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|Poor and Uneducated: The South's Cycle of Failing Higher Education |
The Atlantic - Aug 27, 2016
ATLANTA—The existence of Civil War emblems on campus has pounded out a drumbeat of angst and activism at universities across the South in the last few years.
But some campuses in this region are part of another North-South rift that’s gotten less attention:...
||A growing industry caters to college cheats |
MarketPlace - Aug 29, 2016
Here’s a troubling thought as college classes start up again: More than two-thirds of college students admit to having cheated on an assignment. The Chronicle of Higher Education spent months investigating a growing industry that has cropped up to help those students cheat.. ..
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|What college admissions officers say they want in a candidate |
Washington Post - Aug 30, 2016
Watching your kid sweat over college applications? Wondering which college is the best fit for your child and how to help them make that happen? We asked dozens of admissions officers to reveal the truth about admissions today. Here is what some of them told us. [Responses edited for length]. ..
|One piece of advice – be different |
Tribune News Service - Aug 26, 2016
If I could only give every family one piece of advice about college admissions and the college application process it would be this: Dare to be different. Be different from the beginning – don’t wait like so many other people until the summer after junior year or even worse,. ..
|How to Get Started with Community Service |
TeenLife Blog - Aug 31, 2016
Why should you reach out by through volunteer opportunities in high school? When you reach out to your community, you’re not just making a difference for others. Community service projects have huge benefits for volunteers themselves, such as:. ..
|Applying To College And Picking The Right One |
WFAE 90.7 Podcast - Sep 1, 2016
School just started but high school juniors and seniors are already preparing for their next step: college. Deciding on a school and beginning the application process can be daunting for students and parents. College visits, test scores, essays are all part of the process and each is important in its own way. How about some advice on what to do and how to do it? We get that advice from three experts... ..
|3 Big College Essay Taboos—and When to Break Them Anyway |
TIME - Aug 25, 2016
So many people talk about rules as they relate to admissions essays: You should always do this. You can never do that. Personally, I hate rules. Well, I don’t hate them, really. I just don’t believe in absolutes for the admissions essay, especially regarding topic selection and creative execution. I believe more in a hearty set of guidelines that allow room for personal interpretation a....
|Do you really have to go on college tours? |
Washington Post - Aug 25, 2016
Just as the European tour was once the finishing school for young ladies and gentlemen, the multiple college tours are now one of the rites of passage for — primarily affluent — high schoolers. ..
|From Food to Financial Aid: Princeton Review's Best Colleges for 2017 |
NBC News - Aug 30, 2016
Academics are important — but there's so much more to college than what you learn in the classroom. That's why the Princeton Review has come up with 62 lists for their Best Colleges 2017 edition, covering everything from schools with the best campus food to the ones that offer the best financial aid..
|How the New Princeton Review College Rankings Compare to MONEY’s |
TIME - Aug 30, 2016
As tuition has risen, parents and students have increasingly focused on finding affordable colleges that deliver real value for the money. That’s why MONEY, for example, ranks the best value colleges in the U.S., and offers additional financially oriented rankings such as the best private colleges for merit aid. ..
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - Aug 31, 2016
Financial Aid is Due When?
Counselors often describe their work as exciting, and that can go both ways. The changes in financial aid are supposed to fall under the good kind of exciting, but as we come back to offices , we’re slowly discovering the FAFSA changes might not seem so great after all, since the FAFSA can be filed onOctober 1..... More
|Ask the Counselor: High school is new experience for parents, students |
Sturgis Journal - Aug 24, 2016
Question: I have three children and the eldest starts high school soon. My wife and I are concerned about how we and our child will deal with new pressures of high school. Are there things we should be doing preemptively or start preparing for now? ....
|Tips For Students -- And Their Parents -- Navigating The Start Of College |
WBUR.org - Here & Now - Aug 25, 2016
Navigating the transition from high school to college can be tricky for students and parents. Emotions can run high, and social media amplifies those feelings. For more on how to cope, Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with Lisa Micele, director of college counseling at the University of Illinois Laboratory High School in Urbana, Illinois, his alma mater.....
|College Majors and Graduation Odds |
The College Solution - Aug 22, 2016
Will your children graduate from college? And will they graduate with their declared academic major? These are critically important questions that families routinely overlook. Unfortunately, families focus primarily on getting into college and not on whether their children will actually succeed and obtain a bachelor’s degree......
|How soon should you begin looking into college for your child? |
KSL Local - Aug 22, 2016
Many parents believe starting as early as preschool will secure their child’s spot in the best universities while others start only months before high school graduation. However, there is a sweet spot when it comes to beginning the college journey — middle school...
