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For Asian Americans, a changing landscape on college admissions
Los Angeles Times  - Feb 22, 2015
In a windowless classroom at an Arcadia tutoring center, parents crammed into child-sized desks and dug through their pockets and purses for pens as Ann Lee launches a PowerPoint presentation......
Colleges appeal to Congress to cut regulations they say drive up costs
Hechinger Report  - Feb 23, 2015
When letters of admission go out soon from colleges and universities to hopeful applicants, they’ll be quickly followed by offers of financial aid some advocates for students say require a college degree to understand.....
As a whole new kind of college emerges, critics fret over standards
Hechinger Report  - Feb 24, 2015
Hundreds of colleges and universities are hurrying to develop similar so-called competency-based programs that let older students get academic credit by demonstrating proficiency in such things as leadership and organization....
Even With Debt, College Still Pays Off
The Atlantic  - Feb 20, 2015
Widespread unemployment among recent college graduates during, and following, the recession combined with climbing student-loan debt, has left many wondering whether or not a college education is a good or necessary investment after all ...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

College Admissions: 5 Ways To Survive College Decision Season
GoLocalProv College Admissions - Feb 23, 2015
March decision season is about to commence for seniors. Each day, students will stalk the mailman, check their in-boxes a dozen times and log into admissions portals hoping for answers....
Waitlisted at Your Colleges? Here's What to Do!
Huffington Post - Feb 24, 2015
Here are some tips that can help if you have been waitlisted AND are still interested in attending that college:....
The Waiting Game
TeenLife Blog - Feb 25, 2015
After months of preparation, your teen has finished all of their college applications and pressed the “send” button. Being done with the application process, and all the work it entails, entitles teens to breathe a sigh of relief. ...
Month-by-month directions for high school seniors to prepare for fall admission
USA Today - Feb 21, 2015
If you’re a high school senior, it’s tempting to just relax for a few months after the holidays. You survived the first half of the year school year, it’s hard to get back into the groove in January, and you deserve a break before college starts in the fall.....
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A better way to visit colleges
Long Island College Prep Examiner  - Feb 24, 2015
In order to visit schools on a lengthy college list, many parents and students pack two or three college tours into one day. Three days can net up to nine schools! Whirlwind vacations are notorious for leaving visitors exhausted ....
College Touring Tips
Palo Alto Online  - Feb 22, 2015
Spring and summer breaks are wonderful times to visit college campuses. If you are planning college tours with your future college students, here are some tips to help make the visits successful. ...
Archives - Visiting/Interviews
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Counselors build the bridge to college
St. Louis American  - Feb 18, 2015
Growing up on the South Side of Chicago, it wasn’t exactly a forgone conclusion that I would go to college. Neither of my parents and hardly anyone in my neighborhood had gone beyond high school, and while my folks were determined to see me and my brother Craig get a good education, they weren’t exactly sure how to make that happen......
Help foster kids? Fund school counselors
NPR.org  - Feb 25, 2015
And despite the research — school counselors sometimes find it difficult to convince schools to make it a priority. Mary Hines-Bone, a prevention specialist for the Cobb County school district....
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How Parents on the Sidelines Can Support High School Athletes
US News  - Feb 23, 2015
For most teen athletes, the game will likely end in high school. The National Collegiate Athletic Association estimates the probability a high school football player will compete at the professional level to be .08 percent, for example....
Stop Fixating on These Colleges!
The College Solution Blog  - Feb 22, 2015
A lot of the parents attending my current online class on how to cut the cost of college are affluent and highly educated.....
How to get your high schoolers ready for the next big step.
San Jose Mercury News  - Feb 23, 2015
These days, most high school students are enrolled in college preparatory programs. As early as the elementary school years, parents begin to plan for college and prepare their children academically.,....
Archives - Parents
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The Most Memorable College Admissions Essays Reddit Has Ever Seen Will Blow Your Mind
Bustle  - Feb 23, 2015
It’s been a long time since I penned my college application essays, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still appreciate them. On the contrary: I think memorable college admissions essays are to be applauded.....

