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There will be no HSCW published next week due to Christmas Break. We'll publish again on 01/04/2018
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University enrollment decline continues into sixth straight year
Hechinger Report - Dec 20, 2017
University enrollment continued to decline in the fall for the sixth straight year, adding more bad news to the woes of financially stretched colleges and universities, new figures show...
The surprising thing Google learned about its employees — and what it means for today’s students
Washington Post - Dec 20, 2017
The conventional wisdom about 21st century skills holds that students need to master the STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering and math — and learn to code as well because that’s where the jobs are..
OPINION: Here’s a reason to help more students earn college degrees — adaptability
Hechinger Report - Dec 18, 2017
The demand for colleges and universities to justify their existence is greater than ever before. Parents and their students aren’t defining this demand in terms of the critical-thinking and leadership skills that broadly educated individuals gain..
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

The Most Valuable College Search Site
Falmouth Enterprise - Dec 15, 2017
I am going to introduce you to my second favorite federal website: College Scorecard (collegescorecard.ed.gov). This website provides you with salary information of graduates who are 28 years old. ..
Discuss Social Pressures When Considering Colleges
Forbes - Dec 18, 2017
A recent series of deaths at fraternities around the country has renewed calls for stricter controls over their parties and pledge events. Fraternity behavior has been a source of constant pain and embarrassment for many institutions and families over the years...
College Admissions: Getting the Timing Right
VOA News - Dec 18, 2017
Timing is everything. That is an expression people around the world use in many situations. Generally, this expression means that taking action at the right time can be just as important as how well you do something....
College Connection: New Year’s resolutions for college-bound students
MyCentralJersey - Dec 20, 2017
As New Year’s Eve approaches — our annual time to make resolutions for the upcoming year — there are several resolutions that students might want to consider for the 2018 school year. ...
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Strategies For Dealing With Early Decision Deferrals
Forbes - Dec 19, 2017
You had your heart set on that one amazing college, that one stellar university, and you applied Early Decision or Early Action. It's a great chance to get noticed in a smaller pool than the one that'll overflow in Regular Decision.....
College Connection: Students get a second chance at 'Early Decision'
MyCentralJersey - Dec 14, 2017
College-bound students who have recently identified their top choice college may want to take advantage of approaching Early Decision II deadlines to increase their chances of acceptance. ...
Early Decision I is done; now it’s time for Early Decision II
Tribune News Service - Dec 18, 2017
Notifications for Early Decision (ED) and Single Choice Early Action (SCEA) have been delivered. Applying ED is a binding commitment; if you are accepted,....
How to Rise Up from a College Rejection Like a Queen
Her Campus - Dec 20, 2017
As your first senior semester comes to a close, your first round of college decisions has started rolling in. While some of you may have received letters that feel like early Christmas presents, some of you may have gotten your first college rejection letter....
Rejected or Deferred? Can You Write Good College Application Essays Quickly?
HuffPost  - Dec 13, 2017
December is a tough month for college applicants. When you apply early decision to a college you have your heart set on, it can be crushing if you’re rejected or deferre...
Archives - Early/Defer/Waitlisted
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This is the key to a perfect college essay, according to a former Stanford admissions officer
CNBC  - Dec 20, 2017
When Grace Kim was in high school, she wrote a college application essay that landed her a full ride to Princeton University. Kim went on to become an admissions officer at Stanford University and today,...
Archives - Essays
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Dec 21, 2017
2017: The Year in Review
Ten interesting things happen in every school counselor’s office before 9AM, so it’s hard identifying the most interesting ten to happen in the profession all year—but here’s my attempt:. .... More

Cambridge Startup Offers Cheaper, Online College Counseling
WBUR.org - Dec 19, 2017
A Cambridge startup is taking college guidance online, offering high school students and their parents a cheaper alternative to private college counseling... ..
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11 misconceptions about paying for college
Washongton Post - Dec 15, 2017
Every year, parents are shocked that the colleges their teen applied to didn’t award enough, or any, financial aid. It’s complicated. Here are 11 things to understand before financial aid letters arrive....
Disappointed parents, need not be
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Dec 15, 2017
Q: Our 18-year-old son made only slightly better than average grades in high school and finished in the top half of his graduating class. He could have done better, but has a history of underachievement which we explain as boredom....
How to Avoid College Stress Over the Winter Holidays
TeenLife Blog - Dec 19, 2017
If you have a college-bound senior, you know you are thinking about college over the winter holidays.. You try to shove it to the back of your mind but it’s there, ....
Archives - Parents
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Juniors: Use the Holidays to Make an SAT, ACT Prep Plan
US News  - Dec 18, 2017
Winter break is quickly approaching, and with it comes a respite for high schoolers. The holidays are also an opportunity for students to focus on the academic tasks that may have taken a backseat during the end of the semester....
More Free ACT, SAT Score Reports Announced for Low-Income Students
EdWeek (free registration required)  - Dec 14, 2017
UPDATED In moves designed to make college access easier for low-income students, the two major college-admission testing companies have announced that they'll expand—or begin—programs to allow students to send their scores to colleges for free....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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The 8 Most Confusing Things About Fafsa
New York Times - Dec 19, 2017
The high cost of college makes financial aid unavoidable for most students. And this means undertaking the lengthy and often complicated process of filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as Fafsa....
5 Overlooked Ways to Pay for College
US News - Dec 18, 2017
Paying for college is a challenge for most families and often involves pulling from a variety of sources – from financial aid to savings.....
5 tricks for paying for college in 2018
CNBC - Dec 18, 2017
College has a bigger financial impact on students — both in terms of cost and earning potential — than ever before.....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

Spectrum News - Dec 15, 2017
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited the Newburgh Free Academy to push for more federal funds for tech education...
Archives - Career and Technical Education
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How does New York set education policy? An inside look at the mad dash to make sense of a major diploma change
Chalkbeat - Dec 15, 2017
An hour before officials made sweeping changes to New York’s high-school graduation requirements Monday, only a select few knew the game-changing policy was coming.. ..
Infighting and Turmoil in N.J.
Inside Higher Ed - Dec 18, 2017
An accreditor's decision to place an embattled New Jersey community college on probation may have been the wake-up call officials needed to improve its operations... ..
Pennsylvania, Delaware high schools get an F for financial literacy classes
WHYY.org - Dec 14, 2017
Pennsylvania and Delaware are among nine states to receive a grade of F for teaching personal finance to high school students, according to a new national study.. ..
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Teen Health

The Risk Of Teen Depression And Suicide Is Linked To Smartphone Use, Study Says
NPR.org - Dec 17, 2017
A new study found that teenagers are increasingly depressed, feel hopeless and are more likely to consider suicide. Researchers found a sudden increase in teens' symptoms of depression, suicide risk factors and suicide rates in 2012 ..
Teens: Pretty Sober, Except For Marijuana And Vaping
NPR.org - Dec 14, 2017
The number of teens abusing drugs is lower than it's been since the 1990s, according to a national survey. "In particular, we see a tremendous decline in the portion of young people using cigarettes,". ..
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