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The SAT: A New Core Subject in Schools?
The Atlantic  - Jun 9, 2015
Last week, two major education companies unveiled a set of resources that they've pledged will help all kids—rich or poor—succeed on the SAT. After decades of denying the value of test prep, the College Board. ...
Will Three-Year Colleges Make The Grade?
NPR.org - Jun 16, 2015
With college costs rising and many students struggling with loan debt, some colleges are offering three-year bachelor’s degree programs to reduce costs and send graduates out into the world a year sooner.....
Student Loans and Defaults: The Facts
New York Times - Jun 11, 2015
Lee Siegel, an author, sparked a heated discussion about student debt after writing about his decision to default deliberately on his loans......
Colleges are using big data to identify when students are likely to flame out
Washington Post - Jun 16, 2015
Virginia Commonwealth University, like lots of U.S. colleges, has worked to keep its freshmen around for sophomore year. Research has shown that students are most at risk of dropping out early in their college careers, and freshman retention rates also factor into college rankings....
Why Does an Undergraduate Degree Cost So Much?
NBC News  - Jun 17, 2015
In February 1970, with the school's storied quadrangle by the Charles River still in the grip of winter, Harvard University broke the bad news to students and their parents: Tuition was going up. ...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

How the FAFSA And ACT Can Hurt Your Application (And Not for the Reasons You Think)
Forbes - Jun 16, 2015
Everyone knows that college admissions decisions are determined by how much schools want certain candidates. Here’s a lesser-known fact: Decisions are also determined by how much you want certain schools....
Activities in the college admissions process: Debunking the myths
College Examiner - Jun 10, 2015
Students and parents stress out about the extracurricular activities and leadership section of the college application. It is, after all, one of the few pieces of the application that students are in control of throughout their high school years...
4 overlooked ways to cut college costs
CBS News MarketWatch - Jun 16, 2015
Interested in slashing the cost of going to college? Then consider ignoring the conventional wisdom about where to go to school and how much you must pay....
3 Students Who Can Benefit From the Community College Transfer Path
US News - Jun 15, 2015
Community college is something many American students give very little thought. But for a growing number of individuals, the community college transfer path is a vital road to a bachelor's degree....
What is college fit?
Bay Area College Admissions Examiner - Jun 12, 2015
College fit is one of those terms that is used throughout the college counseling world. It will be a regular term students hear during their college search. However, what exactly does college fit mean? ....
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Countdown to College: Last-minute tips to make the most of your summer
Charlotte Observer  - Jun 14, 2015
What’s the best way for college-bound high school students to spend their summer? You might be surprised when I tell you that relaxing and having some fun is near the top of my list. But, let’s be clear, it isn’t the only thing on my list. . ...
Summer is risky time for college-bound students
St. Louis Post-Dispatch  - Jun 15, 2015
They don’t know it yet, but a good many of the promising high school graduates who have applied and been accepted to college won’t actually make it there. . ...
Summer Jobs That May Boost Your SAT Score
SAT Prep Examiner - Jun 11, 2015
The end of the school year ushers in warmer weather, time to rest and relax, and well-earned freedom. For some students, summer is also the season of full- or part-time employment...
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A favorite college essay tip
The College Solution  - Jun 14, 2015
I’ve looked at plenty of college essays over the years and the vast majority of them have been b-o-r-i-n-g. The mediocre essays that I’ve seen have usually been guilty of one or more of these no-no’s: . ...
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Jun 18, 2015
Summer Shaky Time for College Bound Seniors
Many of you have heard of the concept of “summer melt”. This is the number of college-bound students who don’t show up on college campuses in the fall. For some, this is because they changed colleges;.. More

College counselors reflect on student challenges, changing times
Crain's Cleveland Business - Jun 13, 2015
Jennifer Fisher, director of college counseling at University School in Hunting Valley, said the college process is so much more complex today than it was in the past, making the job of college counselors even more important.....
Guidance counselors serve a higher purpose
Inquirer - Jun 15, 2015
The continuing public conversation on K to 12 invariably revolves around the consequences that the additional two years of schooling will bring to bear on the learner, the family and the existing education infrastructure especially at the tertiary level....
Guidance counselors need help, too
Courier-Journal - Jun 15, 2015
The role of a high school guidance counselor has evolved rapidly in the past few decades, becoming an even more essential component of a student’s path to education beyond high school...

