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The Promise and Failure of Community Colleges
New York Times  - Feb 18, 2015
There are two critical things to know about community colleges. The first is that they could be the nation’s most powerful tools to improve the opportunities of less privileged Americans,. ....
Discrimination against women is a real problem in college admissions
Vox  - Feb 17, 2015
Two generations ago, women were in the minority in higher education. Now they're dominating it. In 1960, women earned 35 percent of all bachelor's degrees. They crossed the 50 percent mark in the late 1970s and just kept going......
School Is About More Than Training Kids to Be Adults
The Atlantic - Feb 17, 2015
Years ago, as a junior-varsity baseball coach, I was once stunned by a player who had to remind me that he and his teammates—the people I was training—were only kids......
The Skills Gap: America's Young Workers Are Lagging Behind
The Atlantic - Feb 17, 2015
Young American workers today are more educated than ever before, but the nation’s largest generation is losing its edge against the least and most educated of other countries, according to a provocative new report.....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

9 college prep insights from Freshmen Survey Part 2
Long Island College Prep Examiner  - Feb 17, 2015
The key for parents, counselors and colleges to help students better plan for college and beyond may be found in a survey released last week. The findings in nine key areas can also help the college-bound develop more accurate expectations for their college experience....
How one student used Twitter to figure out which college was right for her
USA Today  - Feb 16, 2015
Social media has changed the way high school seniors are approaching the college application process. It has, at the same time, influenced the way that college admissions offices are recruiting and potentially selecting the best and the brightest students..
College Advice from 10 Business Executives and Entrepreneurs
Huffington Post  - Feb 17, 2015
One of the quickest and surest ways to success is to skip the trial and error process (or at least minimize it) and learn from those who have already "made it."...
The Senior Year is the Most Important Year on a High School Transcript
educatedquest.com  - Feb 9, 2015
There are few things that I find really different between the current generation of high school students and myself when I was in high school. But there is one major difference; the way that senior year is considered in a college application....
3 Questions When Choosing a College
Huffington Post  - Feb 14, 2015
Are you stressed out over where to go to college? Congratulations! It probably means you're taking this whole thing seriously. My goal as a counselor and teacher who writes about this stuff--and has lived through it...
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More high school seniors taking early admissions to college
Los Angeles Times  - Feb 18, 2015
While most of her classmates at Arleta High School anxiously await word on their college applications next month, Unique De La Torre has been a portrait of calm since she was accepted in December to a private New York university....
Archives - Early
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February is the time to plan campus visits and course selections
Charlotte Observer  - Feb 16, 2015
When you’re looking at the college admissions timeline, February is all about planning ahead. There are two key items that need to be addressed in February:...
The pros of a spring break campus visit
Tyler Paper  - Feb 16, 2015
The formal campus visit is an important part of the college application process. I always advise juniors and rising seniors to visit at least their top two or three choices to get a clearer idea of whether a school that looks great on paper is actually a good fit for them in reality.:...
Archives - Visiting/Interviews
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Gap Year

College Admissions: 3 Reasons To Take a Gap Year
GoLocalProv College Admissions - Feb 16, 2015
For more than a decade, taking a “Gap Year” between high school and college has been a popular option for European students. The time allows young adults to travel, explore their interests, mature and rejuvenate before attending college. Now, the idea is spreading in the US...
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School counselors struggle under workload
DeKalb Daily Chronicle  - Feb 17, 2015
NORMAL – To 16-year-old Leanne Neill, the Normal Community High School counseling staff has been a godsend....
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Former admissions director: Parents, calm down. Let Harvard go.
Washington Post  - Feb 17, 2015
Like many who have worked in college admissions, she has heard it: All the worries from parents about “what they can do” to get their kids into Ivies.,....
Many Parents Aren't Sold On Later School Start Times For Teens
NPR.org  - Feb 17, 2015
Sleeping in probably sounds like a no-brainer to most teenagers, but their parents aren't so sure that it's worth starting school later to get the extra shut-eye.....
Archives - Parents
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Making Sure You Come Across Likeable in Your College Essays
TeenLife Blog  - Feb 16, 2015
Writing college application essays can be a daunting task for teens. While some students know immediately what topic they want to write about, others may be overwhelmed and unsure what they want to say....
Study links word choices in college application essays to future academic success
The Daily Pennsylvanian - Feb 13, 2015
The words used in college essays may be more important than applicants expect. According to a study recently released on the Public Library of Science website, entitled "When Small Words Foretell Academic Success:....

