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Big Picture

States Are Investing More in Higher Education
The Atlantic  - Feb 14, 2017
A new report finds that state funding for higher education continues to show growth overall, but each state has its own tale to tell. Support for higher education in state budgets rose by 3.4 percent across the country from the 2015-16 to 2016-17 fiscal years, preliminary data from the latest Grapevine survey shows.....
Would this new idea help students manage the college affordability crisis?
PBS NewsHour  - Feb 9, 2017
What if paying for college could be more like shopping at Costco? The retail giant known for squeezing deep discounts out of the products it sells is one model for an audacious proposal by two higher-education experts to lower the cost of college. ....
The Number Of Hungry And Homeless Students Rises Along With College Costs
NPR.org - Feb 9, 2017
There's no way to avoid it. As the cost of college grows, research shows that so does the number of hungry and homeless students at colleges and universities across the country....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

What Is a Research University?
The College Solution Blog  - Feb 13, 2017
Most students who hope to earn a bachelor’s degree will enroll at a university. The schools that students dream of attending are almost always research universities. It’s far less common for teenagers to end up at a college......
Find the Right College as an Average Student
US News - Feb 14, 2017
Community colleges can be great options, but they aren't the only option for high school students with average grades who want to pursue a college degree after graduation. Most top-ranked, well-known institutions may be out of reach, but C students can find welcoming and supportive institutions...
The Ultimate Guide For Your College Applications
University Herald  - Feb 13, 2017
Many colleges and universities have set a spring deadline for the college admission and most of them require that you submit everything before March so that you can get into that school by the next fall. Applying to college should be an organized and a step by step process. You should make sure all different pieces of your application are submitted correctly and on time...
College Consortia: A Cooperative Model That Offers Students Greater Value
Forbes - Feb 1, 2017
During winter break, I reconnected with a student who is now at Hampshire College. His favorite subject in high school, which he wanted to continue, had been Japanese. Hampshire doesn’t offer Japanese, so he instead enrolled in classes down the road at renowned Amherst College....
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Campus Visits

College Connection: Start planning now for a productive spring break
MyCentralJersey.com  - Feb 9, 2017
Spring break is highly anticipated by all students. It’s an escape from the academic pressures of the school year. It’s also the ideal time to visit colleges and start to identify which schools may, or may not, be potential “good fit” colleges.......
College Corner: Planning Is An Essential Part Of College Visits
Cape News  - Feb 10, 2017
The first step, often taken in sophomore year, is to visit some schools in general. One should visit a “small” school and a “large” school. Information about colleges is easily obtained through the College Navigator federal website (nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator). ......
Archives - Campus Visits and Interviews
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“New and Improved” Common Application prompts for 2017-2018 just released
Tribune News Service  - Feb 14, 2017
Calling all juniors, high school class of 2018 and college graduates of 2022 – the college admissions process has officially begun. The Common Application, accepted by nearly 700 colleges across the country just released its 2017-2018 essay prompts......
Freedom Returns to Common Application Essays
Huffington Post  - Feb 11, 2017
Like tulip enthusiasts awaiting the verdict of Punxsutawney Phil, high school juniors get atwitter this time of year when the Common Application releases its essay prompts. And, like the predictions of the groundhog, the prompts typically mean little....
How to write the perfect college essay, according to a dean of admissions
Business Insider  - Feb 11, 2017
For high-school seniors across the nation, college admissions decisions are beginning to loom large. One of the biggest areas of stress is often the admissions essay....
Archives - Essays
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Social Media

Using Social Media During Admissions Process
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Feb 13, 2017
According to a 2015 survey, recently released by Kaplan Test Prep, 40% of college admissions officers say that they check the social media accounts of applicants during the admissions process. In a 2013 report, 35% of admissions reps said they reviewed something on these sites that negatively affected a student’s chances...
Do Colleges Look at Your Social Media Accounts?
US News - Feb 10, 2017
Your first impression on a college admissions officer involves more than just an essay, a transcript and some test scores. According to new data, colleges and universities pay attention to what prospective students post on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram....
Surprise! Social media can help, not hurt, your college prospects
CNN - Feb 10, 2017
CNN)By now, the idea that some college admissions officers might check an applicant's social media accounts shouldn't sound too far-fetched. With the explosion of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and all the others,....
Archives - Social Media
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Students with Disabilities

More students with disabilities going to college
NorthJersey.com - Feb 10, 2017
When she arrived at Bergen Community College last September, Rachel Bowers felt overwhelmed. "I didn't know what building to go to or where I was supposed to be," recalled the 19-year-old from New Milford, who is intellectually disabled. "It was pretty scary for me."..
Teens with disabilities navigate college prep
Magic Valley - Feb 10, 2017
TWIN FALLS — As a first-generation college student, Kylee Solberg had a lot to figure out on her own. But she earned a full-tuition scholarship for two years to North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene. And she’ll graduate from Boise State University next year with a bachelor’s degree and no debt...
Archives - Students with Disabilities

