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Similar students, different results: where black college students do best, and worst
Hechinger Report  - Mar 1, 2017
It seems it really does matter what college you go to, especially if you’re black. Colleges that say they can’t improve graduation rates for their black students because they enroll too many poor students or too many who are academically unprepared are sometimes just making excuses, a new report says...
Which Colleges Might Give You The Best Bang For Your Buck?  - Feb 26, 2017
The cost of college is high and rising, while a bachelor's degree is practically required to get ahead. It's hard enough for a family with means to get a student through school these days, let alone a low-income family...
It's Not Enough For Working Class Kids To Get Into College
Forbes  - Feb 26, 2017
The rising cost of higher education presents a huge obstacle to students from less advantaged backgrounds, but a new report suggests it’s not the lack of money that makes college tough for working class kids...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

College Advice: How I Read An Application
Forbes  - Feb 28, 2017
At this time of year, college admissions officers like me are bleary-eyed from weeks of reading applications. Many of us are now in committee sessions, determining which applicants will receive offers of admission. At the very few super-selective, single-digit-percentage-acceptance places, the process is Darwinian,...
Tips on college freshman admissions from a freshman
The Watch Dog  - Feb 23, 2017
While most Bellevue College students who want to attend a four-year university transfer, Running Start students must go through the freshman application process just like any other high school student if they want to attend a university in the fall after their senior year.....
4 Things I Would've Done Differently During My College Search
Her Campus  - Feb 26, 2017
High school seniors, I salute you. As if it isn’t enough to have to worry about making the most of the little time you have left with the people you’ve spent the last four or more years with, throwing in the need to master the SAT and graduate with an impressive GPA only adds fuel to the fire....
No need to stress out over college planning if you take it step by step
Poughkeepsie Journal  - Feb 24, 2017
Planning for college doesn't have to be stressful. Use time to your advantage to map out a realistic, methodical and personal plan. You should be actively involved in the planning and seek out sources of valuable information from your school guidance counselor, ...
Remove Barriers & Watch Applications Surge
GoLocalProcv College Admissions  - Feb 27, 2017
The stats would make most colleges and universities green with envy: Colby College applications up 90% since 2013, George Washington University up 28% for the Class of 2020 over the Class of 2019. Meanwhile, Harvard excitedly posts news about a 4.6% increase in applicants this year. Why are Colby and George Washington seeing these surges?....
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Tired of people asking where you’re going to college? Here’s what to say.
Washington Post Magazine  - Feb 23, 2017
Everywhere she’s gone during the past few months, high school senior Katie Phelan has been asked a variation of one question: Where are you going to college?....
Real Story Behind College Wait Lists
The College Solution Blog  - Feb 17, 2017
“The college invasion.” This is how my high school seniors describe the scene on our campus each fall. Admission visitors – like extraterrestrials – arrive in their rental cars with big smiles and stories of bright new worlds. Their message is always the same: “Take me to your leaders.”.....
Archives - Early/Defer/Waitlisted
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Campus Visits

Preparing for a college visit
The Philadelphia Tribune - Feb 28, 2017
Visiting campuses to help narrow down one’s choice is a great way to get a feel for the college or university. And when the time comes, it can help you decide if a specific college is right for you. Here are some tips to get the best out of your campus visit. ..
College Corner: College Tour Questions To Consider
Falmouth Enterprise - Feb 23, 2017
For the last two articles, I focused on how a parent/student can create a college visit list. If that has not been accomplished by now, I recommend that you finish that project first. Try to resist the temptation to just jump forward to going on a visit, as each visit should be well prepared. ..
Archives - Campus Visits and Interviews
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Students with Disabilities

Students with Learning Disabilities Can Secure Scholarships for College
US News - Feb 23, 2017
College – and paying for it – is tough enough for students who don't face the challenges of physical or learning disabilities. But neither these disabilities nor financial barriers should prevent deserving students from pursuing college....
Harvard officials allegedly stole $110,000 meant for students with disabilities
The Christian Science Monitor - Mar 1, 2017
Two former Harvard Law School administrators have been accused of stealing thousands of dollars from an account meant to help students with disabilities. ...
How Teacher Training Hinders Special-Needs Students
The Atlantic - Mar 1, 2017
BLOOMFIELD, N.J.—When Mary Fair became a teacher in 2012, her classes often contained a mix of special-education students and general-education students. ...
Archives - Students with Disabilities

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Mar 2, 2017
Reducing “Other Duties as Assigned”
“For reasons that have never been clear, many schools either give the task of test coordination to counselors, or assume counselors do that as part of their job. ,... More

