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HSCW Summer Break

HSCW Sponsor Blog - Ways To Keep in Touch
Post - June 30, 2016
Summer Break: Another school year has come to an end. I can always tell, not only year by the weather but by the ever increasing returned email saying, “XYZ High School is on Summer Break...
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Supreme Court decision on affirmative action could change college admissions nationally – and prompt more lawsuits
Hechinger Report  - Jun 23, 2016
Along-awaited Supreme Court decision dealing with the politically thorny issue of affirmative action could encourage more state university systems to adopt policies that guarantee admission to the top graduates of local high schools... ...
Do Asian-American Kids Face Unfair College Admissions Criteria?
WBUR.org - Hera & Now  - Jun 23, 2016
A coalition of Asian-American groups recently requested that the U.S. Department of Education investigate several Ivy League schools for discrimination. The group claims Asian-American applicants need higher SAT scores than other racial groups to get into these schools.. ...
Supreme Court Says Using Race in Admissions Decisions Is Fair Game
TIME  - Jun 23, 2016
Affirmative action has survived another court challenge, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 4-3 on Thursday that the University of Texas-Austin’s consideration of race in admissions was legal... ...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Test your knowledge of admissions office terms
College Admissions Strategies Blog - Jun 29, 2016
Welcome to College Admissions 101. Here’s a pop quiz on acronyms and abbreviations used in the college admissions process. Everybody is familiar with GPA — Grade Point Average. And SAT — it used to be the Scholastic Aptitude Test, but it took on its more accurate name of Scholastic Assessment Test in March 1994. ....
The Best College Loan
The College Solution Blog - Jun 21, 2016
As recently as the early 1990s, most students did not take out college loans. Today roughly two out of every three students borrow to pay for college due to the runaway cost of college. The typical student borrower is now leaving school with debt of roughly $35,000. Just the outstanding federal college loan debt now exceeds credit-card debt....
College Admissions: High School Classes Colleges Look For
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Jun 27, 2016
Summer is the time when most students find out if they will be able to take the courses that they requested for next year. And parents are often left wondering what a student really needs to be competitive in college admissions. How many years of a lab science or language are really necessary? What is the right balance of honors and AP courses? And do electives really matter?...
College Connection: Which colleges have the highest 'yield' rate?
MyCentralJersey  - Jun 24, 2016
High school students worry greatly about whether they will get accepted to their college of choice. But college admissions officers worry as well. Their concern is whether the students they accept will actually enroll. And their apprehension is well founded, as only 25 colleges in the U.S. enjoy a “yield” (percent of accepted students who actually enroll) of more than 50 percent.....
Making Summer Count For College And Yourself
Forbes  - Jun 24, 2016
Yesterday I read about an 11-year old boy who started his own business bringing neighbors’ trash cans and recycling bins to the curb. He charged them $.25 and by the end of his first week had made $1.75....
10 Things to Do With Your Friends Before Leaving for College
Her Campus  - Jun 25, 2016
The summer before leaving for your first year of college is always filled with mixed feelings. Although you’re excited to start a whole new chapter in your life, you’re sad to leave your home, family and friends behind. It’s especially hard to imagine saying goodbye to your friends, which is why it’s essential to use this summer to spend time with everyone you love. Creating a “last summer” bucket list ....
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How to Answer the Common Application Essay for College Admissions
Huffington Post  - Jun 25, 2016
The Common Application has long been the hub for applications to U.S. colleges. Every year, more than half-a-million students seeking a place in the Ivy League and 600-plus other private and public colleges, log on to a portal that collects and distributes much of a student’s application materials....
College application essay has become a write of passage
Star Tribune  - Jun 28, 2016
Born and raised in Minnesota, Priya George wants to expand her worldview by attending college in another state. Heading into her senior year at Wayzata High School, the 17-year-old is preparing to apply to top-tier colleges, including Boston University and Duke....
Communication Conversation: Essaying the Admissions Essay
Ladue News  - Jun 23, 2016
In an increased effort to select students who fit well, college admissions essays lately have gained significance. Admissions counselors want to see and feel the challenges you have faced, as your learning experiences give them a glimpse of your potential.....
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Campus Visits

5 questions to ask students on a campus tour
USA Today College  - Jun 28, 2016
With school out for summer, it’s a high season for visiting colleges. Whether you’re a high school junior looking at schools for the first time or a soon-to-be college freshman getting some on-campus experience before your move-in day in August, you can benefit from taking a campus tour....
The 4 Questions to Ask on a College Campus Tour
TIME  - Jun 24, 2016
Focus more on money, less on co-ed showers. Campus tours are a carefully choreographed part of colleges’ marketing efforts. But they’re also a great opportunity for students and parents to push past the sales pitch and get the facts they need to make smart financial decisions... ...