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The Importance of Freshman Orientation... For Teens AND Parents
TeenLife - Jun 15, 2015
It is an exciting time for the whole family when a daughter or son begins college. This is not only a transition from one phase of education to the next, but the beginning of a student’s first year away from home and, in many cases, the parents’ first year with an “empty nest.”....
The best thing parents can do to help prevent sexual assault? Talk about it.
Washington Post - Jun 16, 2015
What’s a parent to do? A new Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that one in five young women who attended college in the past four years say they have been sexually assaulted.....
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College Admissions: SAT Plagued With Issues
GoLocalProv College Admissions - Jun 15, 2015
Students prepare for weeks, months, and some for years. Parents can spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on tutors and prep courses. Then, SAT test day arrives. There is an assumption that the test administration will run smoothly; that assumption is flawed ....
College Board waiving fee for students who took June 6 SAT and want to take it again
Washington Post - Jun 16, 2015
The College Board said late Monday night that it will now waive fees for any student in the United States who took the June 6 SAT but wants to retake it because of irregularities with the administration of the exam. ....
Should juniors to take the current SAT to avoid taking the redesigned SAT?
NY Test Prep Examiner - Jun 15, 2015
In March 2016, a "redesigned" SAT will replace the "new" SAT that has been in place since its last redesign in 2004. Heralding the rollout of this exam, the "redesigned" PSAT will be offered in October 2015 to all sophomores and juniors.....
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10 Colleges Where Upperclassmen Get Less Financial Help
US News - Jun 16, 2015
It's the dirty little secret that can end up walloping prospective students in the wallet. Experts call it "front-loading" – when a university's financial aid department beefs up freshman aid packages with institutional money, in an effort to reel in admitted students, but decreases that aid in subsequent years. ..
The 7 Best Resources For Finding Help Paying For College
Forbes - Jun 17, 2015
There are a lot of resources out there when it comes to how to best pay for college. There are blogs on financial aid, websites that find scholarships, along with coaches, financial planners, and more ..
Don't Count Out Scholarships for Community College Students
US News - Jun 11, 2015
Community colleges have been generating a lot of press lately and got a major boost when President Barack Obama unveiled America's College Promise ..
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I Got a Good Job Right Out of High School Thanks to CTE
Huffington Post - Jun 11, 2015
Not many people can say they got a job -- a good job, the kind that marks the beginning of a real career -- right out of high school. But I can.s....
New standards set for ag education
Brownfield Ag News - Jun 15, 2015
The National Council for Agricultural Education released new educational standards to better prepare students for careers in agriculture, food and natural resources. The revisions include input from educators, industry and state leaders....
Partnership merges high school AP courses, applied science
in.chalkbeat.org  - Jun 2, 2015
Should top students who are interested in both career technology fields, like engineering, and advanced academic courses, like physics, have to choose between them?..
Archives - CTE
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Student Athletes

College Admissions: More Athletic Recruiting Tips
GoLocal PDX College Admissions  - Jun 17, 2015
September 1st or July 1st are big days for many student/athletes. For most sports, September 1 at the beginning of junior year is the first time that a coach can proactively contact them. For Swimming & Diving, Track & Field or Cross Country ...
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VTDigger - Jun 12, 2015
The Vermont State Colleges system is being squeezed by stagnant state appropriations and a decline in the number of Vermont students going on to higher education....
Higher Education Committee approves N.J. bill inspired by Snooki
USA Today - Jun 12, 2015
Jersey Shore may have gone off the air in 2012, but reality star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is still inspiring New Jersey bills three years later.....
New Jersey Fiscal Stress Haunts Public Colleges’ Building Boom
Bloomberg - Jun 12, 2015
New Jersey’s fiscal struggles are threatening the credit standing of its public colleges as they borrow to modernize campuses and stem the tide of students heading out of state.....
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Teen Behavior

Underage drinking is down: Are teens partying less? (+video)
The Christian Science Monitor.  - Jun 16, 2015
Kids these days: They're actually relatively well-behaved. A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reveals that the rates of underage drinking among young people ages 12 to 20 fell from 28.8 percent in 2002 to 22.7 percent in 2013. ...
Legalizing Medical Pot May Not Raise Teen Use
WebMD  - Jun 16, 2015
TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When states legalize medical marijuana, this does not lead to greater use of the drug by teens, a new study suggests. The findings are published June 15 in The Lancet Psychiatry. ...
Disagreeable Teens Fail To Understand Their Blind Spots, Research Reveals
WebMD  - Jun 16, 2015
Disagreeable teens tend to grow up into disagreeable adults. A 10-year study finds that disagreeable teens often have no awareness that their behavior is harming their relationships. ...
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