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How top U.S. colleges hooked up with controversial Chinese companies
Reuters  - Dec 2, 2016
New Oriental, China’s biggest private educator, has been accused of academic fraud. Thanks to two enterprising Americans, it has also gained access to leading U.S. college admissions officers....
Colleges face a new reality, as the number of high schools graduates will decline
Hechinger Report  - Dec 6, 2016
The nation’s colleges and universities will soon face a demographic reckoning: A new report projects that the total number of high school graduates will decline in the next two decades, while the percentage of lower-income and nonwhite students will increase....
Is College Worth It? Recent Grads Share Their Experiences
NPR.org - Dec 1, 2016
When young adults set out to pick a college back in 2010 and 2011, they were making a decision of a lifetime amid big financial obstacles: soaring tuition and the great recession.....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Why High School Students Should Seek Out Peer Mentors for College Applications
Teen Vogue  - Dec 2, 2016
When Ling Ritter applied early decision one of her top college choices, she had doubts about her ability to get in, but her guidance counselor told her she had a strong enough profile that the school would either accept or defer her, but not deny....
College Admissions: Why GPA’s Lie
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Dec 5, 2016
Every year, we hear the sad stories of students with seemingly high GPAs who were rejected from most of their colleges. While SAT/ACT scores and extra-curriculars may tell part of the story, one of the biggest reasons is GPA....
How To Make Deadlines Work For You
Forbes  - Dec 6, 2016
“Welcome to grown-up life.” It’s one of my favorite things I tell my students. While applying to college is a right of passage, it’s also many students’ first encounters with the demands they will encounter in the professional world. As the co-founder of a company that prepares high school students for college, ...
How Students Can Balance College Applications With Holiday Fun
WBUR.org - Here & Now - Dec 6, 2016
December is a busy time for all of us. But it's perhaps busiest for high school seniors and their families. Many are struggling to finish their college applications by the Jan. 1 deadline,....
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How to Deal with Early Decision News, Good or Bad
Her Campus - Dec 7, 2016
If you’re applying to schools early, you’re likely to be feeling anxious about recent or upcoming deadlines, as well as the prospect of upcoming acceptance or deferral letters. ....
5 Pieces of Real Talk About Getting Rejected from Your Early Decision School
Her Campus - Dec 3, 2016
You open your email one December evening to see a new unread message from your dream college with “Your Application Status” in the title, screaming at you in the characteristic bold letters that indicate a message that has yet to be seen.....
Regroup After an Early Admission College Rejection
US News - Dec 5, 2016
There are two potential advantages to early decision and early action. If it succeeds, you gain entry to your first-choice college with a single application. If not, you gain valuable data that will improve your regular admissions chances....
Archives - Early
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Ten Last Minute Tips For Crushing The College Application Essay
Forbes - Dec 2, 2016
College application deadlines are creeping up on students like Marley’s ghost in A Christmas Carol, so I’ll keep this entry about application essays short and to the point, hoping they can avoid his fate (“I wear the chain I forged in life! I made it link by link and yard by yard!”)...
5 Fast Starts To A Great Essay
VOA News - Dec 6, 2016
The first paragraph of a college essay, or any essay, is usually the most challenging. It’s also the most important, because it will guide the structure and set the tone of the entire essay. In a traditional essay, the first paragraph often contains the thesis statement. This thesis statement is a one-sentence summary of the paper’s main argument....

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Dec 8, 2016
New Year’s Resolutions Should Include Counselor PD
If any group knows the limits of New Year’s Resolutions, it’s school counselors. Like everyone else, we have friends whose December 31 plans for the perfect life are in tatters by January 2nd. But we also have the students who begin the new school year with plans to become the next Einstein.. More

