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Big Picture

What Is the Future of Higher Education?
The Atlantic  - Dec 30, 2015
A bachelor’s degree is more valuable than ever before, and yet college enrollment in the United States is on the decline. As the economy has improved and tuition has increased, more young adults have sought options outside of higher education. .....
China downturn, increased competition could affect supply of foreign students
Hechinger Report  - Jan 4, 2016
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Pursuing her dream of a Hollywood digital animation job, Nancy Wennan Zhang did the same thing thousands of other Chinese students do: She went to an American college.....
More College Credit in High School May Be a Way to Boost On-Time Four-Year Graduation Rate
Washington Monthly  - Jan 4, 2016
One educational mystery is exactly why it’s so much harder to graduate from college in four years these days. Back in the 1970s, almost 60 percent of eventual bachelor’s degree recipients graduated within four years of finishing high school. By the 1990s, that had dropped to under 45 percent.....
The Debate Over The College Admissions Process
Forbes  - Dec 26, 2015
First, my thoughts are with all those Seniors who are stressing as they work to meet January 1 deadlines. To them, all I can offer is, “This too shall pass.” Next on my mind is a debate concerning what the New Year will bring to those who are now Juniors.....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

A Glimpse Inside The College Admissions Process
WGBH.org  - Dec 29, 2015
Behind closed doors, inside a tiny conference room at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, the admissions committee is preparing to review 23 applications. They’ll spend about two minutes on each application before deciding whether to accept or deny admissions to applicants, or place their application on hold.....
Should you pick a college based on earnings potential?
Reuters  - Jan 4, 2016
NAs high school seniors across the United States fill out college applications, many will run a cost-benefit analysis of the cost of a school against the lifetime earnings potential of a degree from there. But that is not the only equation to consider...
Countdown to College: Things to think about in the new year
Charlotte Observer  - Jan 4, 2016
New Year’s is a time for resolutions and reorganization. If you’re the parent of a high school freshman or sophomore – but particularly if you’re the parent of a junior – now is the time to understand and start implementing the college timeline....
Calling all high school juniors: Tips to maximize the college app process
USA Today  - Dec 28, 2015
New Year’s is a time for resolutions and reorganization. If you’re the parent of a high school freshman or sophomore – but particularly if you’re the parent of a junior – now is the time to understand and start implementing the college timeline....
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Facing down a deferral
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Dec 30, 2015
Harvard College deferred 4673 applicants to regular decision out of 6173 students who applied “single-choice” early action this fall. Brown deferred 63 percent of its 3030 binding early decision candidates, while MIT deferred 4776 of its 7767 early action applicants and Yale deferred 53 percent of its early applicants.....
More students apply early for college
Atlanta Journal-Constitution  - Dec 25, 2015
MacKenzie Tobin thought the cameras were filming her lab partner so she made sure to give them space. School administrators told students the crew was there from a state magazine to interview students and highlight the school for their academic achievements. Little did Tobin know, it was all a ruse: The crew was from the University of Georgia and they were there for her...
Archives - Early/Defer
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Campus Visits/Interviews/Fairs

8 Strategies to Make the Most of a Spring Break College Tour
Huffington Post  - Jan 5, 2016
Thinking about taking your high school junior on a college tour this spring? The timing is usually ideal, with students starting to engage more seriously in the college discussion and ready to get a firsthand look at promising schools. And many colleges are in session, which allows for a more vibrant and real-life look at these schools than summer timing would....
5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do During College Visits
Her Campus  - Dec 27, 2015
College visits are an extremely important part of the college decision process. Often, visiting a campus can help you form an idea of what you are looking for in a college. Standard tours and sitting in on classes are pretty common, but there’s much more you can do while on a college tour....
Archives - Visits/Interviews/Fairs
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Students With Disabilities

I'm a College Student With Disabilities. Here's What It's Like
Huffington Post  - Jan 5, 2016
First things first: I have a very rare neurological disorder (as in 50-cases-in-the-world rare) that renders me unable to feel pain, temperature and touch in the same way most people do. I don't have reflexes and can't regulate my own body temperature. I'm deaf....
College is for kids with disabilities
MetroWest  - Dec 27, 2015
The Globe wrote an excellent story a few weeks ago about the College Steps program, which allows students with intellectual disabilities to attend college for the first time....
Archives - Students With Disabilities
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Jan 7, 2016
You Did What Over Break?
Colleagues, it’s time to chat. Like most of you, I’ve just returned from a long school vacation, one of the best perks of being an educator, and one of the best parts of having Christmas on a Friday.. More