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Guidance counselors try to help students with variety of post-high school options
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  - Feb 9, 2017
Rachel Machen’s job is more than helping students fill out their graduation paperwork. As a member of the six-person school counselor team at Fox Chapel Area High School, she starts meeting with students in middle school to discuss their plans after high school....
Hobsons Acquires High School Counselor-College Admissions App
The Journal  - Feb 14, 2017
Ed tech company Hobsons recently acquired RepVisits, an application for connecting high school advisors with college admissions offices to arrange high school visits. Hobsons, which produces software for enrollment management and other student services, ....
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Parents should talk with their children early about post-graduation plans
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  - Feb 9, 2017
There is a mountain of information available to students as they make plans for after high school. And counselors say parents need to do their homework, as well. With all the options students now have post-graduation, coupled with the sharp rise in college tuition, parents should start having conversations with their children sooner rather than later about their career plans....
The role of parents is critical in college persistence and completion
Education Dive  - Feb 9, 2017
Parents from low-income families are more likely to be vocal about topics like where their children will attend college and how much it will cost but are less likely to engage conversations about remedial courses, completing paperwork and career planning....
Parents need to teach college-bound kids value of money
TCPalm  - Feb 14, 2017
STUART — The past few decades, we have had more people than ever before go to college. We also have more student loan debt and fewer jobs at lower pay for college graduates. This has transcended into a problem for the baby boomers and other parents trying to move towards retirement....
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5 Things to Know About College Financial Aid and Spending
Yahoo News - Feb 13, 2017
With the start of tax season, families with college students are working on a key document used in granting financial aid to their young scholars: the tax return. Things have changed recently and aid experts have a number of tips for getting the biggest aid package possible, and using college savings wisely.. ...
New Timing for Applying for College Aid Offers Opportunities and Pitfalls
Wall Street Journal - Feb 9, 2017
The college-application and decision process just got a bit more complicated. That’s because the 2017-2018 college-application cycle marks the first time students and families could apply for federal financial aid in the fall, several months earlier than in the past. ...
Financial Aid Helps Low-Income Students Graduate
Yahoo News - Feb 13, 2017
A new report from the Association of Community College Trustees, the California Community Colleges' Chancellors Office and the Institute for College Access & Success finds that student success increases among two-year, low-income students if they receive more financial aid.. ...
5 Types of Scholarships to Look For
ULoop - Feb 9, 2017
Money is one of the biggest sources of stress during college years, sometimes even more so than the academic workload. While getting a job or taking out loans might be the first solutions, try searching for scholarships; there are scholarships tailored to every student based on their paths of study, career paths, past experience, cultural background, and much more. ...
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

Clipping Student Debt at Cosmetology Schools
Forbes - Feb 15, 2017
Beauty may be ephemeral, but student debt incurred learning about beauty lasts a lifetime. At least, that’s one of the takeaways from the first round of “gainful employment” data released last month by the Department of Education.....
Report Looks at Success of Career and Technical Education in Milwaukee
WUVM  - Feb 10, 2017
Governor Walker’s proposed biennial budget calls for increases in funding for K-12 schools and the University of Wisconsin System. ..
Career and technical education programs play a vital role in meeting workforce demands
Chicago Tribune - Feb 10, 2017
Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares individuals for high-skill, in-demand jobs that further Illinois' global competitiveness. These programs are at the core of the community college's mission to provide educational opportunities tailored to local business and industry needs......
Archives - Career & Technical Education
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Maine Educators Look Beyond Testing to Measure Student Success
Maine Public Radio - Feb 10, 2017
While school funding is at the center of public debate right now, educators are wrestling with another problem, too: how to measure student success.....
Delaware State PTA introduces college planning tool
Delaware Online - Feb 09, 2017
The Delaware State PTA is launching a new online tool it says will help students better review their options for college, financial aid and scholarships. It is called the CollegePlanningCenter. The PTA is partnering with College Select to offer the tool, which usually costs $199, to Delaware students for a reduced fee. A yearlong subscription will cost $99.....
State System colleges crucial to Pennsylvania
Allied News - Feb 09, 2017
Whether the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s day of reckoning has arrived is a question best left to study and debate. And the state Legislature should make sure it is a part of any debate about the future of PASSHE. ....
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Teen Dating

Beyond Sex Ed: How To Talk To Teens About Love
NPR.org - Feb 15, 2017
Love — or infatuation, at least — is part of school, whether we want it to be or not. It's often school that gives us our first crush, our first dance-induced cold sweat, and that first bitter taste of heartbreak....
Combating teen dating violence
Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald - Feb 14, 2017
“Violence in teenage dating can negatively influence the development of healthy sexuality, intimacy and identity as youth grow into adulthood, and it can increase the risk of physical injury, poor academic performance, binge drinking, suicide attempts, unhealthy sexual behaviors,...
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