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State Of The Union: A Quick Wrap On Education
NPR.org  - Jan 21, 2015
Right off the bat, the president touted the fact that more kids are graduating from high school and college than ever before. "We believed we could prepare our kids for a more competitive world,"..
New college grads: Who employers want to hire
CBS News - MarketWatch  - Jan 20, 2015
A new report commissioned by the Association of American Colleges & Universities, however, is seriously questioning the drive to turn schools into institutions where the primary mission is offering career and vocational training...
Why Colleges Are Like Cable Companies
Chronicle of Higher Ed  - Jan 20, 2015
Comcast might be the most-hated company in America. Even in an industry that generally rates poorly with consumers, it still regularly fares worse on consumer-satisfaction measures than any other company...
New GED Test Means Many Have To Start From Scratch
NPR.org  - Jan 16, 2015
On New Year's Eve, 2013, as people were setting up house parties around the country and Times Square workers were preparing for the ball to drop, a small few were instead rushing to their local GED testing centers..
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Wow, College Applicants Can Now Find Out What Admissions Committees Wrote About Them
Forbes  - Jan 19, 2015
In a stunning development in the mysterious world of college admissions, students at Stanford University were able to follow a ďtried and testedĒ five-step process published by Fountain Hopper, an anonymous student-run website at Stanford...
Tuition is pricey, but applications could cost you too
Island Packet  - Jan 15, 2015
Just mentioning college can evoke a wide range of emotions - excitement, fear, anxiety and giddiness. Regardless of how you feel about it, you've probably thought about the cost of attending your top-choice university...
Take control of your college admission process
The Acorn  - Jan 15, 2015
If you are a high school junior starting to think about potential colleges, you have a choice to make about how you approach this process....
How to Avoid Having Your College Acceptance Rescinded
Her Campus  - Jan 19, 2015
Hereís the truth about rescinded college acceptances and how you can fight senioritis to make sure your acceptance letter isnít followed by a warning one....
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College interview primer: Show some passion
Charlotte Observer  - Jan 19, 2015
College applications are submitted, and for some, itís now time for interviews. The first thing we need to do is to shake that image of the stereotypical elderly, tweed-jacketed, pipe-smoking...
Master the College Video Admissions Interview With These Tips
US News  - Jan 19, 2015
An increasing number of colleges and universities are turning to video communications services like Skype to conduct interviews with prospective students. ...
12 College Interview Questions You Should Master
About.com  - Jan 19, 2015
Most college interview questions are meant to help you and the interviewer find out if the college is a good match for you. ...
Preparing for a campus visit
Philadelphia Tribune  - Jan 20, 2015
Visiting colleges is a great way to get a feel for what college is like. And when the time comes, it can help you decide if a specific college is right for you. Here are some tips to get the best out of your campus visit.. ...
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Free Community College? One Major City Offers It Now
Post - Jan 21, 2015

The school counseling community is buzzing about President Obamaís plan to offer two years of free community college to all high school graduates... More
The Guidance Counselor Crisis
WBUR.org - Here & Now  - Jan 16, 2015
While a lot is made of overcrowded classrooms and slashed funding for arts, sports and electives, Americans are less likely to be up in arms about a severe shortage of guidance counselors in schools around the country....
Plenty of credits, no diploma
Hechinger Report  - Jan 19, 2015
California's guidance counselor shortage means many kids end up with more credits than they need to graduate, just not the right ones....
HSCW Sponsor Blog - Conducting a study on School Counselor Involvement in School-Family-Community Partnerships Based on Personality Differences
Post - Jan 19, 2015
I received an email today from Denise B. Ebersole asking for some help distributing a survey to school counselors.....
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Help High Schoolers Move Past Rejection With Optimism
US News  - Jan 19, 2015
The day the cast list for the high school play is posted can be marked by feelings of elation for some students Ė and heartache for others....
For parents, now begins the anxious waiting game for college financial aid
Washington Post  - Jan 20, 2015
For the many high-school seniors who already have submitted their college admissions applications, the season of waiting for an acceptance letter has begun. For their parents, thereís a different anxiety-ridden waiting game: ...
Note to Self: 4 Reminders as My Child Heads into College Auditions
Huffington Post  - Jan 20, 2015
My youngest daughter set off on her very first college audition for theater BFA programs this past weekend. As the trip was some 2,500 miles from our home, I accompanied her. ...
Archives - Parents
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Gap Year

