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Rising tuition costs, low graduation rates and innovative community colleges: A look back at Hechinger’s top higher ed stories of 2014
Hechinger Report  - Dec 30, 2014
President Obama vowed in 2009 that by 2020 America would have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.....
Should Parental Connections Provide A Leg Up In College Admissions?
NPR.org  - Dec 30, 2014
Imagine a democracy where the children of former public officials had a leg up for winning an elected office themselves — a 10,000-vote head start, perhaps, or a seat on the county council reserved especially for them...
First-Generation College-Goers: Unprepared and Behind
The Atlantic  - Dec 31, 2014
When Nijay Williams entered college last fall as a first-generation student and Jamaican immigrant, he was—despite being admitted to the school—academically unprepared for the rigors of higher education. ...
Catholic Colleges Tell Poor Kids to Go Elsewhere
TIME  - Dec 22, 2014
At Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., officials sometimes bring in low-income applicants and their families for counseling. The point of the sessions is not to encourage the students to attend, but to suggest they consider going somewhere cheaper....
For black students, SAT scores matter a lot more
Washington Post  - Jan 6, 2015
Setting aside, for a moment, the debates about diversity in higher education, here is a non-controversial statement: The purpose of the college admissions process is to screen for good students....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Best Colleges You Can Still Apply To For Fall 2015
TIME  - Jan 5, 2015
For many high school seniors and their parents, New Year’s marked the end of the college application season. Quite a few prestigious universities do indeed set a January 1 deadline for admission to their fall 2015 class.,...
3 Holistic College Admissions Trends to Watch
US News  - Jan 5, 2015
As admissions committees focus on reviewing applications for next year's college class, high school juniors across the nation are beginning to prepare for their own admissions cycle. If this describes you, you likely already realize how difficult it can be to concurrently complete your course work,...
Duke's Dean Of Admissions: Who Gets Into Top Colleges And What Makes The Difference
Forbes  - Dec 19, 2014
The competition to earn admission to America’s Top Colleges is as fierce as ever. In this interview, Christoph Guttentag, Duke University’s highly respected Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, takes parents and students inside the mysterious process of determining who gets admitted to elite colleges...
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How to focus forward after initial rejection?
San Jose Mercury News - Dec 29, 2014
With results from the early round of applications widely available, I have noticed many behaviors and perceptions regarding admissions getting altered. I have found some families to be unreasonable with their expectations, and others to be overwhelmingly grateful.....
Op-Ed What happens when your college crush won't commit?
Los Angeles Times - Dec 26, 2014
ew you and I were a perfect match,” the young man begins, “ever since I laid eyes on you at my sister's graduation. And spending time together this past year, learning everything there is to know about you, has only made me more convinced that you're the one for me.....
College Counselor: ‘A Deferral Is Not A Denial’
WBUR.org Here & Now  - Dec 18, 2015
High school students discovered this week whether they’ve been accepted to their choice college under early decision. For students who were deferred, guidance counselor Lisa Micele says that doesn’t mean they won’t get in to their top school in the spring.....
Archives - Early/Deferred
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
What the New SAT Means to You
Post - Jan 7, 2015

The start of a new calendar year means more juniors are now turning their attention to the college application process—and to the tests which are often part of that process. Since College Board has announced changes to the SAT, ... More
High School Counselors in Short Supply
Ed Week  - Dec 29, 2014
At a time when more and more high-school students are urged to apply to college, the need for counselors to help them make suitable choices and then guide them through the application process has never been greater....
Little College Guidance: 500 High School Students Per Counselor
New York Times  - Dec 26, 2014
A steady stream of teenagers fidgeting with forms and their backpacks flowed through the Midwood High School college office one day this month, all with lists of questions on their minds.....
City and Shore Magazine  - Jan 5, 2015
Dr. Andrea Clyne, a school psychologist at Louisville Middle School, was recently selected as the 2014 School Psychologist of the Year by the Colorado Society of School Psychologists. Here’s what she had to say about how she got into the field....
“School Psychologist of the Year” on the changing role of mental health services
Chalkbeat - Colorado  - Jan 3, 2015
High-school counselors live by a motto they hope their college-bound students will also take to heart: “College is a match to be made – not a prize to be won.” ....