Archives - Essays
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When to Take the SAT
New York Times - Education Life  - Feb 8, 2015
During morning announcements, loudspeakers blare out SAT words and definitions at all elementary and middle schools in the Malverne, N.Y., school district. ....
Use January SAT results to prepare for May exam
NY Test Prep Examiner  - Feb 13, 2015
Juniors who have taken the January SAT are just getting their results back now and many are no doubt hoping that they won''t have to take the test ever again. But unless you are the rare student who's already scoring in the mid-700's in every section,,.....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Deciphering Misleading Financial Aid Letters
The College Solution Blog  - Feb 17, 2015
Financial aid awards are often confusing. I believe many colleges and universities intentionally make financial aid awards hard to decipher to trick families into thinking that their institutions are being generous even when they aren’t....
The most common college financial aid mistakes — and how to avoid them
Washington Post  - Feb 15, 2015
Here is some important advice from a financial aid expert on how to avoid making the most common financial aid mistake for college-going families. It was written by Mark Kantrowitz, senior vice president and publisher of Edvisors.com,.....
Making the most out of financial aid
San Jose Mercury News  - Feb 17, 2015
Many families overestimate the amount of financial aid they expect to receive or they don't anticipate loans being a part of the overall financial aid award.....
5 Myths About College Financial Aid
Morningstar  - Feb 17, 2015
We look at the facts regarding why even students from wealthy families should fill out the FAFSA, the (remote) odds of getting a full-ride scholarship, and more......
The Great Scholarship Hunt: How to Save $40K on College
Huffington Post  - Feb 17, 2015
"There are tons of college scholarships out there. You just have to find them." I've heard this mantra more times than I can count -- and as a former high school English teacher, I used to repeat it sagely to scores of 11th-graders...
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Vocational Education Is Out; Career and Technical Education Is In
EdSurge  - Feb 16, 2015
Lily Mohamed works in avionics for Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., crediting the mentoring and technical skills she learned at Connecticut’s Platt Technical High School......
Where Career Tech Meets STEM Education
Middle Web Blog  - Feb 15, 2015
When writing about technology – the T in STEM – I’ve yet to mention Career and Technical Education (CTE), and some of my savvy readers have pointed that out......
Archives - CTE
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Want to Discover Your Dream Job? 5 Key Reasons to Attend a Summer Entrepreneurship Program
TeenLife Blog  - Feb 18, 2015
It’s common to think that college, summer internships, or that first full-time job will provide the answer to the question “What am I going to be when I grow up?”. ..
3 fabulous summer resources—and they’re FREE
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Feb 18, 2015
Summer can’t come soon enough for the millions of families frozen in place by record-breaking cold and mountains of snow left during the historic “Winter of 2015.”..
Take 5 Steps to Find an Internship During High School
US News  - Feb 16, 2015
High school students are increasingly finding that the real-world experience of an internship can offer a significant boost to their college and career success.....
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Teachers union launches anti-test ad campaign in New Jersey
Philly.com  - Feb 17, 2015
University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers has helped secure college admittance for some students over the objections of the admissions office, according to an external review of lawmaker and regent influence at the flagship campus....
Markell launches Delaware workforce training program
Delaware Online  - Feb 12, 2015
Gov. Jack Markell has allocated $1 million over two years to launch the Pathways to Prosperity initiative. The program allows high school students to earn college credit by spending hundreds of hours in specialized instruction for high-demand job opportunities.....
N.J. plots a path for immigrant students
North Jersey - Feb 13, 2015
For the first time since Governor Christie signed legislation allowing New Jersey residents who are in the U.S. without legal permission to pay in-state college tuition rates, Rutgers University is hosting a forum aimed at helping them get a college degree.....
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Teen Dating

New York launches social media campaign against teen dating violence
Newsday  - Feb 14, 2015
ALBANY, N.Y. - New York state has started a new social media campaign against teen dating violence. The campaign includes a four-minute video featuring students from Lansingburgh High School in Troy encouraging bystanders to speak up when they see someone treated inappropriately......
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month 2015: Pop Culture Cases Like Ray Rice, 'Fifty Shades' Help Youth Discuss Abuse
International Business Times  - Feb 16, 2015
Dating violence hurts one in three American teenagers, but they often don't consider it abuse until they watch it happen to someone they love......
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