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Big Picture

Why Is the College-Application Process So Complicated?
The Atlantic  - Jan 15, 2016
Jamal Trotman is a star at Eagle Academy for Young Men in Brooklyn. He made the All-State football team and was a team captain. He wants to be a journalist, and he’s interned at NBC and at the investment firm Blackstone......
5 Ways Elite-College Admissions Shut Out Poor Kids  - Jan 15, 2016
Take two 18-year-olds with equally stellar academic abilities. One comes from the socioeconomic bottom and one from the top. That lower-income student is one-third as likely to enroll in a selective college....
Rethinking College Admissions
New York Times - OpEd  - Jan 19, 2016
Over recent years there’s been a steady escalation of concern about the admissions process at the most revered, selective American colleges. And little by little, those colleges have made tweaks.....
Transparency in College Admissions Is Key to a Fair Policy on Race
Chronicle of Higher Ed  - Jan 17, 2016
Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court considered "Fisher II" — the court’s second hearing of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. Abigail Noel Fisher, a white applicant who was denied admission to UT-Austin.....
With college enrollment declining, schools discount tuition to attract students  - Jan 15, 2016
Nestled in rural Vermont, tiny Marlboro College is a self-described “intentionally small learning community.” But the school recently found that it had gotten a bit too small: ....
New Harvard report proposes major changes to college admissions: Get the details
NBC News - Today  - Jan 20, 2016
Should taking the SAT to get into college be optional? A new report released Wednesday and endorsed by more than 80 colleges and universities nationwide is recommending some stunning changes in the application process,....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

The Common App will no longer allow members to ask for college lists
DC College Admissions Examiner - Jan 15, 2016
A year ago, the Common Application was facing a problem. Todd Rinehart, associate chancellor for enrollment at the University of Denver and chair of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Admission Practices ..
Lots More College Admissions Officers Are Checking Your Instagram and Facebook
TIME  - Jan 14, 2016
So ditch the foul language or photos with red Solo cups. The likelihood that college admissions officers will check out your Instagram or Facebook in addition to your GPA and application essays is growing....
4 Myths About Liberal Arts Colleges You Shouldn’t Believe
Her Campus  - Jan 13, 2016
When you picture yourself going to college––a reality that is going to come true in the all-too-near future––there’s no limit to what you might see: tailgating before a football game, doing research at your school’s state-of-the-art engineering complex,...
Applicants Need To Know A College's Priorities
Forbes  - Jan 16, 2016
A recent Case Studies Program for seven Tampa Bay independent schools hosted by Berkeley Preparatory School required Juniors and their parents to read and consider three applicants to fictional “Prestigious University.”..
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3 Things To Do When You Get A College Rejection Letter
TeenLife Blog  - Jan 18, 2016
A recent Case Studies Program for seven Tampa Bay independent schools hosted by Berkeley Preparatory School required Juniors and their parents to read and consider three applicants to fictional “Prestigious University.”..
Preparing for Rejection; What to do if you Don't get Accepted to Your Dream School
Huffington Post  - Jan 15, 2016
Whether it's from the hot guy in class or your favored university, rejection hurts. As many high school seniors anxiously await acceptance letters from colleges and universities hopes - and anxiety levels - are high..
Archives - Early/Defer
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Campus Visits/Interviews/Fairs

Preparing for your college interview
SF College Admissions Examiner  - Jan 5, 2016
Many seniors, having submitted Regular Decision applications, now find themselves thinking about college interviews. It all seems daunting, not least because they are young and unaccustomed to dealing with an adult stranger on their own...
Samsung Business Insights (blog)  - Jan 19, 2016
When students prepare to apply to colleges, many of them plan in-person visits. These visits are often limited by the resources (both time and financial) each student has available. Some students can visit as many schools as they’d like,...
Archives - Visits/Interviews/Fairs
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Gap Year

Gap Years Create Successful Students
TIME  - Jan 14, 2016
Take a year off before college and explore. It can really work for you in the long run, says Ethan Knight, executive director of the American Gap Association....
Eight strategies for managing your teen’s ‘gap year’ experience
The Christian Science Monitor  - Jan 14, 2016
An increasing number of U.S. students are participating in a “gap year,” in which they take a break from their studies to explore the world, often right after graduating from high school. ....
Archives - Gap Year
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What happens to Special Needs students after high school?
Seattle Times  - Jan 13, 2016
For decades the state has tracked what happens to its special-needs students after they leave high school. But to what end? What’s reasonable to expect for the kids with autism, learning disabilities like dyslexia or difficulty regulating emotions?....
Unique program at UA helps students with intellectual disabilities
Tucson News Now  - Jan 16, 2016
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Project Focus, a program at the University of Arizona, is giving students with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to attend college, learn life skills and develop skills to enter the workforce. ....
Archives - Students With Disabilities
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Jan 21, 2016
A Change in Store for College Admissions?
It’s been called an academic arms race, the race to nowhere, the rush to rankings, and more. Thanks in large part to the ridiculous idea that there is one best college for everyone, applying to college has turned into a parody of Reality TV.. More

Jaevion Nelson: Guidance Counsellors Falling Short
Jamaica-Gleaner - Jan 20, 2016
It is an absolute shame that for many students, the guidance counsellor is the last person they would go to for support or assistance when they need it most. This has been the case for as long as I can remember and, seemingly, not much has been done to correct this situation.....
Making a Difference: Yuma Unified High School Counselors
KYMA  - Jan 20, 2016
The counselors of the Yuma Unified High School District are a part of an initiative, to ensure that every student that graduates is prepared to succeed in their post-high school goals and dreams....

