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College Access Index Shows Shrinking Levels Of Economic Diversity
NPR.org  - May 30, 2017
NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with New York Times columnist David Leonhardt about how this year's college access index shows that economic diversity is shrinking at American colleges.. ...
Forget the marketing gimmicks: It’s time for colleges to cut costs.
Washington Post  - May 26, 2017
Traditionally, May 1 is the end of the college search for high school seniors. That’s when deposits are due for a spot in the fall freshman class on campuses nationwide....
Top Colleges Doing the Most for the American Dream
New York Times - Sunday Review  - May 25, 2017
Welcome to the third annual College Access Index. It's a New York Times ranking of colleges — those with a five-year graduation rate of at least 75 percent — based on their commitment to economic diversity. ...
The Assault on Colleges — and the American Dream
New York Times - May 25, 2017
The country’s most powerful engine of upward mobility is under assault. Public colleges have an unmatched record of lofting their students into the middle class and beyond. For decades, they have enrolled teenagers and adults from modest backgrounds,. ....
Why Did The Top Student Aid Official Under Betsy DeVos Resign?
NPR.org - May 25, 2017
The sudden resignation of an Obama appointee who oversaw student aid at the U.S. Department of Education has brought forth competing explanations. ....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

The Common Application gets an update
MarketPlace - May 29, 2017
The application used by thousands of high school students to apply to colleges is going to get a new version, one that tailors to a large but under-recognized portion of the student population. ....
Lessons learned freshman year – Part 2, importance of connecting
Tribune News Service - May 31, 2017
When students share what makes them anxious about heading off to college, most of them confess that they’re concerned about leaving the social comforts of high school; their “friend group” and their familiar surroundings.....
Former Ivy League admissions officer reveals how schools pick students
Business Insider - May 30, 2017
High-school students all over the country are putting the finishing touches on their college applications. While the decision process may appear shrouded in mystery for college hopefuls, admissions officers know the intricacies that take place on campus....
Learn How Teens Can Get High School Credit for Internships
US News - May 30, 2017
Internships are a great way for teens to explore careers, and some high school students may be able to earn credit for these experiences. ...
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Campus Visits

College Tour Guide to Parents: Let Your Student Pick Their School
NBC News - May 29, 2017
The worst thing — and I see it all the time — is I'm giving a tour, and the parent is totally there and totally focused, and I can tell the student doesn't want to go to Brandeis. College is a huge thing, it's life-changing, but at some point you have to trust that your child knows what schools they want to go to....
How to Make the Most of Summer College Visits
NY Metro Parents - May 30, 2017
It's ideal to tour colleges in the fall or spring, but it is often hard to get away with crazy sports and extracurricular schedules, standardized testing, etc. When school's out for summer, many students and parents have much more time......
Archives - Campus Visits and Interviews
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Top College Officials Share Notes on Great Application Essays
US News - May 25, 2017
The college application essay allows students to speak directly to school officials. Over the years, admissions officers have read application essays that made them cry and made them laugh. And while some essay topics may be overdone, the right topic will depend on the student...
This essay got a high-school senior into Harvard, Yale, MIT, and other top schools
Business Insider - May 28, 2017
Harvard University freshman Brenden Rodriquez is immersed in the strenuous course load required of his mechanical engineering major. But before he was accepted to the prestigious Ivy League school, he had to first navigate the tricky aspect of writing a stellar admissions essay....
Archives - Essays

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Jun 1, 2017
Collarbones and 200 Valedictorians: Too Many Shiny Objects
It started out simply enough. The student had worn a shirt that exposed her collarbones, a violation of the school dress code. The principal called this to the student’s attention, and asked her to put on a jacket, and she complied. Now we can get back to learning, yes?... More

