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Rich School, Poor School  - Feb 8, 2015
Beauty and peace radiate across the 319-acre campus of the elegant Cranbrook Schools in suburban Detroit. But in one corner of the upper school, overlooking the manicured lacrosse field, is an angst-filled office where students and their parents come to fret.....
America's College Culture At A Crossroads -- OnPoint  - Feb 3, 2015
Hot on campus. Binge drinking. Sexual assault. Greek life trouble. And a lot of youthful courage. We’re checking in with college newspaper editors. ...
Are College Students Partying Less?
The Atlantic  - Feb 10, 2015
If you’ve ever seen Animal House, you’ll likely recall one of the film’s most iconic scenes: ‘Bluto,’ a seventh-year college student and member of the Delta Tau Chi fraternity (GPA: 0.0), offering some words of wisdom to a nervous pledge ...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Surviving the Winter Waiting Game
Huffington Post  - Feb 9, 2015
This is a time of agonized waiting for many high school seniors. They have submitted their college applications and supporting materials. Now their fate lies in the hands of admissions officers who are busily reading through applications. ...
Feeling Frantic About the College Admissions Process? Read This!
Huffington Post  - Feb 11, 2015
Although many decisions are made during the senior year, it is best to begin the college process early. There are countless details involved in the college admissions process, and gaining the knowledge necessary in a timely manner is crucial ...
College Admissions: Applications Surge at Many Elite Colleges
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Feb 10, 2015
Despite promises of a declining demographic in college age students, applications are up this year at many of the nation’s most elite colleges. From large state universities to small liberal arts colleges and the Ivy League, ...
Ranking the 50 most 'underrated' colleges in the U.S.
USA Today  - Feb 10, 2015
When it comes to picking a college, prospective students should keep in mind that some schools aren’t getting the grades they deserve. ...
9 college prep insights from Freshmen Survey Part 1
SF College Admissions Examiner  - Feb 10, 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....
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College Admissions: Tips for Fantastic College Visits
GoLocalPDX College Admissions  - Feb 11, 2015
If you took my prior advice and visited some colleges close to home to understand your preferences, you may be ready for a college road trip. Spring is a great time to visit colleges...
College campus visits and demonstrated interest
SF Examiner  - Feb 10, 2015
Every year around February, a growing number of junior and even sophomore high school students venture out to visit colleges to which they hope to apply as seniors. ...
8 Things You Shouldn't Do in Your College Interview
Her Campus  - Feb 4, 2015
The college applications are in, transcripts are sent and now it’s time to wait. Or, you could go the extra mile and do an interview with an admissions counselor or alumnus! ...

Archives - Visiting/Interviews
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Gap Year

Go Away: In Praise Of The Gap Year, For All Students  - Feb 6, 2015
Across the United States, the idea of a “gap year” has taken hold. Instead of enrolling in college directly after high school, gap year students take a year off to work, perform service, travel or do all of the above. They volunteer in homeless shelters in New York...
Orinda: Filling the holes in 'Gap Year' theory
San Jose Mercury News  - Feb 11, 2015
ORINDA -- Leave it to Americans to catapult a fine British tradition into a revolution. The "Gap Year" concept has its origins with Oxford University undergrads waiting for admission taking the year after high school to travel, work or participate in cross-cultural experiences,..
Archives - Gap Year
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Feb 4, 2015
Why You Should Celebrate National School Counseling Week It just figures that National School Counseling Week starts the day after the Super Bowl. ... More
What Does a School Counselor Do?
Public News Service  - Feb 4, 2015
PHOENIX - They are mentors, advocates and career counselors. In Arizona and across the country, the people who help students deal with issues ranging from bullying and cutting class to college and career choices are being honored this week....
Increasing School Counselor Time With Students Is Important
Huffington Post  - Feb 8, 2015
National School Counseling Week is Feb. 2-6, and it's a great time to pause and reflect on the amazing contributions that school counselors make every day. I started Mytonomy in 2011 with current high school counselor Sean Burke....
School counselors: who knew how much they do?
Hudson Star Observer  - Feb 9, 2015
There’s a lot more to school counseling these days than the traditional guidance counselor days of the past....
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How to Deal with a Drop in Your Teen’s Grades
TeenLife Blog  - Feb 9, 2015
A drop in school performance can be worrying for any parent; however, it is something many teens go through at some point during their education, and is often nothing to be overly concerned about. That said,....
3 Answers for High School Parents About AVID Classes
US News  - Feb 9, 2015
High schools across the country are offering an elective class that advocates say gives middle-of-the-road students extra support as they prepare for college......
OnCollege: How to guide your teen through stressful period
ChicoER - Feb 10, 2015
Students, particularly sophomores and juniors, are about to embark on a stressful four-month journey that can include the SAT or ACT, Advanced Placement exams, finalizing summer plans, thinking about college and, of course, ...
Archives - Parents
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Student Athletes