Today's School Counselors Tackle Much More Than Class Scheduling
Baltimore Sun  - Feb 23, 2017
Everything from scheduling classes to counseling suicidal teens is all in a day's work for a high school counselor. Being ready for anything is the best way Webster Groves High School Counselor Ken Winingham can prepare for the day. ....
School counselors are not enough
Baltimore Sun  - Feb 27, 2017
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is calling for more psychologists in schools to help children "deal with fear and trauma" ("Pugh wants psychological services for Baltimore school students to cope with violence," Feb. 24).....
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If You Want Your Kid to Help Pay for College, Read This
TIME  - Feb 28, 2017
You've been preparing your child for adult responsibilities for years. Now, in your kid's senior year of high school—college acceptances and financial aid offers in hand—you face a pivotal question about responsibility: How much money should your child raise for college, either through earnings or loans?...
College loans are making it harder for parents to retire
MarketWatch  - Feb 27, 2017
Take Harlan Crider, of Elverson, Pa.: He’s 79, and he’s still putting in about 40 hours a week doing property assessments. He’d rather retire, but he owes $400 a month on loans he took out to help pay for his son’s college....
Online Risks Are Everyday Events for Teens -- But They Rarely Tell Their Parents
Forbes  - Feb 28, 2017
oday’s teenagers are such “digital natives” that it probably seems sometimes like they were literally born with a computer chip implanted in their brains. They send and receive Snapchats and Kik and WhatsApp messages on the fly,...
Archives - Parents
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College Board tightens SAT security around the globe to fight cheating
Atlanta Journal-Constitution  - Feb 24, 2017
In an effort to combat cheating, the College Board — the firm behind the SAT exam — announced new plans to tighten security. In a news release Tuesday, the firm wrote the new measures “constitute the most robust and direct actions taken by a college entrance exam provider.”...
Here's the ideal study schedule for the SAT, according to a New York City tutor who charges $1,500 an hour
Business Insider  - Mar 1, 2017
Conversations about SAT and ACT scores are ubiquitous for high school students applying to college. Still, although most student understand the high-stakes nature of the exams, many are still unsure what their study schedule should look like to ensure top results....
ACT Adds July Date to Testing Schedule
Education Week  - Feb 28, 2017
ACT Inc. announced last week that it will begin offering a summer test date for the ACT college-admissions exam beginning next year. The move matches one by its rival, the College Board, which recently introduced a 2017 summer test date for its SAT exam....
Use Your PreACT, PSAT Performance to Choose a College Entrance Exam
US News  - Feb 27, 2017
Choosing between the ACT and SAT is a pivotal decision that all college-bound high school students must make. One of the key steps in reaching an informed decision is to sit for an official practice test – the PreACT or PSAT – which give you a better idea of what to expect when you take the official college entrance exams....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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How to land scholarships few people know about
CBS News - Feb 27, 2017
By now, many high school seniors have received financial aid offers from colleges. But far too many families think that means they’re done with the aid search.. ...
College Admissions Expert Elizabeth Levine: Paying Back Your Student Loan Debt
Warwick Advertiser - Feb 26, 2017
Although I am not a debt counselor, only pro actively help families and students navigate through and understand the financial aid process, I helped him to understand the potential ramifications if he chose to default on his loans. ...
Financial aid tips for students
York Dispatch - Feb 28, 2017
Although I am not a debt counselor, only pro actively help families and students navigate through and understand the financial aid process, I helped him to understand the potential ramifications if he chose to default on his loans. ...
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

Here’s why vocational training is in high demand
Marketplace - Feb 23, 2017
ALBANY, N.Y. >> If you are looking for a job, there is no better way to do it than armed with technical skills. According to business leaders, the state Department of Labor and a ManpowerGroup survey of employers, jobs in the skilled trades are the hardest to fill. In its 2015 Talent Shortage Survey, .....
100 years of secondary career prep success
The Hill - Feb 27, 2017
What do sports medicine, cybersecurity, global marketing and environmental conservation all have in common? Thanks to today’s career and technical education (CTE), students have the opportunity to pursue classes in all these fields, along with dozens of others. However, CTE.....
Technical skills give jobseekers a leg up
Troy Record - Feb 27, 2017
ALBANY, N.Y. >> If you are looking for a job, there is no better way to do it than armed with technical skills. According to business leaders, the state Department of Labor and a ManpowerGroup survey of employers, jobs in the skilled trades are the hardest to fill. In its 2015 Talent Shortage Survey, .....
Archives - Career & Technical Education
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Student Athletes

A quick parent guide to getting quality video for a highlight film
USA Today HSS - Mar 1, 2017
When it comes to athletic recruiting, looking good on paper is one thing but looking good on video is essential. It’s true college coaches need to see test scores and transcripts...
Archives - Athletic Recruitment
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Fewer high school students are applying for college aid under the California Dream Act
Los Angeles Times - Feb 22, 2017
Fears about heightened enforcement of federal immigration laws combined with confusion and anti-immigrant rhetoric might be causing thousands of California students who came to the United States without legal papers to forgo valuable college aid......
Colorado students could earn biliteracy credential on diploma
Chalkbeat Colorado - Feb 27, 2017
Colorado high school graduates next year likely will be able to earn a new credential that proves to colleges and employers they can communicate in at least two languages......
California education officials reject Long Beach's request to replace statewide assessment with SAT
EdSource - Feb 23, 2017
A half-dozen states are planning to swap their 11th-grade statewide assessment tests for the SAT this spring. Long Beach Unified wanted to join them, but California’s state superintendent and State Board of Education president emphatically said no......
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Social Media

Here's how teens use Snapchat
Los Angeles Times  - Feb 27, 2017
Snapchat could be valued at more than $20 billion in an initial public offering this week. But that lofty figure might rapidly sink if the app doesn’t keep adding users...
To Keep Teens Safe Online, They Need To Learn To Manage Risk  - Feb 27, 2017
Parents of teens know how tricky it is to keep their kids physically safe while balancing their need for greater independence, but when it comes to keeping them safe online, it can be even trickier...
Archives - Social Media
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