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Big Picture

Is a two-year college sometimes the best path to a four-year degree?
Hechinger Report  - Feb 8, 2017
California State University, Northridge is one of most diverse schools in the nation. But roughly half of its students don’t graduate in six years, and many never receive a degree...
Universities try new way of providing aid to boost graduation rates for low-income students
Washington Post  - Feb 6, 2017
The schools are studying the effects of providing small grants to low-income students who might drop out or take longer to graduate when money dries up...
State Support Up 3.4%
Inside Higher Ed  - Feb 6, 2017
State support for higher education is rising moderately this fiscal year, with more than three-quarters of states posting increases on the way to countrywide percentage growth in the low single digits.....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

The Common App Essay Prompts Are Changing. Here’s Why It Doesn’t Matter
Huffington Post  - Feb 7, 2017
After a month-long survey that captured the feedback of over 5000 individuals–more than half of them students–The Common Application has released its 2017-2018 essay prompts. For those of you who will be applying to college next year, here’s a closer look at what’s changing—and, more importantly, what’s not.....
Nancy Griesemer: A ‘must-have’ guide to public university honors programs
Admissions Intel - Blog - Feb 7, 2017
It’s easy to form an analogy between college applications and a giant puzzle. Everything has to fit just right for success. Fact is just about everything on college applications has a maximum word or character count. ...
Maximizing Space on College Applications
Huffington Post - Feb 3, 2017
It’s easy to form an analogy between college applications and a giant puzzle. Everything has to fit just right for success. Fact is just about everything on college applications has a maximum word or character count. ...
Map: Find the A-Plus Schools for B Students
US News  - Feb 2, 2017
College admissions is competitive. It's difficult to get into the highest-ranked schools even with a perfect GPA and test scores......
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What We Learn From Kids Who Don’t Get Into Their Dream College
Huffington Post - Feb 3, 2017
“Deny” was the most spoken and written word in my vocabulary when I worked in selective college admissions. “Waitlist” was second, with “defer” not far behind. The least likely word I used for the greater part of my career was “admit.” ...
Deferred, what are your options?
Villager Publishing - Feb 8, 2017
Do you have any suggestions for a student who was deferred from an Ivy but would like to do anything possible to be in the running for a spot in next fall’s freshman class? Her grades and test scores are excellent. She’s a diligent, intellectual student and is dedicated to her community service. ...
Archives - Early
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Campus Visits

20 Things For Your College Visit Checklist
Forbes - Feb 8, 2017
After submitting your college applications, essays, and gathering recommendations, you will soon be making your final college decision! With several weeks to notify colleges of your decision, ..
6 Questions You Need To Ask On College Visits
The State Journal-Register - Feb 7, 2017
With school vacations around the corner, families are packing up the car for road trips and campus tours. If you have a sophomore or junior in high school, now is the time to visit! Most families will sit obediently in information sessions soaking up what is said, but few will raise their hands and ask the tough questions., ..
4 Ways to Tour a College Without Stepping Foot on Campus
Her Campus - Feb 8, 2017
As you prepare for one of the most important choices of your life, there are many ways you can make a well-prepared decision. Selecting the right college involves many nights of pros and cons lists, overseeing tuition costs and trying on school colors to see which ones you like best.., ..
Archives - Campus Visits and Interviews

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Feb 9, 2017
Topic of Your Choice as a College Essay. Just Because You Can...
“Dr. O’Connor?” “Hello, James. How are you?” “Well, I was doing OK, until I heard you wanted to see me.” ... More

