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Big Picture

College students begin to cry foul about paying more for sports
Hechinger Report  - Sep 12, 2016
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Andy Pinedo likes sports. He just doesn't want to pay more so other people can play them. As sophomore at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Pinedo voted "no" last year in a referendum about whether he was willing to hand over another $270...
Ask an Economist: How Can Today's College Students Future-Proof Their Careers?
The Atlantic  - Sep 12, 2016
It is by now close to certain that there are millions of people currently in high school and college who are fine-tuning their skills for steady-looking careers that will, following technological breakthroughs, dissipate by the time they retire...
Subprime Education
PBS.org - Frontline  - Sep 12, 2016
FRONTLINE investigates allegations of fraud and predatory behavior in the troubled for-profit college industry....
Enrollments surge at historically black colleges amid rise in racial tensions
Washington Post  - Sep 11, 2016
Racial tension rose on many colleges and university campuses last year, with protests erupting on dozens of campuses and a national debate over "safe spaces," "trigger warnings" and freedom of expression...
What does it really mean to prepare students for the workforce?
eCampusNews - Sep 12, 2016
It used to be that preparing students for a job post-graduation meant knowing how to dress for a job interview and developing critical-thinking skills. And while problem-solving talent is still valued, today's competitive market requires much more from recent graduates. ..
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

College Admissions Deans, Counselors Talk How to Get In
US News  - Sep 13, 2016
As a college admissions officer for nearly 30 years, Diane Anci has grown used to fielding questions from high school students anxious to improve their chances of being accepted. ...
Safeties, Matches, and Reaches: Building a College List
Huffington Post  - Sep 9, 2016
One of the most daunting aspects of applying to colleges is actually deciding where to apply to college. But where do you start looking, and how do you create a good list? ...
How to Wow College Admissions Officers
TIME  - Sep 8, 2016
New survey reveals the 10 things they consider most important in judging students' applications. Want to get into the college of your dreams? A just-released survey of college admissions officers offers some encouraging news: Your odds are probably better than you think...
Leadership: What Admissions Officers Really Want to See
Huffington Popst  - Sep 8, 2016
"Leadership" is a major buzzword in college admissions; it is found across applications through essay supplements, work experience, and extracurricular activities. But what do admissions officers really want to see? ...
3 Questions to Answer About College Your Junior Year
TeenLife Blog  - Sep 12, 2016
As you move through high school, you may be anticipating senior year and the pressure of college applications with excitement and dread. Dread? Yes, too many high school students dread the college admissions proces...
High-School Grades Still Count Most in College Admissions
Chronicle of Higher Education  - Sep 8, 2016
Academic performance in high school remains the top-ranked factor in college-admissions decisions on prospective first-time freshmen, according to a new report from the National Association for College Admission Counseling...
At Last, Some (Modestly) Good News For College Applicants
Forbes  - Sep 9, 2016
Annually, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) publishes its State of College Admission report. It's a clear snapshot of college admission landscape based on data collected from hundreds of institutions...
College Admissions Expert Elizabeth Levine: Demonstrated Interest
The Photo News  - Sep 12, 2016
What is "Demonstrated Interest" and how can it affect your college admissions? "Demonstrated Interest" is a term used by college's that describes how much a student is interested in attending their college. ...
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Applying Early … Choices with Risks and Rewards
Tribune News Serrvice  - Sep 9, 2016
Applying early, does it make sense? Ready or not, the college application season has begun. And early or not is the question. I know I'm not the only one who feels the college application process seems to be creeping earlier each year....
3 Reasons to Skip Applying to College Early
US News  - Sep 5, 2016
Early decision and early action are often presented as great strategies for college applicants....
Archives - Early/Defer/Waitlisted
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Campus Visits

Acing Your College Admissions Interview
Huffington Post - Sep 12, 2016
It's unavoidable: the interview is a quintessential step in the admissions process that many applicants dread. But it doesn't have to be this way. Read on for tips and tricks to ensure that your next college admissions interview is a success..
Making college visits more affordable
WRAL - Sep 12, 2016
For many families, September means the start of college and, with it, the responsibility of paying tuition and other expenses. But for families with kids in the last years of high school, it's also time to start visiting colleges of interest - and, with that, learn about the accompanying expense of a higher education...
Op-Ed College tour fail: Why can't admissions offices tell it like it is?
Los Angeles Times - Sep 7, 2016
It raveled across 12 states, from Georgia to Rhode Island, touring colleges this summer, a ritual thousands of families take part in every year. I listened while admissions officials repeated the dos and don'ts of the application process:..
Archives - Campus Visits and Interviews
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Students with Disabilities

College Admissions: Strategies for ADD/ADHD and LD Students
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Sep 12, 2016
For students with learning disabilities (LDs), finding the right college can be a difficult task. Most estimates put the attrition rate for LD and ADD/ADHD students in college at about 50%. It’s a staggering statistic that too many parents discover after the failure has occurred. The most important factor in success for LD students is early diagnosis and intervention...
Making college work for students with autism (essay)
Inside Higher Ed  - Sep 13, 2016
For graduating high school seniors who are entering college this fall, it is an exciting time. Possibilities have been opened! Yet now new concerns arise: Have they chosen the right college? Will they thrive?..
Archives - Disabilities
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New College Rankings Are Out: NPR Ed Rates The Rankings!
NPR.org  - Sep 13, 2016
College presidents from High Point, N. C., to Laie, Hawaii, are sitting up a little straighter, because the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings are out today. Published every year since 1983, they've become perhaps the most famous and influential college rankings. But they're no longer the only game in town.. ..
US News College Rankings 2016
US News  - Sep 13, 2016
U.S. News provides nearly 50 different types of numerical rankings and lists to help students narrow their college search. From National Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges to A-Plus Schools for B Students, find the right one for you.. ..
Archives - Rankings

