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Big Picture

Report: Last affordable options for college students are fast disappearing
Hechinger Report  - Apr 27, 2016
The converging trends of falling state investment, rising tuition and stagnant incomes have finally pushed higher education out of the grasp of low- and middle-income Americans, even at community colleges, a new report contends..
At Small Colleges, Harsh Lessons About Cash Flow
New York Times  - Apr 30, 2016
RINDGE, N.H. — Amber Jackson remembers the moment she learned that both her majors — dance and math — had been cut from the program at Franklin Pierce University. She immediately called her mother, whose reaction was: “They can do that?”...
Only A Fraction Of Students Are Prepared For College When They Leave High School
Huffington Post  - Apr 27, 2016
While the nation’s top students continue to attain higher, more impressive reading scores, the number of students left in the dust with scant skills is also growing, according to new results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress for 12th-graders....
Why Do Colleges Still Give Preference To Kids Whose Parents Went There?
Think Progress  - May 2, 2016
Livie Jacobs is an ambitious high school senior from Massachusetts. Her resume is impressive: she’s taken eight AP courses, scored in the top 5 percent nationally on the SAT, served as the editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper..
The Troubling Use of ‘Merit Aid’ at Public Flagships and Research Universities
Washington Monthly  - Apr 27, 2016
On average, $1 out of every $3 that public research universities and land-grant institutions spent on financial aid in the 2014-15 academic year went to students without financial need, according to a new analysis of institutional aid data that I conducted...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

7 tips for starting your college search
Bangor Daily News  - Apr 28, 2016
Spring is here. For many families, visits to colleges are underway. With about 5,000 degree-granting institutions in the U.S., where do you start? Here are seven tips that can ultimately save time, money, and increase the likelihood of a better fit between school and student. ...
No luck—what to do when the admissions well runs dry
DC College Admissions Examiner  - May 3, 2016
It’s not an outcome anyone really wants to consider. But every so often, a college applicant reaches the bottom of the admissions well with nothing positive to report. ...
How to Approach College Admissions Essay
Huffington Post  - Apr 29, 2016
The college admissions process is getting more and more competitive each year. In order to apply to US colleges, students usually submit an application through the Common Application or a stand-alone system that some schools...
How high school seniors really pick the colleges they attend — new report
Washington Post  - May 2, 2016
May 1 is otherwise known as Decision Day, when high school seniors around the country who are planning to attend college in the fall are expected to finally commit to one. ...
College Admissions: 5 Questions to Ask Career Services
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - May 2, 2016
As the Class of 2015 prepares to graduate from college, many families are disappointed with job prospects. However, the problem really began 4 or 5 years earlier ...
Where to find what you need on college websites
Seattle College Bound Examiner  - May 3, 2016
Navigating college websites can be challenging – and frustrating – especially when you’re not familiar with the terms used on those websites. To make it a bit easier, below you will find the places on a college website...
Use College Goals to Choose High School Senior Year Courses
US News  - May 2, 2016
The early years of high school, when students are focused on basic requirements and prerequisites for advanced classes, can offer very little course flexibility. Options, if any, may be limited to one precious elective....
Ten Tips for a Successful College Search (Part 1, Tips 1-5)
US News  - May 2, 2016
Your successful college search is built piece by piece over your entire time in high school. The classes you take, the grades you earn, and what you do with your hours outside the classroom will all be considered by admission officers looking to build communities that fit their own campus cultures....
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Students with Disabilties

Students on the autism spectrum are often as smart as their peers — so why do so few go to college?
Hechinger Report  - Apr 28, 2016
It sounds awfully nice: A yearlong postponement of schoolwork. The White House announced on Sunday that Malia Obama, the president’s older daughter, would be among the thousands of students to take a so-called gap year between high school and college....
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Gap Year

Why more teens like Malia Obama are taking a gap year
PBS.org - NewsHour  - May 3, 2016
President Barack Obama’s eldest daughter Malia announced plans to take a gap year before she attends Harvard in 2017, an idea that is taking hold among more and more students....
Malia Obama’s ‘Gap Year’ Is Part of a Growing (and Expensive) Trend
New York Times  - May 3, 2016
It sounds awfully nice: A yearlong postponement of schoolwork. The White House announced on Sunday that Malia Obama, the president’s older daughter, would be among the thousands of students to take a so-called gap year between high school and college....
How To Have A Successful Gap Year — Tips For Malia Obama And Other High School Grads
NPR.org  - May 3, 2016
Imagine your bright young son or daughter comes to you, high school mortarboard in hand, and says, "Mom, Dad, I'm not going to college next year." What's your reaction?...
Let’s Stop Calling it a “Gap Year”
Huffington Post  - May 3, 2016
With the recent news that Malia Obama will be taking a “gap year” before she starts her time as an undergraduate at Harvard University, the term is all over the news again....
Archives - Gap Year
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Wait Listed

What To Do When You're Stuck On A College Waitlist
NPR.org  - Apr 29, 2016
A college enrollment official and a former college admissions officer offer advice for the tens of thousands of students who won't find out until later in the summer if they've even been accepted.....