NCAA athletic recruitment rules you need to know
Charlotte Observer  - Feb 10, 2015
You’ve probably seen the headlines where eighth-graders who can’t drive yet and haven’t taken algebra are being recruited to play athletics in college...
Score Big With Scholarships for Student Athletes
US News  - Feb 5, 2015
If you’re a student who plays a sport, you’ve probably imagined a few big moments in your career, like hitting a winning jump shot at the buzzer, serving an ace on match point in front of thousands of fans or making a highlight-reel save of a blazing slap shot....
Archives - Student Athletes
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3 Questions to Ask Before Taking SAT Subject Tests
US News  - Feb 9, 2015
SAT subject tests are hourlong?, multiple-choice exams that assess a student’s knowledge in a specific subject. These test are less commonly completed by students than the ACT or SAT are,.....
Ace the ACT: College Admissions Test Tips
ADDitude  - Feb 5, 2015
The SATs and ACT are, literally, rites of passage for most college-bound teens, and most students hate to think about taking them. The tests are challenging, so a little grousing is to be expected. ......
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Costly FAFSA mistakes you REALLY want to avoid
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Feb 11, 2015
Even with its many improvements, the FAFSA can be challenging for some families to complete accurately and in plenty of time for colleges to consider.....
Paying for college: Parents, prospective students get help applying for financial aid
MLive  - Feb 5, 2015
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The families sat around tables at Cornerstone University, listening intently as the financial aid counselor described the seemingly complex task at hand: Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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States Pass Array of Policies to Advance Career Technical Education
Ed Week (registration required)  - Feb 9, 2015
State legislatures and regulatory bodies were very active passing measures to support, expand, and fund career technical education programs last year.....
Technical math classes are helping students graduate
AZCentral  - Feb 10, 2015
Devin Johnson readily admits he had no motivation when it came to traditional math classes. The strings of letters, numbers and symbols in algebra seemed pointless. And what is the use of measuring all those triangles in geometry anyway?...
How One Indiana Program Models Obama’s Plan For Skills Training - StateImpact Indiana  - Feb 9, 2015
It’s been six years since businesses suffered from the country’s worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Now that the economy is back on track, some employers say they can’t fill jobs fast enough....
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How Gov. Walker tried to quietly change the mission of the University of Wisconsin
Washington Post  - Feb 5, 2015
You might think that changing the mission of a flagship public university would be an issue put up for public discussion. Not in Wisconsin....
LoBianco: Who to blame for ISTEP? Ritz? Pence? Others?
IndyStar  - Feb 9, 2015
When a true political disaster is at hand, one of the first things to happen is the proper assigning of blame. And that's exactly what happened Monday inside the Statehouse as Democratic Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz and Republican Gov. Mike Pence ...
Kansas Gov. Brownback, once a tax-cutting hero, scrambles to stem a budget crisis
US News  - Feb 5, 2015
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Gov. Sam Brownback said Thursday he would cut spending on Kansas' public schools and universities and GOP legislators approved a plan....
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Teen Dating

Teen dating abuse and how schools can help prevent it
KTAR  - Feb 9, 2015
While the general public knows that Valentine's Day is in February, most may not be aware that it is also a month dedicated to teen dating violence awareness and prevention....
Investigating Cyber Teen Dating Violence  - Feb 10, 2015
A number of studies have been published about teen cyber dating violence, but until last November, none of it was clinic-based. Then, a group of researchers from Pittsburgh and California.....
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