Recommendation Rescinded
Inside Higher Ed  - Feb 7, 2017
Many high school seniors dread the midyear report, which shares with colleges the first-semester-of-senior-year grades they have earned. Those experiencing a senior slump fear that their stellar grade point averages may now be a little less stellar, tarnishing an otherwise exemplary record.....
Counselors work to help students succeed
The Garden Island  - Feb 7, 2017
LIHUE — Counseling students is often a thankless job. Being there for kids as they transition into young adulthood is a challenge for Marcia Montayre and Clarisse Kauwe, counselors at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School, as every day is different....
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This is how you and your child select the right college
Washington Post  - Feb 6, 2017
The beauty of our higher education system is its diversity. Our more than 4,000 colleges and universities offer an often bewildering choice of courses, formats and cultures. In these coming weeks, college-bound high school seniors and their parents will try to balance the merits of such issues as big versus small...
Let Parents Be Parents
Chronicle of Higher Ed  - Feb 5, 2017
I don’t remember much about college orientation. But I remember arriving there. It was a weekday, which meant taking time off from my summer job to make the short drive to campus. As my Jeep rattled to a stop,...
Harsh Parenting Can Backfire in Teens
WebMD - Feb 8, 2017
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- "Harsh" parenting that includes frequent yelling, hitting and threats may bring out the worst in teens' behavior instead of getting them to toe the line, a new study suggests...
Sexting, teen dating and parents' role in protecting kids
NorthJersey - Feb 3, 2017
There was a time when one teenager showed romantic interest in another by passing a note during class, visiting where the other one worked or sending a friend to find out if the “like like” feeling was reciprocated. Today, for many teens, nude photos have become part of the process....
4 most important things parents should teach kids about money
MarketWatch - Feb 7, 2017
For decades, Beth Kobliner’s “Get a Financial Life” has been required reading (or at least a required gift) to young adults when they have graduated from college...
Archives - Parents
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Avoid 3 Mistakes to Excel on ACT English Section
US News  - Feb 6, 2017
The ACT English section consists entirely of multiple-choice questions that are based on several reading passages. This portion tests students in two main areas: rhetorical skills, such as style and organization, and mechanics, including syntax, punctuation and grammar.....
Tips to know if choosing the ACT over the SAT exam
MyCentralJersey.com  - Feb 2, 2017
The ACT has become an increasingly popular test for college-bound students. Although for many years the majority of college applicants on the east and west coasts, and in Texas, favored the SAT, many of these students are now taking the ACT. It is being offered, this academic year, in February, April and June.....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Early financial aid letters shake up college decisions
Metro.us - Feb 3, 2017
While the official deadline for making a college decision is May 1, thousands of students across the United States already have been admitted to the schools of their choice. Many also have received financial aid offers, thanks to a new timetable from the Department of Education, ...
Most generous schools – Show me the money
Tribune News Service - Feb 7, 2017
Now that the heavy-lifting is done on college applications and the students have had a bit of a break from sharing their innermost thoughts in college essays, it’s time to gear up and start searching for ways to pay for their dreams.....
Why Almost Everybody Should Apply for College Financial Aid
Wall Street Journal - Jan 28, 2017
I’m told I should fill out financial-aid forms for college, even if I think I don’t qualify. But realistically, how much income is the likely cutoff?.....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education Advocates Pushing for Changes Under Trump
Education Week (registration required)  - Feb 3, 2017
Career and technical education advocates have started their push for a facelift to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act under President Donald Trump. ..
Pros & Cons & Thoughts: Is Going to Culinary School Worth It?
Huffington Post  - Feb 3, 2017
Pros & Cons & Thoughts: Is Going to Culinary School Worth It? I’m often asked by aspiring career-changers, food entrepreneurs, and young foodies if going to culinary school is “worth it”. This is an interesting question. There’s been more and more literature on this topic as the world of food become ..
Archives - Career & Technical Education
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Bill in Connecticut designed to ensure transfer of college credit
Torrington Register Citizen - Feb 4, 2017
HARTFORD >> Josselyn Hernandez’s adviser at Manchester Community College helped her pick classes she thought would serve as prerequisites for a business program at a four-year state university......
House bill would ease graduation criteria for vocational students
The Courier Express - Feb 4, 2017
Pennsylvania’s Speaker of the House Mike Turzai and state Rep. Mike Tobash want to provide career and technical education students with greater flexibility in fulfilling their graduation requirements.....
Manufacturers reaching out to traditional high schoolers
Worcester Business Journal - Feb 6, 2017
In the Blackstone Valley, even with its history as the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, it can sometimes be hard for parents to wrap their heads around manufacturing as a viable career path for their kids. Baby Boomers and Generation Xers hear "manufacturing," and their minds often jump to the loud, ....
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Teen Health

Teens and Sports Supplements: What's the Problem?
US News - Feb 8, 2017
In today's "bigger, better, faster, stronger" sports culture, one trap I often see young male teens fall into is the misconception that what's being ....
U.S. Teens Lag on Recommended Vaccinations
Health Day - Feb 6, 2017
Teens are less likely than younger children to get all their recommended vaccinations, perhaps putting their long-term health at risk, according to a leading group of U.S. pediatricians.....
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