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The New College Scorecard: NPR Does Some Math
NPR.org - Sep 21, 2015
The Obama Administration's long awaited, and slightly-different-than-planned College Scorecard is open ... for interpretation...
The Empty Promises of For-Profit Colleges
The Atlantic - Sep 15, 2015
In the past 15 years, students at schools such as Corinthian and University of Phoenix have taken out loans at drastically higher rates. What are they getting for their money?..
College rankings crush liberal arts education. It's time to revalue it.
Washington Post - Sep 22, 2015
For college educators, September is now shaped by the thunderclaps of rankings, each with its own data, fanfare and false hierarchies...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

How a 'high school profile' makes or breaks a college application
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Sep 21, 2015
Encouraged by changes in membership policies implemented by the Common Application for 2015, a significant number of colleges streamlined admissions requirements and eliminated elements of what was once considered a “standard” application...
Can a Bad First Few Years of High School Affect Your College Chances?
Slate - Podcast  - Sep 21, 2015
Host Julie Lythcott-Haims and expert Parke Muth answer listener questions. Plus, we hear how some of the parents of our 12th graders are feeling as the school year begins.....
How College Applicants Can Brag (Modestly)
Huffington Post - Sep 22, 2015
In Cosmo magazine polls of qualities that women most dislike in men, one almost always tops the list: arrogance. As with romance, so with just about every other type of relationship. Until you get to be Donald Trump - or you find yourself in a shouting match with Donald Trump - arrogance is rarely an asset. Good kids, like other good humans, are generally modest....
Get Letters of Recommendation as a Home-Schooled Applicant
US News  - Sep 21, 2015
When home-schooled students apply for college, the process is pretty similar to what teens from traditional school backgrounds go through. Home-schoolers may write personal statements, take the SAT or ACT and submit a transcript....
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Ask Yourself These 4 Questions Before You Apply Early Decision
USNews  - Sep 21, 2015
Colleges typically offer two early admissions options – early action, in which students receive a nonbinding offer of admission, and early decision, in which students, if accepted, must attend the college in question....
Early Decision statistics every applicant should see
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Sep 21, 2015
Binding Early Decision (ED) is one of several admissions weapons colleges use to control evaluative metrics like “selectivity” and “yield” employed by outside organizations seeking to rank or otherwise pass judgement on the quality of an institution....
Making sense of early action, early decision, other deadlines
Tyler Paper  - Sep 22, 2015
“Early” application deadlines have been mushrooming in popularity the past few years, in large part because early submissions appeal to both universities and prospective freshmen....
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College visit options defined
Bay Area College Admissions Examiner - Sep 22, 2015
Visiting colleges you are considering is a very important part of the college search process. For most of your life, what school you attended was not a big decision. Most students attended the closest public school. Other students went to private school, but even then, there were not many choices. ....
College fair answers questions for students and parents
Bay Area College Admissions Examiner - Sep 22, 2015
Visiting colleges you are considering is a very important part of the college search process. For most of your life, what school you attended was not a big decision. Most students attended the closest public school. Other students went to private school, but even then, there were not many choices. ....
Archives - Visiting/Interviews
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Sep 24, 2015
A Quick Refresher on Counselor Letters for Colleges
Most high school counselors are enjoying a very small window of change. With the challenges of schedule changes behind them, counselors are now gearing up for writing letters of recommendation for college applications. More

Going to NACAC?

Stop by Booth #224 0n Friday October 2 at 10:15 AM to meet Patrick O'Connor and have him sign his new book College Counseling for School Counselors. more information

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What to Do If Your Child Drops Out of College
US News  - Sep 18 2015
So your kid gave college the old college try, but he or she didn't make the grade. Your child is dropping out. Given how important a college degree can be to one's career, not to mention one's self-growth,..
I Said We'd Never Hire a College Admissions Adviser. Then We Did.
New York Times - Motherlode Blog  - Sep 20, 2015
As I watched my friends with teenagers begin the college search process, I quietly judged those who hired a college admissions adviser. Certainly the admissions process is hard, but hiring someone to help your kid through the process? ...
How To Make The Most Of Your 10 Minutes With The Teacher
NPR.org - Sep 17, 2015
So you finally get the chance to meet one-on-one with your child's teacher — now what? Like a good Scout, be prepared: Educators agree that doing your homework before a parent-teacher conference can make a big difference. ...
Physical and financial college prep safety pointers
Long Island College Prep Examiner  - Sep 22, 2015
Concern about safety comes with the parenting territory. For parents of the college-bound, the word safety encompasses both the physical and the financial varieties. Fortunately, the following safety tips for the former also apply to the latter, making it easier to teach....
Keys to staying well on campus
Charlotte Observer  - Sep 21, 2015
They're gone. All summer long, you worried about their dorm room, what classes they'd take, how they'd adjust socially, if they would run out of money and if they would be homesick. Guess what? They're fine....
Archives - Parents
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It's time for admissions to stop requiring the SAT completely
Daily Trojan - Sep 20, 2015
Cornell College joined a growing number of U.S. universities last week in dropping the SAT or ACT as a requirement in admissions. Given that studies show that the ability of standardized tests to accurately predict ...
How the College Board changed its standardized testing approach
Education Dive - Sep 22, 2015
From the frequency of its use to the high stakes attached to it, standardized testing is among the biggest hot-button topics in education today. T...
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Learning Disabilities