HSCW Sponsor Blog - The 2016 SC|CS Scholarship Application is now open for submissions
Post - Jan 1, 2016
Applicants will be eligible to receive a SC|CS 2016 scholarship to cover ASCA 2016 registration costs at their member rate (no more than $369).....
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The Pre-College Checklist for Worried Parents
Huffington Post  - Jan 6, 2016
This is an exhaustive checklist for worried parents of high school children and college freshman. This is not a checklist for easy-going, flying-by-the-seat-of-our-pants parents. It is not for the faint of heart....
New parents' trap: The college loans of their children
Sentinel and Enterprise  - Dec 27, 2015
Some west-central Illinois school superintendents say they are frustrated by the state’s decision to switch from the ACT to the SAT to test student college readiness, mostly because many colleges still rely on the old test for determining who to accept...
Parents Play Role in Preventing Teen Violence
PsychCentral  - Dec 31, 2015
In a new study that involved focus groups with African-American and Latino parents regarding teen violence, researchers found that, overall, Latino parents condoned fighting only as a last resort while some African-American parents stated that fighting is sometimes a necessary evil....
Archives - Parents
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10 ways the SAT will change in 2016
USA Today  - Jan 4, 2016
The College Board will be launching a revamped SAT test in March, with promises to strengthen the test’s predictive validity and more closely reflect the skills that college students really need. While many of the changes make sense...
2015 PSAT/NMSQT® scores debut tomorrow (Today)
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Jan 6, 2016
Results from the first test in the newly redesigned College Board suite of assessments officially made their way to high school counseling offices today, and PSAT/NMSQT® scores from October will publicly debut for student review tomorrow—January 7, 2016...
The SAT, now the No. 2 college test, pushes to reclaim supremacy
Washington Post  - Dec 24, 2015
The SAT, once the nation’s dominant college admission exam, fell behind the ACT in recent years after its rival locked up huge swaths of the market through contracts to provide testing in public schools and more students in the Washington area and elsewhere realized that top colleges and universities would accept either test....
The redesigned SAT: What parents & students should know
Charlotte Observer  - Jan 4, 2016
Some west-central Illinois school superintendents say they are frustrated by the state’s decision to switch from the ACT to the SAT to test student college readiness, mostly because many colleges still rely on the old test for determining who to accept...
Three letters — ACT or SAT — a big challenge
EdWeek MyJournalCourier.com  - Jan 3, 2016
Some west-central Illinois school superintendents say they are frustrated by the state’s decision to switch from the ACT to the SAT to test student college readiness, mostly because many colleges still rely on the old test for determining who to accept...
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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How To Fill Out FAFSA 2016: Tips For Students Applying For College Financial Aid
International Business Times  - Jan 1, 2016
Friday isn't just the first day of the new year — it's also the first day students can file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, for 2016-17. The FAFSA is used to distribute $150 billion to people enrolled or enrolling in college, so you don't want to miss out.....
3 Reasons You Should Fill Out the FAFSA—No Matter How Rich You Are
TIME  - Jan 6, 2016
Many middle class families don’t want to bother with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known to its friends as the FAFSA, because they have heard that only students from families earning less than about $50,000 get federal grants.....
What Is the CSS Profile and Will You Need It to Get Financial Aid?
TIME  - Dec 23, 2015
The last thing you may want is another form to fill out. But if you're applying to certain colleges or scholarship programs, it could be a must....
College Students, Parents: Here are Common FAFSA Mistakes to Avoid
eCreditDaily  - Jan 4, 2016
With the new year comes the not-so-appealing, but critically important task, of filling out the annual FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)....
Lights, Camera, FAFSA!
Teen Life Blog  - Dec 29, 2015
et Reel: 5 Movie-Inspired Tips for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. If college is in your future, filing the FAFSA is the most important thing you can do to get money to help pay for it. It’s the gateway to all forms of federal financial aid, including grants, loans, and work-­?study programs. ...
Archives - FinAid
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Salvaging Education in Rural America
The Atlantic - Han 5m 2016
Alvin C. York Agricultural Institute sits in the heart of Fentress County, Tennessee, high on the Cumberland Plateau within spitting distance of the Kentucky border...
How Oregon is investing in the next generation of blue collar workers
PBS Newshour - Jan 3 2016
Over the next decade, economists and business leaders say America faces a shortage of millions of skilled workers for blue collar jobs as Baby Boomers retire. Now, Oregon is planning ahead by ramping up efforts to train Generation X'ers...
Archives - CTE
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Student Athletes

Recruiting Column: Top 2 questions of 2015 - Am I really being recruited? If not, why not?
USA Today HSS - Dec 30, 2015
2015 was a great year for our recruiting partnership with USA Today High School Sports. I am very appreciative to them for the opportunity. The response and reaction to our articles, interviews and weekly recruiting tips has been fantastic...
College Admissions: The Real Danger in Being a High School Athlete
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Jan 4, 2016
As millions of families in the U.S. spend thousands of dollars annually on travel teams, sports camps and athletic trainers for their kids, there is a risk that no one really talks about. It’s not concussions (although they are very concerning) or any other physical injury...
Archives - Student Athletes
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State sets penalties for schools with high exam ‘opt-out’ rates,
CT Mirror  - Dec 29, 2015
School districts where more than 10 percent of students miss required statewide exams for a second consecutive year will lose funding and may have their performance ratings downgraded....
Scholarship promotes NJ colleges
Courier Post  - Jan 5, 2016
CAMDEN - A pilot program for Camden high schoolers aims to keep the students learning in New Jersey when they go to college......
Interim Pennsylvania budget cuts college grant funds
Tribune-Review  - Dec 29, 2015
Pennsylvania college students awaiting long-overdue state grants might receive smaller awards once the checks finally arrive. An interim state budget signed this week reduced funding for the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance...
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To stop bullying, get the popular kids on board
Los Angeles Times  - Jan 6, 2016
st efforts to end bullying -- the PSAs, assemblies and high-level policy discussions -- come from adults. But what if students had a say? In 2012, Princeton psychology and public affairs professor Elizabeth Levy Paluck and her fellow researchers decided to test that idea: They gave the students the power to tackle bullying, almost on their own.....
Bullying During Teen Years Linked To Long-Term Health Problems
TechTimes  - Jan 3, 2016
Being bullied during teen years is linked to health problems in adulthood, a new study says. Researchers found that physical and emotional bullying are tied to problems like abdominal pain, backaches, headaches, poor body image and dizziness in adulthood.....
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