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Colleges Really Need to Rethink the Career Advice They Deliver
The Atlantic - Dec 15, 2016
Colleges and universities are spending too much time admitting students and not enough time on the exit process after the last finals are handed in and the graduation caps tossed....
College and university enrollment is down for fifth straight year
Hechinger Report  - Dec 19, 2016
College and university enrollment fell during the semester just coming to an end, marking a fifth straight year of decline. ....
Does financial aid really drive up tuition?
Marketplace  - Dec 14, 2016
n 1987, William Bennett wrote a piece in the New York Times with the headline “Our Greedy Colleges.” Bennett was the U.S. Secretary of Education at the time, and he argued that increases in federal financial aid had allowed colleges ....
Ending Extracurricular Privilege
The Atlantic  - Dec 21, 2016
One day in the summer of 2015, I sat in a small conference room in Tribeca, watching the reality show Dance Moms with Richard Weissbourd, a renowned Harvard psychologist....
Students Who Get Better Career Guidance Remember College More Fondly
NPR.org  - Dec 15, 2016
Of all of the departments universities cultivate, career services could be the most important. A new survey of 11,483 college graduates, for the Gallup-Purdue Index, found graduates who reported "very helpful" campus career-services experiences ....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Benefits of large schools
Tribune News Service  - Dec 21, 2016
To the casual observer, news from large colleges and universities is often more focused on athletic championships and unfortunate scandals. Big schools are frequently labeled negatively as institutions that are obsessed with sports and partying and/or factories...
5 Myths About State Schools You Shouldn’t Believe
Her Campus  - Dec 12, 2016
Maybe you’ve dreamed of attending an Ivy League school your entire life, or maybe you’ve pictured yourself thriving at a small liberal arts college for years. ....
6 Tips to Finish College Applications on New Year’s Eve
US News  - Dec 19, 2016
For teenage procrastinators who wait until New Year's Eve to finish college applications due on Jan. 1, the night might not feel very festive. ....
College Apps are Due in Less Than Two Weeks... Last Minute Advice for Applicants
Hufington Post  - Dec 19, 2016
You may be stressed out as you run around town for last minute holiday preparation or gifts. Rest assured, your high school senior has much more anxiety associated with finalizing her college applications ....
5 Things You Need to Know Before You Submit Your College Applications
Teen Vogue  - Dec 20, 2016
When I applied to college, I was the first one in my family to apply using the Common Application. The pages of information seemed endless and overwhelming. If I had to do it over (and thankfully I don't), here is what I would do differently....
Five Strategies That Take Advantage Of Colleges' Enrollment Statistics
Forbes  - Dec 19, 2016
Several entries ago I recommended that students check colleges' past enrollment figures to assess their chances of being accepted this year. Institutions that haven't reached their goals for a few years will be very interested in applications from qualified students....
The 10 Best Ways to Manage Junior Year Stress
TeenLife  - Dec 15, 2016
Like other parents, Elena Selivan often wondered if her daughter Nikita, a junior at Lexington High School in Lexington, Mass., was really doing her homework or just twiddling her thumbs. ....
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The Plague of ‘Early Decision’
New York Times - Dec 21, 2016
As the moment of judgment neared, they barely slept, convinced that their very futures were on the line. Dread consumed them. Panic overwhelmed them.
If you've been deferred, do these 6 things
USA Today - Dec 16, 2016
The early decision and early action results started getting released last week — earlier than in previous years. If you were deferred from your “early” choice college and you desperately still want to go ..
Archives - Early
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Kiplinger's Best College Values
Kiplinger - Dec 12, 2016
Compare the 200 top values in liberal-arts colleges or private universities, or create your own custom lists of colleges from our rankings or schools from a particular state. Use the arrows at the top of any column of data to rank any list of colleges by cost and financial-aid measures. ...
Archives - Rankings
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Students with Disabilities

Getting Students With Autism Through High School, To College And Beyond
NPR.org - Dec 18, 2016
Colin Ozeki, 17, doesn't like to sugarcoat how autism spectrum disorder has affected his interactions with others, his emotions and his own self-confidence. ..
Archives - Students with Disabilities

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Dec 22, 2016
The Best of 2016, and Predictions for 2017
There are two great parts to the last day of school before December Break. The first one is the student who has the poise to wear fake reindeer antlers to school. It doesn’t matter what grade you teach— somewhere in your building, a kid is showing off his best Blitzen... More