Archives - Essays
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Bradshaw: SAT or ACT for college applicants? Well, it depends ...
Chicago Tribune  - Feb 20, 2015
I am a junior in high school and not sure if I should take the SAT or ACT for my college application process. Which one of these tests do top colleges prefer?.....
3 True Answers About Common ACT, SAT Strategies
US News  - Feb 23, 2015
It can seem like there are endless misconceptions about the ACT and the SAT. Even a brief perusal of test prep resources can inundate the reader with contradictory information.....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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6 tips for deciphering a financial aid letter
CBS News - MoneyWatch  - Feb 22, 2015
For high school seniors, the agonizing college admission process is almost over. All that's left for many students is deciding which college they can afford....
The Financial-Aid Fine Print
Chronicle of Higher Ed - Feb 23, 2015
The wealthiest colleges have similar policies. But variation among them can make a real difference in what students will pay.....
Make searching for scholarships part of weekly routine
Cincinnati.com  - Feb 22, 2015
When it comes to applying for outside college scholarships, February through June are still great months for seniors to find opportunities. An outside scholarship is any scholarship not awarded by the government or the school....
5 Winning secrets from a college scholarship judge
Grand Rapids Community Colleges Examiner  - Feb 24, 2015
College scholarship seekers should always be looking for ways to improve their applications to help them get noticed and chosen by the scholarship judges. What better way to learn how to do this than by speaking directly to a college scholarship judge? ....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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College? Career Tech? In Nashville, Teens Do Both
NPR.org  - Feb 24, 2015
Schools don't like to use the V-word anymore — "vocational," as in "vocational education." Administrators say the word is outdated, along with the idea of offering job-training courses only to students who are going straight into the workforce.......
Community Colleges and the Skills Gap
NPR.org  - Feb 24, 2015
The first thing we need to do is address the skills gap in this country. Baby boomers are retiring and businesses are looking for workers who are trained in emerging technologies.This is a national trend........
Archives - CTE
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How & Why to Intern the Summer Before College
Her Campus  - Feb 23, 2015
By now, you probably understand just how important it is to take advantage of your summers while you’re still in high school. Whether you’re working a part-time job, babysitting every kid on your street or taking an online class, the summer is a great time to get ahead! ...
How you spend your summer vacation is important
Charlotte Observer  - Feb 24, 2015
Thankfully, once students reach high school, they are no longer required to write the often painfully boring “what I did over my summer vacation” essay. But that doesn’t mean that what they choose to do over summer isn’t important....
College Admissions: National Youth Science Camp
GoLocalPDX College Admissions - Feb 18, 2015
I heard about National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) through a friend of a friend of a friend in 2009 and applied without much of an idea what it was. I figured it was an outrageously long shot anyway:...
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UConn president says cuts could mean layoffs, eliminating programs
CT Mirror  - Feb 24 2015
University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst told state legislators Tuesday that she could be forced to lay off staff, seek concessions from her unionized workforce and make drastic cuts in programs if state funding is cut by $10.6 million, as the governor recommends. ....
Duncan defends Delaware education model
Delaware Online  - Feb 24 2015
Pointing to dropout rates at the lowest level in decades, more high school students applying to college and "unprecedented" investments in Pre-K education, the nation's top school official called Delaware a model for the rest of the country.. ....
Rhode Island Schools Improving, Says U.S. Education Secretary Duncan
RI Public Radio  - Feb 24 2015
Congress is hammering out new requirements for public schools and federal school funding. The current bill, commonly known as the "No Child Left Behind Act," has been controversial because of the way it uses standardized test scores to measure public schools.. ....
How technical education shapes the future of Delaware
Delaware Online  - Feb 23, 2015
February is the month designated nationally to acknowledge the value and importance of career and technical education in the United States of America.. ....
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Teen Dating

Teen dating violence rising
Journal Review  - Feb 21, 2015
Teen dating violence continues to rise across the United States. February is recognized as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and local officials who work with teens want to get the word out that Montgomery County is following the national trend.......
How to talk to your children about teen dating violence
Columbia Star  - Feb 20, 2015
Imagine if your child’s boyfriend or girlfriend told her/him who to speak to, degraded them in front of their friends, called them names, and hit them. Think that could never happen to your child? Think again.......
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