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Sep 15, 2016
A Skilled Trades Tale of Two Senators
As Michigan students head back to school, Michigan families need to take a minute to contact two state senators, to thank one for looking out for their kids, and to urge the other one to start to do so right away..... More

5 Questions Seniors Should Ask High School Counselors
US News  - Sep 13, 2016
High school guidance counselors are a unique and valuable resource – in fact, their primary responsibility is to help students excel. If you are beginning your final year of high school, this is a great time to ask your counselor these five pointed questions. ...
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Parents of College Students Should Be Especially Wary of These Risky Loans
TIME - Sep 13, 2016
Student loan debt is out of control, but really it is the parents we should be most worried about. There is only one type of educational loan available to families that has no restriction on how much can be borrowed and no formula for testing whether the borrower can afford the debt—and it is targeted at parents.. ..
6 Ways Parents Can Help Students With the College Application Process
US News  - Sep 13, 2016
Every admissions officer has a story about the overbearing parent who takes 100 percent control of the college application process. Parents' appropriate role is to offer guidance, support and empathy during a complicated, emotionally taxing, and in some cases disappointing, process.....
Must-Ask Questions for High School Back-to-School Nights
US News  - Sep 6, 2016
California mom Myoung Kang is very familiar with back-to-school nights as the parent of a high school student and two adult children.....
College students are prime targets of ID thieves, scammers
KHOU  - Sep 11, 2016
College students and high school seniors might not know it, but they're prime targets for ID thieves and scammers. "They have limited credit profiles and rarely, do they, or their parents, think to check their credit," said Adam Levin, ......
Archives - Parents
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Why I'm Glad My College Dumped the SAT
TIME - Sep 13, 2016
And the ACT, too. "Wait, why-what do you mean you don't accept the SAT?" Whether with curiosity, confusion, joy, or frustration, this question is always asked with intense emotion. ..
ACT or SAT: Which is right for your child?
WRAL - Sep 13, 2016
Next month ushers in the early-fall-through-late spring college admissions testing season. This is when two acronyms --ACT and SAT -- will be on the minds of high school juniors and seniors everywhere. . ..
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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The 28 Best Colleges for Need-Based Financial Aid
TIME  - Sep 8, 2016
All provide generous grants and don't burden students with heavy loan debt. More than 140 colleges in the U.S. claim to provide enough grants to meet at least 90% of the "demonstrated financial need" of their undergraduates....
Four financial aid tips for college procrastinators
The Christian Science Monitor  - Sep 8, 2016
We all have bouts of procrastination, especially in college. Pulling an all-nighter to crank out a paper you've had weeks to work on is practically the definition of a college student......
FAFSA has a new deadline; here's what you need to know
News & Observer  - Sep 10, 2016
College students and their parents might feel like they've barely finished unpacking the U-Haul this school year when suddenly they face the unexpected chore of tackling the paperwork for financial aid for the 2017-18 academic year.....
New Rules For The College Financial Aid FAFSA Form
Forbes  - Sep 8, 2016
Starting this fall, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA form) will be available October 1, three months earlier than in the past. This change has major implications for families planning to apply for financial aid....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

Why New Vocational Education Isn't Reaching Classrooms
The Atlantic  - Sep 8, 2016
At Urban Assembly Maker Academy, Principal Luke Bauer wanted to start a program in "interaction design"-a field that focuses on how users interact with products like computers and phones.. ..
Would CTE fit your needs? Take a look
Philadelphia Public School Notebook  - Sep 8, 2016
CTE, or career and technical education, used to be called vocational education. The varied programs available now are designed to prepare students for jobs in today's economy. In addition to traditional trades that are still in demand, such as plumbing, welding, and auto repair, CTE programs now include such fields as health-related technologies, computer systems networking, game design, and culinary arts. ..
Archives - Career & Technical Education
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Connecticut schools: unequal - and now unconstitutional
The Christian Science Monitor - Sep 7, 2016
Connecticut is the most unequal state by income distribution, and that shows up in its public schools. Now, a new legal ruling is forcing the state to reconsider how to deal with those challenges.. ..
Maine's private colleges show increase in enrollment after expanding courses
Portland Press Herald - Sep 7, 2016
Several private colleges in Maine are reporting increasing enrollment this fall, mostly as a result of expansions into new academic areas.. ..
Pennsylvania State Colleges Faculties Vote on Whether to Strike
NBC Philadelphia - Sep 7, 2016
Faculty at Pennsylvania's 14 state universities are scheduled to vote on whether to authorize a strike. The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties announced last month faculty will vote on the campuses from Sept. 7-9 and members of the coaches belonging to the union will vote a week later. ..
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Teen Drinking

Underage drinking, smoking continue dramatic decline, survey shows
The Christian Science Monitor - Sep 12, 2016
Rates of underage drinking and smoking are on a steady decline, according to a recent report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).. ..
Do alcohol ads really influence teen drinking?
CBS News - Sep 8, 2016
The more ads for a brand of alcohol that underage drinkers see, the more likely they are to consume that product, a new study finds... ..
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