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Take your kids to college — and stay there
Detroit Free Press  - Jan 4, 2015
Lori Osterberg and her husband are lifelong Denver folk, but they got restless and intended to relocate for adventure's sake once their only child left home for college....
10 Reasons I Am Thankful to Be the Parent of Teenagers
TeenLife Blog  - Dec 30, 2014
Walking around the mall recently, I could not help but notice all the babies and toddlers. There were sweet tiny newborns snuggled close to their mom’s chests in Baby Bjorn carriers....
Spying on your kids: is it OK?
Las Vegas Review Journal  - Jan 6, 2015
Whether you think spying on your kids is acceptable in today’s digital age or a breach of trust seems to really depend on how you define “spying” in the first place.....
Archives - Parents
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SAT Myths Busted
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Jan 5, 2015
As your child heads into standardized test season, make sure you're armed with the facts. For high school juniors, SAT time has arrived. Many are beginning test prep courses and going online to register for winter and spring test dates. ....
High school juniors: 3 tips to manage college entrance exam (SAT/ACT) results
DC Higher Education Examiner  - Jan 5, 2015
College entrance exams (also known as the SAT or ACT) are standardized tests designed to measure your readiness to attend college. Schools may consider your SAT or ACT score results when making admission decisions, to include scholarship offers.....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Career & Technical Education

How can education, industry close the skills gap and fill U.S. jobs?
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel OpEd - Dec 20, 2014
It's time to end the stigma long-attached to vocational education by adapting the German approach throughout the U.S. Most Americans don't need a university ....
Archives - Career & Technical Education
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7 things you must know about the FAFSA
CBS News - MoneyWatch  - Jan 5, 2015
Beginning every January, millions of American families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which is crucial for any student hoping to receive need-based financial aid....
7 Legal Ways to Squeeze More College Aid From the FAFSA
TIME  - Jan 6, 2015
Filling out the 10 eye-crossing pages of the 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the most important application for need-based college financial aid, may not seem like a fun adventure in Super Mario’s Mushroom Kingdom.,...
Winning the financial aid game—2015-16 edition
DC Higher Education Examiner  - Dec 30, 2014
College-bound students have a better chance of winning the financial aid game by going on the offensive early. And it’s not too early to start a few practice exercises.....
How to figure out the FAFSA finances
Charlotte Observer  - Jan 5, 2015
If it is the beginning of January and you are the parent of a high school senior, then you need to be filling out the forms and figuring out your finances....
Colleges often give discounts to the rich. But here’s one that gave up on ‘merit aid.’
Washington Post  - Dec 29, 2014
LANCASTER, Pa. — The open secret of higher education is that private colleges competing for students often slash prices for families wealthy enough to pay full tuition....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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VTDigger.com  - Jan 2, 2015
The J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation has announced available funding for the 2015-16 school year to support public-private partnerships that address systemic improvement in the access Vermonters ...
Number of R.I. students passing GED test falls significantly
Providence Journal  - Dec 31, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island experienced a huge slide in the number of students passing the General Education Development test in 2014, and educators say it’s because the test is new this year and students are still getting used to it...
Gap between rich, poor schools in Pennsylvania doubled in 4 years
Tribune-Review  - Dec 31, 2014
The gap between what wealthy districts and poor districts spend to educate children has widened dramatically in the four years ...
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High School Teachers Share Tips to Cure Senioritis
US News  - Jan 5, 2015
College applications have been mailed and acceptance letters have started to arrive. It’s the second half of the school year and some high school seniors have mentally checked out.....
High School Teachers Share Advice on Curing Senioritis
Education World  - Jan 5, 2015
Winter vacation is over, and students are returning to their classrooms for their second half of the school year. High school students, particularly seniors, will soon find an infamous "disease" starting to kick in: senioritis....
4 Tips for Surviving Second Semester of Senior Year
Her Campus  - Dec 31, 2014
It’s official: Second semester is upon us, and so is your most severe case of senioritis yet. Between trying to make your final college decision,....
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