit on his college application. Deep breath, exhale. Pause. Now what?...
Is College Worth the Price? Even Some High School Counselors Have Their Doubts
TIME  - Dec 1, 2015
Our exclusive survey finds both parents and counselors believe colleges need to deliver more value for the money....
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How to Tell if Your Kid is Dangerously Stressed
TeenLife Blog  - Dec 3, 2015
Kids are stressed. We just have to look at their faces or their Facebook pages to understand the complexity of their lives. So how do you know if the stress you’re seeing might be something to worry about? ...
College Debt a Big Concern for Millennial Parents
Tucson Local Media  - Dec 7, 2015
Ah, the plight of parents with college-bound children. According to the just-released 9th annual national "College Savings Indicator Study" conducted by Fidelity Investments, while more parents than ever before are socking away money to finance their children's college educations ...
The hardest time not to be a helicopter parent: The school admissions racey
Centre Daily  - Dec 7, 2015
Gwanzetta Anthony-Gee is not a mother who hovers over her children's homework. But she also doesn't want her kids to fall through the academic admissions cracks, potentially wrecking their future...
Archives - Parents
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5 Ways to Update Your Guessing Strategy on the New SAT
US News  - Dec 7, 2015
While it is critical to prepare for the SAT, chances are you will still run into some questions that you cannot easily answer. On the current SAT, you pay a price for wrong answers – a quarter of a point per incorrect response. ...
The Ever-Changing Landscape of Standardized Testing for College Admissions
HuffingtonPost  - Dec 7, 2015
It's been nearly 90 years since the first Scholastic Aptitude Test was administered in 1926. Originally intended to help identify academically gifted students from underprivileged backgrounds...
The College Board Under David Coleman: Bad for SAT Business
HuffingtonPost  - Dec 7, 2015
In 2009, the College Board was one of three nonprofits that were listed by name on the memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). (The other two were Achieve, Inc., and ACT.)...
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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FAFSA form gives colleges more than financial info
MyCentralJersey  - Dec 3, 2015
About two-thirds of full-time students pay for college with the help of financial aid in the form of grants and scholarships, according to The College Board. In order to be considered for most scholarships and loans, students need to file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) .....
5 Reasons Why You Won't Get Free Money for College
TIME  - Dec 12/9/2015 12:29:01 PM, 2015
If you have too many assets or a low GPA, you may not get free money for college. College costs are staggering yet many families are turned away from receiving free financial aid because their income is deemed too high or their home equity is considered too great.....
Get Ready for FAFSA
Huffington Post  - Dec 9, 2015
Every January millions of high school seniors, and college students, and parents sit down together to fill out the dreaded FAFSA form -- the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The form is more intrusive than the Federal tax forms, because it asks not only about income but assets of parents and students.....
Money Matters: The new FAFSA process and college costs
WMUR  - Dec 3, 2015
For many parents and students, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is the first step in figuring out the financial aid process. In effect, approximately 20 million students each year use FAFSA as the first step in accessing the funds available to them for their educations.....
Archives - FinAid
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Op-ed: Apprenticeships Help Close the Skills Gap
US News - Dec 2, 2015
Until recently, Preston Bailey worked for a waste disposal company as a hang loader, responsible for the safe removal of waste for businesses and homes around Detroit. The job was OK, but it paid $8.15 per hour, minimum wage in Michigan....
Vocational training: Is it enough?
Idaho Statesman - Dec 4, 2015
We need a well-trained workforce — on that most agree. But the current emphasis on vocational training and de-emphasis on “liberating” knowledge such as humanities and the arts is a dangerous tradeoff....
Archives - CTE
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Student Athletes

Recruiting Column: Learn from experience
USA Today HSS - Dec 9, 2015
My father always told me, "Try to learn something from every experience, good or bad." I generally took his advice, but I also felt like it was a good idea to learn from everyone else's bad experiences so that I'd have a better chance at good experiences!..
Coaches' New Overture: Limit Early Recruiting
New York Times - Dec 8, 2015
College coaches are pushing the N.C.A.A. to end a largely hidden practice that has become increasingly common: the recruitment of young high school and occasionally even middle school students...
Archives - Student Athletes
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UMaine Cuts Tuition Price To Lure Connecticut Students
Hartford Courant - Dec 5, 2015
T The folks from Down East are offering qualified Connecticut high school seniors a deal they might not want to pass up if they want to leave home: attend the University of Maine next fall for the same price as UConn's in-state rate....
Technical School Gives Students Hands-On Experience
NECN - Dec 2, 2015
What do you want to be when you grow up? It's a question that looms large for kids as they get older. One Massachusetts school is giving students a chance to have some hands-on experience before they turn 18. ...
After another pact falters, uncertainty returns to long-overdue Pa. budget
Philadelphia Public School Notebook (blog) - Dec 8, 2015
For the second time in a month, a tentative deal to end Pennsylvania's five-month budget impasse has fallen apart. Gov. Wolf and legislative leaders on both sides of the aisle ...
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Teen Dating

Involvement in Traditional Dating Abuse Increases Chances of Cyberdating Abuse in Teens
Galveston.com - Dec 3, 2015
New findings from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston revealed that teens who are involved in dating abuse – as either the perpetrator or the victim – are more likely to also be involved in cyberdating abuse.....
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