SAT & ACTs
|4 Ways Students Can Prepare for a Valuable PreACT Experience |
US News - Aug 29, 2016
The PreACT is a new tool that high school sophomores can use to guide their preparation for college. While it is intended as practice for the real ACT exam and has no direct impact on college admissions or scholarship searches, it is very useful when students are preparing to take the ACT.. ..
|Kaplan Will Offer Free Online PSAT Prep |
Inside Higher Ed - Aug 30, 2016
Kaplan Test Prep is announcing today that it will offer free online PSAT instruction, starting in October. Kaplan will offer eight one-hour sessions live, with recordings available for those who can't participate live. Kaplan's announcement noted that, for many students, the PSAT is "the first meaningful step on their path to college." ..
|Opting Out Of Submitting College Admission Tests Could Be A Good Idea |
Inside Higher Ed - Aug 30, 2016
Standardized testing for college admission has become an ingrained part of the admission process since it was instituted in the early 20th century. Initially regarded as a way to identify students outside the usual population of college goers (sons of wealthy families and alumni) it now stands as a hurdle for all students anxious to be admitted to a competitive college. ..
|FBI Raids Home of Former Official Over SAT Leak |
The Daily Beast - Aug 27, 2016
Federal agents raided the Maryland home of a former employee of the College Board on Friday over a massive leak of SAT questions. Manuel Alfaro, the former executive director of assessment design and development at the board,. ..
|4 Big Financial Aid Changes You Need to Know About This Year |
Star-Telegram - Aug 30, 2016
The timeline for applying is shifting into the fall. The application season for the 2017-18 academic year will mark a significant shift in how families apply for loans, scholarships, and grants to pay for college. What’s now known as “Early FAFSA” will soon be here. The goal of the change, which will dramatically shift the financial aid calendar at many colleges,. ...
|Advice on applying for college scholarships and financial aid |
Star-Telegram - Aug 24, 2016
Not necessarily, but the form's new, October 1 release date may mean lots of confusion. November 1 sounds crazy early as a financial aid deadline. W. Kent Barnds knows that. To require that financial aid applications be submitted before high school seniors have proofread their application essays or even finished taking their SATs is a serious acceleration of the financial aid timeline. Barnds understands that, too. ...
Career and Technical Education
||Skills training is having a moment |
MarketPlace - Aug 16, 2016
In a recent speech at a manufacturing plant in Michigan, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton got big applause for this line: “A four-year degree should not be the only path to a good job in America.”...
|Vo-tech programs now a key part of education for life |
DelMarvaNow - Aug 30, 2016
Vocational courses in high school may prepare students for entry-level work or hone leadership skills for university-bound students. Vocational-technical education has come a long way since the mid-20th century. ....
|5 most common mistakes of athlete-families |
USA Today - Aug 26, 2016
Why does the so-called “learning curve” disappear when it comes to the college search and athletic recruiting process? I am amazed that in an industry which has up to two million participants each year competing for rare and precious college sports playing ..
|College Admissions: 4 New England College Roadtrips |
GoLocalProv College Admissions - Aug 29, 2016
It won’t be long before the leaves are turning and autumn is in full swing. For parents of juniors and seniors, this can be a great time to take students to see New England campuses before the snows of winter make tours painfully cold. Now is ideal to see schools, while students are present and campuses are picture perfect....
|Might Pennsylvania State Colleges Faculty Strike? |
NBC Philadelphia - Aug 25, 2016
Faculty at Pennsylvania's 14 state universities are scheduled to vote on whether to authorize a strike next month.
The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties announced Thursday that faculty will vote on the campuses from Sept. 7-9 and members of the coaches belonging to the union will vote a week later.....
|Mental Health In Schools: A Hidden Crisis Affecting Millions Of Students |
NPR.org - Aug 26, 2016
You might call it a silent epidemic. Up to one in five kids living in the U.S. shows signs or symptoms of a mental health disorder in a given year. So in a school classroom of 25 students, five of them may be struggling with the same issues many adults deal with: depression, anxiety, substance abuse. ..
SATs & ACTs
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