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Have Public Universities Lost Their Focus?
The Atlantic  - Nov 27, 2016
Since the 1970s, a “doom loop” has pervaded higher education, writes Christopher Newfield in his new book The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them. Newfield, a professor of American studies at the University of California Santa Barbara, ..
Seeking students, public colleges reduce out-of-state prices
AP - Nov 27, 2016
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Graduating high school seniors: does the University of Southern Mississippi have a deal for you! The 14,500-student school has cut annual out-of-state tuition and fees from $16,529 this year to $9,964 next fall, even as it increases the cost for Mississippi residents by 4 percent, to $7,963. ..
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

This Could Be Your Best Way to Apply to College
TIME - Nov 27, 2016
5 reasons you should check out schools with rolling admissions programs. Each fall, students rush to submit college applications for early decision and early action deadlines by the end of November. This can be a stressful time for students, parents, teachers, and school counselors, ..
Keep Your Top College Choices On The Hook With These 6 Application Tips
Forbes - Nov 28, 2016
Thousands of eager students are putting the finishing touches on their college applications this weekend (or so their parents and counselors fervently hope). All the pesky scores and grades have been swatted down like gnats into their little squares. ..
Should your high school resume be high tech?
TeenLife - Nov 25, 2016
It’s still uncommon for students to use video and other media in college applications and colleges have mixed attitudes toward them. If, however, you want to spice up your high school resume, there are some college-ready platforms that can help.....
Don’t Confuse College Applications with a Lottery
The College Solution Blog - Nov 27, 2016
High-achieving students who apply every year to the Ivies and other elites schools have heard the grim statistics about how ridiculously hard it is to get into these schools. , ..
The Best State Schools for Out-of-Staters
TIME - Nov 23, 2016
Many parents today, perhaps recalling their own college search, assume that public universities will be a lot cheaper than private ones. But that’s often not the case anymore, especially for students applying outside their home states., ..
5 Tips for Dealing with Last-Minute College App Stress
Her Campus - Nov 26, 2016
In high school, the first semester of senior year is a college pamphlet-filled, application-loaded blur. Trying to get good grades, running around to extracurriculars and dealing with the college application process is a lot to handle! Of course, ..
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College Admissions: Handling Early Admission Rejection
GoLocalProv College Admissions Expert - Nov 23, 2016
For many seniors around the country, early admission returns have begun to roll in. For some, it is a time of exuberance because they have been accepted to their first choice college. But for others, it is a time of exasperation over deferrals, or worse, disappointment over rejection...
Revise Your College Admissions Essay for Reapplication Success
US News - Nov 28, 2016
Did your dream college reject your carefully crafted early action or early decision application? This is the bad news – but the good news is that, although rejection hurts, you have a second chance to reapply and restate your case with the regular application pool....
Archives - Early
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5 common mistakes in college admission essays and how to avoid them
Tribune News Service - Nov 23, 2016
While college essays are not the most important part of your application, they can be a tipping factor. So you want yours to stand out for college admissions officers who have to slog through piles of student submissions...
Write A College Admission Essay That Will Get You Straight To Your Dream University
University Herald - Nov 23, 2016
mmet Rosenfeld is a high school teacher at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia who also works as a writing consultant who coaches high school seniors in crafting their admission essays. Today, Emmet shares key points to writing the admission essay that will get you to the college of your dreams...
Archives - Essays
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Students with Disabilities

How to Prepare for College When You Have a Disability
Her Campus - Nov 23, 2016
If you have a disability, planning to attend college might seem like a nightmare — but in reality, with a bit of preparation, you can do anything you put your mind to. It’s important to know your rights as a disabled student and know what you have to do to get ready for the next stage in your life. ..
Millions Have Dyslexia, Few Understand It
NPR.org - Nov 23, 2016
"It's frustrating that you can't read the simplest word in the world." Thomas Lester grabs a book and opens to a random page. He points to a word: galloping. ..
Archives - Students with Disabilities

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Dec 1, 2016
The Crazy Time of a Crazy Year
I first heard someone say it at a New Year’s Eve party, many years ago. “I can’t wait to say goodbye to this year. It can’t leave soon enough.” My heart really went out to that person. It’s tough going through any challenging experience,.. More