For High Schoolers Brought To U.S. Illegally, Planning The Future Is Trickier Than Ever
WBUR.org - Dec 6, 2016
That’s an issue that high school counselors are navigating every day — and it’s often tricky, in light of the president-elect’s promise to defund programs like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals....
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4 college financial planning tips for parents of high school sophomores
Chicago Tribune - Dec 5, 2016
from filling out forms and writing essays to building a resume and gathering letters of recommendation, applying to college is a rigorous part of high school.....
Field Trip Helps Both Students And Parents Choose The Right College
University Herald - Dec 6, 2016
First generation college students, those who are the first in their family to apply to college after high school, often face the difficulty of making their way through the application process. And when their parents don't have any college experience, the challenge just gets tougher....
4 college financial planning tips for parents of high school sophomores
Chicago Tribune - Dec 2, 2016
If your child is a sophomore in high school now and you do some quick thinking before the end of this year, you may be able to save yourself thousands of dollars paying for college in a few years.....
7 Surprising College Costs No One Thinks to Budget For
Cheat-Sheet - Dec 2, 2016
You’ve researched tuition costs and know how much you’ll be charged for room and board, but if you thought your college bills stopped there, think again. From dorm room fridge rental to graduation fees, surprise expenses can add thousands of dollars to total college costs....
Archives - Parents
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Finally, the College Board makes it easier for students with disabilities to get SAT accommodations
Washington Post - Dec 2, 2016
For many years, students with disabilities and their counselors often complained about how hard it is to win testing accommodations during the administration of the SAT, Advanced Placement and other standardized exams from the College Board. ...
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Most high school students aren't applying for financial aid, study says
APR.org - MarketPlace - Dec 1, 2016
On average, less than half of high school students actually complete their financial aid forms, which means they could be losing out on money for college, according to the National College Access Network....
What to Know About Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
TeenVogue - Dec 5, 2016
Currently, millennials represent the most-educated generation in American history. Young people today know the value of a quality education, but as the price tag of post-secondary education continues to rise, young people are also well aware of how much education costs. As tuition continues to rise, students are becoming intimately familiar with financial aid, ....
How to Make the Most of Financial Aid: Tips to Getting the Best Scholarships
TeenLife Blog - Nov 30, 2016
There is great discussion among parents and students about whether or not college scholarship applications are worth it. Students complain about the time involved with seemingly little to show for it. ....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

Why businesses need to look beyond the four-year degree
Washington Post - Nov 28, 2016
Competency-based learning rethinks what an education should look like and can produce the type of job candidates that companies are looking to hire.....
The Loss of Technical Skills in America
Colorado College Catalyst - Dec 5, 2016
We all have that friend—the one who speaks four languages but can’t operate a coffee maker to save his life, or ours. Yet to some extent, we’re all that friend; we tap out 20-page papers on comparative literature, we debate the merits and shortcomings of various philosophical worldviews, and we excel in the biochemical laboratory, but if a faucet starts to leak, our only recourse is to call the plumber......
Archives - Athletic Recruitment
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If Massachusetts Were A Country, How Would Its Students Rank In The World?
WGBH.org - OnCampus  - Dec 6, 2016
Every three years, half a million 15-year-olds from dozens of education systems around the world take the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), which measures their proficiency in reading, math and science....
Delaware high school job skills program grows
Tribune News Service - Dec 1, 2016
High School students who are interested in becoming nurses, teachers, or environmental scientists could get a head start on job training thanks to an expansion of a state workforce preparation program. ,....
College Connection: Student volunteerism is a highly esteemed quality
MyCentralJersey - Dec 5, 2016
Volunteerism is alive and well among young people in New Jersey, which comes in very handy when it’s time to apply for college admission. Students who have not yet become engaged in “giving back” can likely find an activity of interest on the Jersey Cares website which features activities to suit almost any personality.....
State subcommittee recommends career education improvements
GoErie.com - Dec 4, 2016
Helping employers find qualified workers should be a priority for state legislators in 2017. That's according to members of a House subcommittee charged with finding better ways to train Pennsylvania's workforce.....
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Teens Depression

"Very promising" findings on what helps teens with depression
CBS News - Dec 2, 2016
For teens, depression can affect more than their relationships and educational achievement — it can harm their future prospects. But a new study suggests that many of these young people could reap long-term benefits from psychological counseling.....
Teen Depression On Rise In US
Chicago Tribune - Dec 2, 2016
Depression is rising among teenagers in the United States, especially among girls, a new study finds. Between 2005 and 2014, the percentage of teens (ages 12 to 17) who reported having a major depressive episode increased from 8.7 percent to 11.3 percent, according to a November study published in the journal Pediatrics......
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