Hobsons’ New Tool Connects High School Counselors With College Admissions Officers
EdSurge - May 25, 2017
MATCHMAKING: There are many online tools that aim to help students find the right college; these schools also spend plenty of money on recruiting services. Now there’s something for counselors....
13 Reasons Why Not: Michigan Teens Talk Honestly About Suicide
NPR.org - May 30, 2017
The popular Netflix show 13 Reasons Why is about a teen who commits suicide. Youth Radio brings us the story of one Michigan high school's project called 13 Reasons Why Not. It features 13 stories of students overcoming their struggles...
When Schools Meet Trauma With Understanding, Not Discipline
WDEL - May 30, 2017
If you know anything about New Orleans public schools, you probably know this: Hurricane Katrina wiped them out and almost all the schools became privately run charters....
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Let Your Kids Make Their Own Decisions In College, With Your Support
Forbes - May 29, 2017
I'm the first to admit that I've entered the "You kids, get off the lawn!" stage of life. I graduated from college 40 years ago when the only computer I knew of on campus was a room-sized behemoth in the basement of the administration building....
4 Ways to Set Boundaries with Your Parents Before College
Her Campus - May 30, 2017
Imagine you are at the end of your freshman year of college, packing up your dorm and reflecting back on all that’s happened your first year away from home....
5 Gifts For High School Seniors That Will Set Them Up For Financial Success
Forbes - May 26, 2017
Are you on the hunt for a great gift for the special graduate in your life? Back in the day, I received a special present — a gold cross pen — from my older cousin who was already in college. I felt so sophisticated! ....
The Right Way to Borrow
Wealth Management - May 26, 2017
More than 70 percent of college students borrow for college, with the average undergraduate leaving college with more than $37,000, loans are at a historic high. And those figures don’t include what parents borrow....
What to know if your child fails out of college
Santa Fe New Mexican - May 28, 2017
When I was a graduate student teaching English 101, one of my students came to me in late May to beg for a higher grade to avoid dismissal in June. We went over remaining assignments for the term, and I determined he would be unlikely to be able to raise his grade in the time left....
Archives - Parents
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Calling the Testing Companies
Inside Higher Ed - May 25, 2017
The National Association for College Admission Counseling last year issued a statement to the testing industry, calling for reforms that would address security and other issues in admissions testing. ...
Some High Schoolers May Benefit From Taking CLEP Exams
US News - May 29, 2017
The College-Level Examination Program offers students an opportunity to earn college-level credit by taking one or more of the 33 CLEP exams. CLEP tests are not as well-known as Advanced Placement, dual enrollment or International Baccalaureate ...
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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College Corner: Work-Study Is Often A Misunderstood Goldmine
Cape News  - May 26, 2017
Did you know that work-study is listed as part of the college’s financial aid package? In practice, it is rarely used to cover bills for tuition and fees. Instead, it is mostly used to cover socializing, partying, pizzas, weekend trips, and miscellaneous expenses. ...
Finally, some welcome news about college tuition
CBS News  - May 25, 2017
Here's a fact about college tuition that may ease the worries of parents and students about to enroll in a bachelor's degree program: There's the sticker price, and there's what people actually pay. ...
States consider cutting middle-class aid for higher ed
CBS News  - May 25, 2017
States are considering proposed cuts to aid for students attending college, including programs intended to help middle-class families pay for college tuition and expenses, as some argue middle class aid takes funds from the most needy college applicants, according to Inside Higher Ed....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

Lots of people are excited about career and technical education. But new international research points to a potential downside
Chalkbeat - May 30, 2017
Quick: What’s one education topic that Betsy DeVos, Randi Weingarten, Donald Trump, and Al Franken all support?....
New after-school program at Worcester Tech opens career doors for alternative school students
Worcester Telegram - May 27, 2017
WORCESTER — After a successful trial run this year, school officials and business leaders are hoping to expand a grant-funded program that allows alternative school students to receive after-hours career training at the district’s main vocational high school....
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Facing Skepticism, Baker, Walsh Launch ‘Free College’ Plan In Boston
WGBH.org OnCampus  - May 31, 2017
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh have partnered to launch a program that makes public college tuition-free for low-income Boston residents ...
Closing Connecticut Community Colleges Wrongheaded
Hartford Courant  - May 26, 2017
We know we live in tough budget times when you have to consider closing community colleges. Last week, Mark Ojakian, president of the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities system, ..
New York state students may start applying for free college tuition in June
ABC News  - May 29, 2017
New York college students may apply for the state's free tuition plan beginning June 7. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the New York state Higher Education Services Corporation Board of Trustees approved Excelsior Scholarship regulations last week. ..
These programs help Maine college students graduate faster, with less debt
Bangor Daily News  - May 26, 2017
This month, college seniors from across Maine will walk across the stage to accept their diplomas — most after four or more years of classes. For more and more students, however, graduation day will come much sooner, a trend designed to make college more appealing and affordable. ..
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Teen Drinking

Study links lying to parents, teenage drinking
UPI  - May 25, 2017
May 25 (UPI) -- A new longitudinal study by U.S. and Russian researchers found a direct link between teenagers lying and a higher risk of alcohol consumption in teens. ...
Binge-drinking and drug-taking teenagers are 5 TIMES more likely to commit suicide in their 20s
Daily Mail  - May 26, 2017
Teenagers who frequently binge-drink are more likely to commit suicide in their 20s, alarming new research shows. Those admitted to hospital with alcohol-related injuries face a five-fold increased risk of killing themselves, it suggests....
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