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - May 5, 2016
Should you fall into a Gap Year?
It’s been around for years—decades even—but now that Malia Obama has decided to take a year off before going to college, everyone wants to know about gap years, and if everyone should take one. Let’s review the basics.... More

School Counselor’s Role With Students At Risk for Substance Abuse
Bradley.edu  - Apr 15, 2016
School counselors play a major role in helping ensure that students stay on the right track. Many students depend on their counselors to provide positive direction...
Positive Impact of School Counselors on Our Students
Huffington Post  - Apr 26, 2016
Our school district sent out a survey recently about school counselors. It asked questions about parents’ and students’ experiences with their school counselors in an effort to improve their services and systems...
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Getting In Episode 8B: Tips for Selecting an Independent College Counselor
Slate - Apr 28, 2016
Host Julie Lythcott-Haims and Getting In expert Steve LeMenager answer listener questions. Steve is the president of Edvice, a college counseling firm. He was previously a director of admissions at Princeton University. ..
My Son Was Accepted to a College He Can’t Afford. Now What?
TIME  - May 3, 2016
When I reached out to Facebook friends for advice, the reaction was immediate and intense— and the reason I am writing this essay. In early April, my son Dan arrived home from the University of Wisconsin’s Admitted Students Day holding a Wisconsin windshield sticker....
Use College Goals to Choose High School Senior Year Courses
US News  - May 2, 2016
The early years of high school, when students are focused on basic requirements and prerequisites for advanced classes, can offer very little course flexibility. Options, if any, may be limited to one precious elective....
Archives - Parents
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Podcasts Reuters Investigates: Gaming the SAT
Reuters  - Apr 27, 2016
As the first international sitting of the redesigned SAT approaches, the new Reuters Investigates podcast explores why the College Board’s efforts to curb cheating on the standardized test remain in questio...
Everything you ever wanted to know about SAT Subject Tests
Charlotte Observer  - May 1, 2016
Here’s everything you’ll ever need to know about SAT Subject Tests: SAT Subject Tests provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge of a specific subject and they help colleges understand different strengths a student ...
Op-Ed Why the new SAT isn't as transparent as the College Board wants you to believe
Los Angeles Times  - Apr 29, 2016
Several hundred thousand high school students will take the second administration of the new SAT on May 7. Students who took the first offering on March 5 are still waiting for their scores, ...
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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When and how to appeal a financial aid award
The Christian Science Monitor  - May 1, 2016
The process varies from school to school, and there’s no guarantee that your appeal will be approved, but there are steps you can take to improve your chances of increasing your college financial aid....
Declare Yourself Independent for College Financial Aid
US News  - May 2, 2016
Caitlin Cheney, 22, a junior at Washington State University, knew that paying for college was going to be a stretch when she couldn't afford the cost of a cap and gown at her high school graduation.....
Too poor to pay for college, too rich for financial aid
CNN.com  - Apr 28, 2016
Gage Marquez's dream is to become the first in his family to go to college, get his degree from the University of California at San Diego, and eventually become a cardiologist.....
12 Key Terms to Know About College Financial Aid
Huffington Post  - Apr 28, 2016
Time to study up! Whether your student is college-bound in the fall or still in the early years of their high school career, understanding the college financial aid world is probably an important part of your—and their—education....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

The high school to college track — is it for everyone?
Miami Herald - May 2, 2016
Preparing high school youth for success in the world today requires a vastly different educational experience than a generation ago Choosing vocation over college should be a decision made with the same resources and in the same regard as choosing college...
Higher focus on career, vocational skills
Education Dive - Apr 28, 2016
The Associated Press reports the number of high school graduates enrolling in a four-year college directly after high school rose from 40% in 1990 to 42% in 2013. Career and Technical Education (CTE) is being revitalized.....
Supply lags booming demand for career technical teachers
EdSource - Apr 28, 2016
In appropriating nearly $1.5 billion over five years for career technical education opportunities, the Legislature made an assumption that funding would make them happen.....
Archives - Career & Technical Education
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Bill aims to strengthen student interest in manufacturing
Hartford Buisness Journal - May 2, 2016
State lawmakers are currently considering a bill aimed at encouraging more middle and high school students to consider manufacturing careers. ..
NJ Spotlight - May 3, 2016
One of the more unpopular changes would give school principals the discretion to decide what constitute bullying and what is just bad behavior..
Pennsylvania has underfunded schools, U.S. education official says
Ellwood City Ledger - May 3, 2016
When asked about special education being an “unfunded federal mandate” by a Philadelphia-based reporter during the 2016 Education Writers Association national seminar, King said the financial burden of educating all students doesn’t fall solely on the federal government...
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Combination of face-to-face and online bullying may pack a powerful punch
Science Daily - Apr 30, 2016
Bullying and taunts that may have once stayed in the schoolyard increasingly spill over into text messages and social media. A new study shows that the combined effect of both face-to-face and cyber-bullying may have a powerful effect on adolescents, more than doubling the odds ...
Texting based system for reporting bullying expands to more school districts
ABC2News - May 2, 2016
Text 2 Stop is a resource for students to report bulling with just the tap of their smart phone. The program was started as a pilot program in Queen Anne's County Public Schools. It's since been adopted county-wide...
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