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Jun 30, 2016
A Good and Bad Spring for Diversity on Campus
It’s been an interesting and rocky spring for college diversity. Efforts to improve diversity through college admissions received an unexpected boost this week, when the US Supreme Court affirmed the right of the University of Texas to use race as a factor in some of its undergraduate admissions decisions.... More

Counselor: Students Often 'Come Out' to School Counselors First/
CBS News Local - St. Louis - Jun 28, 2016
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – There was a celebratory mood during Sunday’s Pride Fest Parade. The public show of support may help those struggling with acceptance of their sexual identity, especially teenagers......
Can ‘early warning systems’ keep children from dropping out of school?
Washington Post - Jun 28, 2016
PHILADELPHIA — A half-dozen sixth-grade teachers sat in a circle inside an empty classroom, poring over sheets of data showing their students’ attendance, grades and discipline. They were looking for children who were sliding, whose records indicated they were in danger of falling off the track to high school graduation.....
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Having the College Money Talk
ConsumerReports.org - Jun 28, 2016
With so many options, figuring out where to go to college can be overwhelming. Large research university or small liberal arts college? City school or rural school? Close to home or out of state? Guidance counselors .. ..
Pros And Cons Of Strategizing For College
Forbes - Jun 28, 2016
Strategizing” involves planning to achieve a certain goal. Militarily, that would be laying out the steps to take a certain key enemy stronghold or blockade a supply point. It takes time, surveillance, information, expert strategizers and an awareness of points where things could go wrong.. ..
How the typical American family pays for college
CNN.com - Jun 28, 2016
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - You're thrilled your child got into college, but that doesn't mean you're happy about the tuition bill. Last year, the average private college charged $43,921 for tuition, room and board...
3 Answers for Parents About Sexual Consent Lessons in High School
US News - Jun 27, 2016
When 20-year-old Brock Turner, a former Stanford University student, was sentenced to six months in county jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in California, many saw the punishment as too lenient and the case sparked conversations about sexual assault.. ..
Archives - Parents
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Consider the Revised SAT, ACT for Test Success
US News - June 27, 2016
One of the most common descisions you face as a high school sophomore, junior or senior is whether to take the SAT or ACT. Although the colleges you are applying to may play a role in determining which test to register for, you should also consider your strengths as a student and test-taker when deciding which standardized exam to prepare for and take.. ..
Tutors See Stereotypes and Gender Bias in SAT. Testers See None of the Above.
New York Times - June 27, 2016
In an annual ritual, hundreds of thousands of students took the SAT this spring as they made their first steps toward applying to college. But they were not the only ones being tested... ..
More colleges vote ‘No Confidence’ in standardized tests
DC College Admissions Examiner - June 27, 2016
Earlier this month, Columbia University joined a large and growing group of colleges and universities expressing little or no confidence in standardized tests used for college admissions.. ..
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Education Department eases financial aid application restrictions for homeless college students
Washington Post - Jun 28, 2016
The Education Department is revising the federal financial aid application to make it easier for homeless college students to access loans and grants, in response to requests from Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.)., ....
Underestimating Financial Aid Eligibility
Inside Higher Ed - Jun 28, 2016
Slightly less than one-quarter of parents and 37 percent of students believe they will qualify for financial aid, according to the results of a survey released this week by Royall & Company, a division of the Education Advisory Board (EAB). The findings,, ....
Two-Thirds Of College Students Who Take Out Loans Have No Idea What They’re In For
Consumerist - Jun 28, 2016
Would you walk into a bank — or call up the federal government — and borrow $50,000 or more without having some idea of when or how you’ll be expected to pay it back, or what can happen to you if you fall behind? ....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

Vocational Education And Training: The Australian Model
Huffington Post - Jun 28, 2016
Australia has developed in the last decades one of the most admired vocational education and training systems of the world, based on various factors: fluidity between titles and certifications....
Shattering Stereotypes of Women and Girls in Non-Traditional Career Technology Education
U.S. Department of Education (press release) (blog)t - Jun 28, 2016
Although progress has been made to ensure all girls and women have access to a quality education, I am reminded that forty-four years after the passage of Title IX, there are still lengthy strides to be made; ....
Archives - Career & Technical Education
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Student Athletes

Recruiting Tip: Advice from the experts
USA Today HSS  - Jun 27, 2016
Over the last several years, we’ve had the opportunity to interview some of the best college coaches in the country. Their advice on the recruiting process is invaluable. Here are 3 of the best answers to common recruiting questions. ..
Archives - Student Athletes
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Faculty Across 14 Pennsylvania Universities Could Vote on Strike
Philadelphia Magazine - June 20, 2016
A union representing faculty at 14 state-owned universities in Pennsylvania is discussing the possibility of a strike. The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties union said new contract negotiations with the Pennsylvania State Higher System of Education have been “stagnant.” ..
NJ Spotlight - June 28, 2016
Students who don’t pass or take the PARCC exams have a veritable alphabet soup of alternative tests, from ACT to PSAT/NMSQT -- and can also submit a portfolio of their work. ..
Opinion: Education beyond high school
Burlington Free Press - June 20, 2016
You can normally find Shawn Sheehan teaching math and special education in Norman, Oklahoma, just south of Oklahoma City. But school's out for the summer and instead, he's knocking on doors. ..
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Teen Depression

Pediatricians urged to screen for suicide risks among teens
USA Today - June 27, 2016
Family doctors should screen teens for suicide risks in the wake of new information that shows suicide is the second leading cause of death among teens, an American Academy of Pediatrics report said Monday. In the report, the academy provides pediatricians with guidelines on how to identify and assist at-risk teens between the age of 15 to 19. ..
Depressed Teen's Struggle To Find Mental Health Care In Rural California
NPR,org - June 23, 2016
There's a hot pink suitcase on the floor of Shariah Vroman-Nagy's bedroom. The 18-year-old is packing for a trip to Disneyland, one of several she takes with her family every year. ..
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