College Admissions: Strategies for ADD/ADHD and LD Students
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Sep 21, 2015
or students with learning disabilities (LDs), finding the right college can be a difficult task. Most estimates put the attrition rate for LD and ADD/ADHD students in college at about 50%. It's a staggering statistic that too many parents discover after the failure has occurred.....
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Questions Families Need to Ask About Paying for College
Wall Street Journal  - Sep 21, 2015
When parents and children talk about applying for colleges, they consider all sorts of factors: the school's prestige, the location, even the food in the dormitories. But often there's one thing that never is on the agenda: How are we going to pay for this? ...
When It Comes to Financial Aid, “Show me the money!”
TeenLife Blog - Sep 21, 2015
Parents and students are always looking for ways to pay the least amount of money for college. It's even more important as costs keep rising and students face increasing student debt loads...
Did you just win a college scholarship? Or not? Marketing can be deceptive
USA Today - Sep 20, 2015
What high school student wouldn't love to pick up the phone and hear that he or she has been selected for a $20,000 scholarship? The college wasn't on your radar. But then again, that's probably why you just got that call....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education Gets an Upgrade: Case Studies From Around the World
EdWeek (registration rquired) - Sep 17, 2015
Many people are recognizing the value of high-quality career and technical education (CTE) for the nation's economic future, and several examples are well-publicized. International education consultant and former OECD analyst Vanessa Shadoian-Gersing shares how CTE models around the world ...
Vocational Training Makes for Better Paid, Better Prepared Workers
Huffington Post - Sep 22, 2015
America needs a 21st century workforce to better compete in the global economy. And the Teamsters are doing their part to make sure workers have the training they require so they can join the workforce of the future....
Archives - CTE
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New Resources

Announcing the 2015 Guide to Performing & Visual Arts Colleges
TeenLife Blog - Sep 18, 2015
Let the 2015 Guide to Performing & Visual Arts Colleges help. The guide, published by TeenLife Media in cooperation with the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), has wisdom and tips for all kinds of arts students, whether you're into violin or digital lighting, musical theater or screen prints, sound engineering or ballet....
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Rhode Island's Promise Helps Students and State Stay the Course
Rhode Island College News - Sep 21, 2015
In an effort to make college education more affordable, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo detailed her administration's Rhode Island's Promise scholarship program at a recent press conference held at RIC....
MCAS Scores Rise As State Also Releases First PARCC Results
WBUR.org - Sep 21, 2015
BOSTON — At most grade levels, a higher percentage of students scored proficient or higher on the 2015 MCAS tests than in 2014, according to figures released Monday. In addition, the same proportion of sophomores — 88 percent — passed this year's test on their first try as did in 2014.. ...
New Delaware school safety plans in place
Delaware Online - Sep 22, 2015
Every school in Delaware now has a comprehensive safety plan that covers everything from an armed intruder or a fire to a medical emergency or a plane crash. ...
State Education Board Clarifies New Rules Around School Consolidation
Vermont Public Radio - Sep 22, 2015
School boards, administrators and parents confused by Vermont's new education reform law got some clarification last week from the State Board of Education. ...
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Teen Dating

'Video Challenge' gives teens voice against dating violence
WGEM - Sep 21, 2015
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Roughly 1.5 million teens suffer from at least one form of dating violence every year in the U.S. according to dosomething.org. As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence is asking teens across the state to be the faces and voices of awareness and prevention. ..
Patriots give $500K to fight teen dating violence
WCVB.com -  - Sep 15, 2015
BOSTON —The New England Patriots Foundation is donating $500,000 to fight teenage dating violence. Attorney General Maura Healey announced a new partnership called “Game Change: The Patriots Anti-Violence Partnership,” which takes a multi-faceted approach to violence prevention education ..
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