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Why Wealthy Families Should Apply for College Financial Aid
Wall Street Journal  - Jan 15, 2016
Wealthy families should apply for college financial aid too. January is an important time for families to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or Fafsa. Jan. 1 was the first day people could file this U.S. Education Department form for the 2016...
Dangers that teens and kids face: A look at the data
Pew Research Center Report  - Jan 15, 2016
Worrying about your kids is one of the defining traits of being a parent. But the nature of that worrying varies considerably across demographic groups, according to a recent Pew Research Center report....
How To Crush Your Child's Dreams Like Your Parents Crushed Yours
Forbes  - Jan 17, 2016
At this time of year our office is deluged with calls from anxious parents. They want our advice on their high school seniors’ college plans....
Archives - Parents
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10 ways the SAT will change in 2016
US News  - Jan 18, 2016
As high school students start preparing their college application portfolios, ?many are confronted with the decision of whether to take Advanced Placement exams or SAT subject tests...
How to prepare for changes coming soon to the SAT college admissions test  - Jan 19, 2016
A bunch of changes are coming soon to the SAT, a college admissions test administered internationally multiple times each year. This is the first overhaul of the exam since 2005 but whether it will tamp down the test's capacity to induce panic among high school students remains to be seen....
How Parents, Teens Can Make Use of New PSAT Scores
US News  - Jan 18, 2016
High schoolers who took the precursor to the SAT in October began receiving their scores this month. But some test-takers of the recently redesigned Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, sponsored by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation?, met their results with confusion.?..
College Board problems PSAT/NMSQT score delays only a quarter received results
Canada Universities Examiner  - Jan 17, 2016
The College Board is still having problems releasing the PSAT/NMSQT scores for the October 2015 exam. The College Board officially released the results of their newly redesigned exam on their online system on Jan. 7, 2016,..
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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15 Financial Aid Terms Every College Student (and Parent) Should Know
TIME  - Jan 15, 2016
Paying for college is difficult enough. The fact that financial aid offices have a language all their own doesn’t make it any easier. Even the term “financial aid” can be confusing...
Countdown to College: Common financial aid mistakes
Charlotte Observer  - Jan 15, 2016
Soaring student debt, it’s a hot topic. Every presidential candidate is talking about it, and that’s because the average debt of a senior graduating from college is nearly $30,000....
The FAFSA, simplified
Spokane College Examiner  - Jan 14, 2016
What is the FAFSA? The Free Application for Federal Student Aid – it is a FREE form, so if you are on a website that asks you to pay – it is the wrong one!,..
Guest Commentary: Beware The College Financial Aid Letter - Learning Lab  - Jan 15, 2016
This is the time of year when students and their parents pack a light lunch or an overnight bag and head off to visit colleges. Some may be aware that these highly orchestrated guided tours are marketing tools...
Follow These January Steps for Scholarship Success
US News  - Jan 14, 2016
Over the next several months, prospective college students will finally know which schools have accepted their applications and, perhaps more importantly for many, how much financial aid – scholarships, grants, work-study and so forth – they will receive...
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Career and Technical Education

JPMorgan Chase takes aim at youth unemployment
CBS News - MarketWatch - Jan 19, 2016
Naomi Capellan goes to school in a hangar, much to her delight. The senior at Aviation High School in Queens, New York, is preparing for a career in aviation management....
Manitoba government announces more funding for vocational education
The Canadian Press - Jan 15, 2016
WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government is putting another $30 million into shops classrooms in the province's schools. The new or renovated spaces provide teens training for jobs in everything from broadcasting to plumbing....
Archives - CTE
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Student Athletes

Recruiting Column: Quit asking these questions
USA Today HSS - Jan 15, 2016
As a college planning resource for student-athletes, we at Playced get asked a ton of questions about the college recruiting process. From questions about when the recruiting process should start, to questions about what schools make sense for any given athlete,...
The NCAA's Hidden Influence on High Schools
Ed Week (registration required) - Jan 20, 2016
The politics and profit of high-profile college sports are well recognized, as is the determination of high school athletes and their parents to use athletic prowess as an advantage for college admission and financial aid....
Archives - Student Athletes
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Minnesota unveils plan to refinance student loans at lower rates
Minnesota Public Radio  - Jan 14, 2016
Nearly 500,000 Minnesotans carrying large amounts of student loan debt could be eligible for a new state-run refinancing program intended to cut interest rates and potentially save a borrower tens of thousands of dollars....
Iowa College Application Campaign Sees Record Year
Ottumwa Courier  - Jan 14, 2016
OTTUMWA — The number of students participating in Iowa College Aid’s College Application Campaign increased by 36 percent in 2015, continuing the growth of the agency’s 4-year-old program. The program is designed to increase the number of first-generation students and students from low-income families pursuing college degrees or other higher education credentials.....
Higher Ed Commission Updates College ROI Data
Inside Indiana Business - Jan 20, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has released updated return on investment calculations for colleges throughout the state. .....
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Teens And Technology Use
Philadelphia Sun Times  - Jan 19, 2016
The numbers are quite dramatic: nearly three-fourths of all teens have smartphones. One in four say they are online almost constantly. So if you are a parent you should know that tech-related threats have increased. Many parents are expressing concerns...
Cyberbullying Risk Is Much Higher For Young Women And Moderate Internet Users
Medical Daily  - Jan 19, 2016
Cyberbullying has become an unfortunate reality of the digital age, with around a quarter of adolescents reporting cases of bullying or harassment through social media...
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