Heeding research, states investing in school counselors
Education Dive - Dec 20, 2016
Education Week reports Minnesota, Tennessee, Colorado and Indiana are among the states spending more money on school counselors this year, following cuts driven by tight budgets during the Great Recession....
Students scramble as application season races down to the wire
Hechinger Report - Dec 14, 2016
BOSTON — By mid-November, Match High senior Aneudy Miguel Polanco has been late to school 15 times, but he’s quick with excuses. On top of a full college preparation schedule, he juggles baseball training and his job as a cashier at T.J. Maxx...
Why paying $6,000 for a college adviser is a bargain
Boston Globe - Dec 17, 2016
College in Canada? For disgruntled liberals, nervous minorities, and international students, the impending Trump presidency is adjusting college aspirations....
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Colleges Where It's Costly to Apply
US News  - Dec 20, 2016
With many families worried about the competition in college admissions, the number of submitted applications has soared in recent years. A recent report by the Higher Education Research Institute ....
Would you sell your prized possessions to pay for college?
Reuters  - Dec 19, 2016
Just how much would you give up for your children to go to their dream schools? For Seattle's Al Sanders, the answer was his precious stash of 5,000 comics starring everyone from the Avengers to Iron Man to the Fantastic Four....
Last-minute tax tips to save on college aid
CNBC  - Dec 15, 2016
If your child is currently a sophomore in high school, making a few last-minute tax moves this year could be the key to maximizing college financial aid down the line....
How to gift college aid to your grandkids
CNBC  - Dec 14, 2016
More than half of grandparents are currently contributing to a grandchild's college education, or are planning to do so, according to a report from Fidelity.....
Archives - Parents
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Hone Rhetorical Skills for Success on the ACT Reading Section
US News  - Dec 19, 2016
The ACT is a nearly three-hour exam with four sections – English, math, reading and science – plus an optional writing section that adds 40 minutes,....
Got PSAT score results? Prepping for future testing
Moonpark Acorn  - Dec 16, 2016
Students who took the PSAT in October should have their results by now. The test score report can help juniors create a plan for additional testing. Students with strong PSAT scores can relax a bit, knowing that they should be in good shape for the SAT.....
31 Great Colleges That Don’t Care About Your Lousy Test Scores
MONEY  - Dec 20, 2016
Try these schools if your SAT score stinks. An estimated one out of six students struggles with the standardized tests that are crucial to college admissions. Thanks to subpar SAT or ACT scores,....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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11 Common FAFSA Mistakes
The College Solution Blog - Dec 19, 2016
If your child will be heading to college next fall, you should be tackling the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and, if applicable, the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE now....
6 Costly Financial Aid Mistakes to Avoid
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Dec 19, 2016
If you have a senior in high school, the next few weeks are critical in the financial aid process. While federal financial aid deadlines (FAFSA) may stretch into the summer, college-based aid is most plentiful now. The longer you wait, the less money colleges....
Feds kick off loan counseling experiment on select college campuses
Washington Post - Dec 15, 2016
Despite the tens of thousands of dollars college students are allowed to borrow, debt that can define their financial lives for years, schools are obligated to provide only two counseling sessions before graduation....
Financial Aid Packages Are Out Early This Year. Here’s What You Need to Know.
Money Magazine - Dec 18, 2016
The letters may be based on estimated costs. This weekend, in mid-December, 10,000 students who’ve been accepted to Michigan State University received their financial aid letters in the mail. That’s roughly 12 weeks earlier than ever before.....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

More millennials are skipping college and choosing blue collar jobs instead
Sun Herald  - Dec 19, 2016
For years, the idea of going to college, getting a degree and parlaying that into a stable career was widely accepted as the best possible route for most young people in America. Now, that might no longer be the case.....
Why even community college is now out of reach for many students
MarketWatch  - Dec 19, 2016
A college education is increasingly becoming an unaffordable luxury for most families — even at a community college. In more than two-thirds of states, the share of the median family income required to attend a community college full-time grew by as much as 5% between 2008 and 2013....
Archives - Career & Technical Education
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College becoming less affordable for Maryland students
WTOP - Dec 15, 2016
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — During this past election cycle, presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton both highlighted increasing college debt as one of the most important issues in the country.....
Board of education looking to expand early college programs
WWLP - Dec 15, 2016
MALDEN, Mass. (State House News Service) – State education officials next month will decide whether to move ahead on an early college initiative that could serve up to 16,000 students and potentially help raise overall college completion levels and narrow opportunity gaps among students......
NJ Spotlight - Dec 18, 2016
They signed up for a program that deferred deportation — one that President-elect Trump wants to dismantle. Will the government use their personal data to track them down?.....
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Teen Health

Lots of teen screen time tied to obesity
Reuters - Dec 15, 2016
Too much television time has long been linked to childhood obesity, but a U.S. study suggests that the connection holds true for smaller screens too, such as computers, gaming consoles, tablets and smartphones.....
Why some teens won't talk to their doctor about sexual health issues
CBS News - Dec 19, 2016
Young people may abstain from seeking sexual and reproductive health care because they fear their parents will find out, a U.S. government report suggests....
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