High School Counselors Help Students Find a Path to College or Careers
Reporting Texas - Nov 14, 2016
William Borroso, a 2016 graduate of Lanier High School in Austin, considered applying to a university, but at the guidance of his campus’ college advisers, he decided to attend a community college instead...
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College’s hidden costs: What the admissions office doesn’t tell you
Washington Post - Nov 27, 2016
Whatever you think you know about college costs, you’re wrong. It’s going to cost more. Lots more. For many families, college’s hidden costs will probably be a prime topic of discussion this Thanksgiving weekend, when students filter home , ..
Eliminate 4 Expensive College Application Costs
US News - Nov 22, 2016
Applying to college can get expensive, fast. Between campus visits, standardized tests and application fees, families can spend hundreds of dollars on college before the acceptance letters start rolling in....
3 Ways Parents Can Help Depressed Teens Cope at School
US News - Nov 21, 2016
Teenage depression is on the rise, particularly among teenage girls, but mental health treatment among adolescents hasn't increased at the same rate, a new study suggests.....
Archives - Parents
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College Students Share Their Best SAT, ACT Test Strategies
US News - Nov 21, 2016
November is a tricky time of year, as many high school students are not only scrambling to prepare for final exams but are also faced with the final testing sessions of the year for the SAT and ACT.....
The SAT vs. the ACT -- neither is easy
Salem News - Nov 21, 2016
Students and parents offer a recurring refrain when referring to the SAT and ACT: “I like this test better than the other one.” Or, “This test is easier for my student than the other one.....
College Connection: Strategies for scoring high on the PSAT/SAT exams
myCentralJersey - Nov 18, 2016
If in doubt, choose answer “C.” That was the strategy offered to generations of college bound students as they prepared to face the intimidating SAT exam. Luckily, there is much better – and more accurate – advice available to today’s students!....
What Do The PSAT Results Mean?
TapInto - Nov 29, 2016
Fall 2016 PSAT results will be available Monday, Dec. 12 online for high school students and parents. This year, we anticipate that junior students’ percentile rankings will be lower than last year’s. Why?....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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How to Make the Most of Financial Aid: Tips to Getting the Best Scholarships
he Northwestern Examiner - Nov 17, 2016
When beginning the search for one’s perfect scholarship there are a lot of things to consider. There are plenty of scholarships out there, with many different options and benefits to choose from. With all the options, it’s hard to know which scholarships are right.....
College Corner: Simple Overview Of Financial Aid
Falmouth Enterprise - Nov 25, 2016
As a guidance counselor when I talk about financial aid, I try to follow the KISS philosophy. Not the philosophy of the band, KISS, but the acronym, which stands for “Keep It Simple, Stupid.” This especially applies when explaining college financial aid. I try my best to keep it simple....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

When it comes to career-training programs, for-profit schools don’t measure up, feds say
Washington Post - Nov 17, 2016
Graduates of career-training programs at public colleges earn nearly $9,000 more than those who attended comparable programs at for-profit institutions, according to a report released Thursday by the Education Department....
Career Technical Education: A working plan
Washington Times - Nov 26, 2016
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - As a freshman at Springfield High School, Leyah Krimbow dreaded going to class. “I used to ask my mom every morning if I could stay home,” Krimbow, now a 17-year-old senior, said over the phone Thursday. “I hated coming to school. The classes were pointless and boring, and I didn’t see why I had to go.”...
Archives - Career & Technical Education
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Student Athletes

The 3 most important things to give a college coach
USA Today HSS - Nov 30, 2016
During the offseason, many college coaches live out of their suitcase watching games, going to showcases and attending tournaments. When they aren’t on the road, they’re doing whatever they can to find quality athletes for their program ..
A Warning For Parents Who Think A Sports Scholarship Actually Covers College Costs
Forbes - Nov 22, 2016
Your child concentrated on one sport from an early age, you spent a lot of money to give him or her the best coaches and biggest advantages, and you did it — you beat the odds,....
Archives - Athletic Recruitment
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3,200 students on vocational education wait lists
Boston Globe - Nov 26, 2016
More than 3,000 students were on wait lists for vocational education programs in Massachusetts last year, evidence of growing demand for the specialized training that can help students find their way into well-paying careers in health care and manufacturing.,....
Early College Classes are Booming — Why Aren’t More Maine Students Graduating?
Maine Oublic Radio - Nov 28, 2016
With college trips, applications and financial aid deadlines approaching, the next few weeks will be stressful for many of Maine’s high school seniors...
VTDigger - Nov 28, 2016
Across the state, students in all grades who took standardized tests last spring had an easier time showing they were proficient in English than in math. In many Vermont high schools..
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Teen Dating Violence

CBS News - 48 Hours - Nov 19, 2016
Most parents of teenagers would never imagine that their kids could become victims of domestic abuse, but remarkably, it is an increasingly common occurrence. One young girl shared a very personal account of her experience with teenage dating violence in “48 Hours” Live to Tell: Sophia’s Secret...
1 in 7 young teens is a stalking victim: Survey
UPI - Nov 23, 2016
"Teen stalking is a public health issue. A lot of kids are being stalked," said Dennis Reidy, a behavioral scientist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's division of violence prevention....
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