Upcoming 2015 USA Gap Year Fairs
TeenLife Blog  - Jan 15, 2015
Taking a gap year is an increasingly popular choice among college-bound high school seniors. From local and international community service or trekking through the wilderness, to residential internships ..
College can wait
NJ Jewish News  - Jan 21, 2015
Helene Zinckgraf, a 22-year-old senior at the University of Delaware, didnít go straight to college after graduating from Morristown High School. ..
Archives - Gap Year
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New SAT, New Problems
The Atlantic  - Jan 20, 2015
In his announcement last spring that a new version of the SAT would be launched in 2016, The College Board President David Coleman drew on a favorite buzzword: opportunity....
College Admissions: Standardized Test Prep
GolocalPDX College Admissions  - Jan 21, 2015
High school juniors should start preparing for standardized tests. Standardized test preparation is a big business. Many families have figured out that merit aid is often dependent on a studentís ACT or SAT score, so test prep can offer a good Return On Investment (ROI)...
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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5 Alternatives to a Traditional College Educationr
Huffington Post  - Jan 20, 2015
With the rising student loan debt burden many are beginning to think "outside of the box" in terms of ways to gain an education. After all, life's lessons aren't strictly learned inside the four walls of a classroom.....
OnCollege: Consider alternatives to traditional high school experience
San Jose Mercury News  - Jan 20, 2015
For many students, the traditional high school experience is not well suited for them. Unfortunately, these students often trudge through the years getting more and more frustrated and less and less interested in education...
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How your family finances factor into financial aid calculations
Washington Post  - Jan 14, 2015
tís 103 questions that could make all the difference in how you pay for college. Yet every year families shy away from filling out the form known as the FAFSA, which the government and colleges use to determine need- and some merit-based financial aid. ...
Five myths about filing for college financial aid
Consumer Affairs  - Jan 16, 2015
The new year is more than just a flip of the calendar. For families preparing to send a child off to college it's a time for shopping for financial aid Ė an increasingly critical factor in being able to afford higher education. ...
Financial aid: 6 tips education officials say parents and students need to know
NJ.com  - Jan 20, 2015
As graduating high school seniors are dreaming of attending college, parents may be crunching the numbers to make those dreams possible. ...
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Maryland State Universities Raising Tuition at Mid-Year
CBS Local - Washington DC  - Jan 20, 2015
BALTIMORE ó New and returning students at several Maryland public universities will have to dig a little deeper for tuition......
2015-16 college scholarship applications available for Delaware residents
Cape Gazette  - Jan 15, 2015
Delaware residents interested in applying for scholarships, grants and professional incentive loans to pursue postsecondary education during the 2015-16 school year should go to the Delaware Department of Educationís Higher Education Office.....
Maine Lawmaker Proposes Creating a Unified Board for Higher Education
MPBM.org  - Jan 20, 2015
Among the proposals up for consideration in the Maine Legislature this year is a plan by Lewiston Democrat Peggy Rotundo to consolidate the boards of Maine's higher education systems into just one...
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Student Athletes

Recruiting column: How your coach can help you
USA Today HSS  - Jan 14, 2015
USA TODAY High School Sports has a new weekly column on the recruiting process. This isnít about where the top five-star athletes are headed but rather a guide to the process and the pitfalls for student-athletes nationwide from Fred Bastie ..
When student athletes struggle with mental illness
Michigan Radio  - Jan 19, 2015
One in four young adults between the ages of 18-24 has a diagnosable mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Health. ..
Archives - Student Athletes
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