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|The High Price of Not Completing College in Four Years |
Wall Street Journal - Jun 8, 2017
How can you save over $20,000 on college costs? Graduate on time. At four-year schools, only about 40% of full-time students graduate on time, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, part of the U.S. Department of Education.....
|QUORA QUESTION: ASSESSING THE PROBLEMS WITH COMMUNITY COLLEGES |
Newsweek - Jun 11, 2017
There are a lot of reasons for the racial gap in graduation rates at community colleges: some have to do with K-12 education and others have to do with the purpose of community colleges. Before I really get into an answer, I do want to first say that this is precisely why communities, families and school counselors have to be more mindful .....
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|What Is a Liberal Arts College? |
Cappex - The College Solution Blog - Jun 8, 2017
Where are you going to college? Technically, this often is the wrong question to ask. Most students seeking a bachelor’s degree attend a university, not a college. Although Americans use university and college interchangeably, they are starkly different in many respects. ...
|7 Ways to Get a Head Start on College Apps the Summer Before Senior Year |
Her Campus - Jun 10, 2017
While thinking about college applications may be the last thing you want to do the summer before your senior year, starting to put some things together can put you at a huge advantage. When the fall comes around, you’re already going to be stressed out with assignments and your social calendar, ...
|Choice of college major makes all the difference |
MyCentralJersey - Jun 8, 2017
As millions of students head off to college this fall, well-meaning parents often encourage them to choose the major of their dreams. Sometimes, students have known for years the particular career that would be perfect for them....
|College Prep: Taking the Angst out of College Apps |
TAPinto - Jun 10, 2017
Back in the dark ages of the 1970s, preparing for college was a lot simpler. I paid attention to which courses I would take, but for a soon-to-be liberal arts major, I didn’t have too much planning to do. Most of us took our SATs once, perhaps an advanced placement test,....
|Not Rocket Science: Writing the College Essay |
Pasadena Now - Jun 8, 2017
The college essay’s importance is suggested by the fact that some high school composition instructors spend weeks teaching it. That’s for two pages of writing that requires no research and doesn’t need to be a literary masterpiece. Without trying to fool themselves into thinking that writing the college essay is easy..
Students with Disabilities
|Inclusion, Career and Technical Education Help Students With Disabilities |
EdWeek (registration required) - Jun 12, 2017
Students with disabilities who spend at least 80 percent of their school day in general education courses have higher rates of on-time graduation, college attendance, and employment than students with disabilities who are similar in other ways, but who spend less time in general education, according to a new study.....
|The Myth of Disability ‘Sob Stories’ |
New York Times - Jun 14, 2017
Last November, a surprise announcement changed my life. I had been selected as a 2017 Rhodes Scholar. It was exhilarating news. Several days later, however, I got another, less pleasant surprise. A professor at my university stopped me in the hall and said,...
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - Jun 15, 2017
The Big Five—What Shaped Our World This Year This isn’t the last column of the year, but this is the last column when at least a few counselors still have students in the building. ... More
|The Youth-Counseling Program Helping to Curb Chicago's Violence |
The Atlantic - Jun 12, 2017
In the minds of many, the South Side of Chicago has descended into a type of madness. While crime doesn’t define the vibrant, inspiring city, violence clings to certain South Side streets where shootings have become commonplace. ...
|15 Things Parents Should Do Before Their Teen Leaves for College |
NBC News - Jun 12, 2017
There are a million things to do the summer before your teen heads off to college. You may question how you can possibly get it all done in time, but don’t worry, you will find a way! This checklist will help you and your teen plan for all the little things that may come up the summer before college...
|I’m going to miss my son, and his friends, when he heads to college |
Boston Globe - Jun 13, 2017
“What’s up, Mom?” my 18-year-old son, Phinny, shouts as he trudges in after school, followed by his friends Myles, Dan, and Sheldon. “Hey, Sandra,” the boys call out, dropping their backpacks in the hallway and heading to the fridge, where they immediately cause a bottleneck...
|Five Things To Expect During The College Research Process |
Forbes - Jun 12, 2017
To everything there is a season, except, of course when you consider global warming or the college admission process. The latter runs constantly now, starting earlier and earlier before really ramping up in the second half of students' junior year of high school....
SATs & ACTs
|Read to Ace the SAT, New Test Taking Tips |
Language Magazine - Jun 8, 2017
A recent article in the New York Times (Hernandez, 2017) recommended that students from low-income backgrounds prepare for the SAT (Scholastic Achievement Test) “like a rich kid” by spending hundreds of hours studying test prep books, visiting tutors, and taking online cram courses.....
|Defeat SAT Science Content With This Summer Prep Plan |
US News - Jun 12, 2017
The SAT and ACT once differed in several areas: The ACT was notable for testing scientific knowledge and reasoning, while the SAT left that material to more specialized subject tests. As of March 2016, however, the lines have blurred significantly. Following the SAT's recent redesign, that exam now contains science questions....
|Private Scholarships Could Lead to More Student Debt |
US News - Jun 14, 2017
For students trying to cover the high cost of higher education today, private scholarships can be a dream come true. But at some colleges and universities, private scholarships are running up against the nightmare of scholarship displacement financial aid policies.....
|Explore Loan Options for International Students |
US News - Jun 9, 2017
Studying in the U.S. isn't cheap, and it's usually even more expensive if you're an international student. Most international students, including F-1 visa holders, aren't eligible for student loans from the U.S. government....
|Giving financial aid ideas the old college try |
Des Moines Register - Jun 13, 2017
Both Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. David Young gave voters an insight into their views on college last week during a legislative luncheon sponsored by the Altoona Chamber of Commerce.....
Career and Technical Education
||How To Earn Six Figures Without A Four-Year Degree |
NPR.org - Jun 12, 2017
By 2025, two million jobs will be unfilled because U.S. companies won’t be able to find the skilled labor they need. Many of these jobs provide a middle-class salary — some pay six figures annually — and don’t require a four-year-degree....
|Trump wants to increase apprenticeship, vocational opportunities |
NPR.org - Jun 8, 2017
President Donald Trump hopes to offer more resources for students to pursue apprenticeship and vocational education opportunities by expanding access to financial aid and changing accreditation policies, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.....
|Cal State to End Placement Exams |
Inside Higher Ed - Jun 13, 2017
Many community colleges are moving away from placement exams as a means of determining the skills of incoming students. Now the California State University System is planning to do the same in an effort to increase graduation rates....
Teens Summer Jobs
|Teenagers Have Stopped Getting Summer Jobs—Why? |
The Atlantic - Jun 9, 2017
The summer job is considered a rite of passage for the American Teenager. It is a time when tossing newspaper bundles and bussing restaurant tables acts as a rehearsal for weightier adult responsibilities, like bundling investments and bussing dinner-party plates..
|Endangered rite of passage: Teen summer jobs |
CBS News - Jun 9, 2017
Chances are good you won't see as many teens working at the local fast-food restaurant this summer compared with a decade ago, even though America's unemployment rate is now at a 16-year low. ..
SATs & ACTs
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