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Big Picture

A Plan to Kill High School Transcripts … and Transform College Admissions
Inside Higher Ed  - May 10, 2017
More than 100 elite private high schools aim to replace traditional transcripts with competency-based, nonstandardized documents -- with no grades. They plan to expand to public high schools, with goal of completely changing how students are evaluated. ...
American Higher Education: An Autopsy
Forbes  - May 8, 2017
Throughout American history, our colleges and universities have enjoyed a respect, even a reverence, from the American people. And for good reason: A college degree has long been seen as the ticket to the American Dream—as the merit-based path onward and upward....
Trump Walks Back Threat to Defund Black Colleges
New York Times  - May 8, 2017
WASHINGTON — When President Trump signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill on Friday, he zeroed in on a tiny sliver of it, suggesting that he might disregard $20 million in funding for loan subsidies and other aid to historically black universities....
How Can We Make College Affordable? Some States Have It Down Better Than Others.
Slate  - May 4, 2017
The crisis of college affordability is in the air. The agony of the 2017 college admissions cycle just came to an end; many students and families just spent a harrowing weekend figuring out how they will afford the bills. And New York State’s recently passed Excelsior Scholarship ...
Can the middle class afford college?
Washington Post  - May 8, 2017
The beginning of May was the deadline for the last of high-school seniors to make their final decision about where they’re going to college next fall. . ...
U.S. charges four Chinese nationals in college entrance exam scam
Reuters  - May 4, 2017
U.S. authorities said on Thursday they arrested four Chinese nationals who were involved in a scheme to falsely take college entrance exams. ...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Top Colleges Still Have Space For Freshmen
Forbes  - May 4, 2017
Don't despair if you have not gotten into the college of your choice or if you have just decided that you want to go to college next fall, there are still many places for you. More than 400 colleges have posted that they have space for freshmen students. ...
Didn't Get Into Your Dream School? These Colleges are Still Accepting Applications for Fall 2017
TIME  - May 4, 2017
In one of the best-kept secrets of college admissions, hundreds of schools — including dozens of well-regarded private colleges and public flagships — re-open their application process in early May, giving students a second chance at getting into a dream school. ...
Common Application Says New Transfer App Will Better Serve Nontraditional Students
Chronicle of Higher Education  - May 10, 2017
he Common Application has long been used primarily by teenagers planning to enroll in college full time right after high school. . ...
How a College Can Take Back Your Acceptance
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - May 8, 2017
According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling, about 35% of colleges report rescinding college acceptances. In fact, the University of California and the University of Colorado typically take back several dozen acceptances each year. With long waiting lists at many colleges, there is no trouble filling those vacancies...
Your complete guide to choosing a college
USA Today  - May 6, 2017
Unlike many of my peers, I was very targeted in my college search. I didn’t apply to any dream universities; I only applied to three schools I knew I could get into....
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Campus Visits

College Tours: Questions To Ask To Make The Most of Campus Visits [VIDEO]
University Herald - May 5, 2017
It is officially the season for college tours, and high school students across the country are on their way to check out the colleges and universities they might be applying to before they finally make the big decision. ....
'Reach, Realistic And Safety' Schools Should Be Considered For Campus Visits
Cape News - May 5, 2017
For the last few weeks, these columns have focused on initial college visits and standardized tests. For those taking the SAT tomorrow, make sure you get a good night’s sleep. ....
Archives - Campus Visits and Interviews

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - May 11, 2017
Is Free Test Prep Worth It?
The world of SAT test prep was thrown for a bit of a loop last year, when College Board partnered with Khan Academy to offer free SAT prep through the well-known online tutorial website. The idea was simple; students with PSAT or SAT score... More

No summer melt: Programs help students negotiate college route
Sioux City Journal - May 6, 2017
Parents send the wrong message. You probably know parents who have suggested to their children that anything is possible. They tell their teenagers some version of this advice: Apply to whatever colleges you want and we’ll find a way to pay for it....
School Officials, Counselors Slam '13 Reasons Why' for Glorifying Teen Suicide
US News - May 5, 2017
A popular new Netflix show about a teenage girl who is raped, bullied, dismissed by her high school guidance counselor and who ultimately commits suicide is challenging school officials, teachers, mental health experts and others concerned that the series glorifies suicide.....
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Warning Signs You’re Paying Too Much for College
Cappex The College Solution Blog - May 3, 2017
Parents send the wrong message. You probably know parents who have suggested to their children that anything is possible. They tell their teenagers some version of this advice: Apply to whatever colleges you want and we’ll find a way to pay for it....
Note To Former Self: You're Way Too Young For College
WBUR.org - May 9, 2017
A friend recently wrote to tell me that her 18-year-old daughter is down to two final college choices, and that the decision must be made and the deposit paid within a week....
Archives - Parents
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Free Khan Academy SAT tutorials boost scores, study finds
EdSource  - May 8, 2017
The partnership between the College Board and the online Khan Academy in offering free SAT prep tutorials has helped boost scores significantly on that widely used college entrance exam, the organizations announced Monday..,...
Explore AP Courses' Pros And Cons Before Signing Up
Forbes  - May 5, 2017
According to a recent NPR report, nearly 3 million high school students at 22,000 high schools will be taking their Advanced Placement exams over the next few weeks. From Literature to chemistry to art history, Latin, Physics and 25 other options,.,...
Does free mean better for students choosing SAT prep courses
Virginia Pilot  - May 8, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — Is there a price that a worried parent wouldn't pay to help a child do well on college admissions tests? The good news is that test preparation doesn't have to be expensive anymore....
How to Juggle Multiple AP Exams
US News  - May 8, 2017
If you're worried about Advanced Placement exam season, you're not alone. For students who are taking more than one AP assessment, the stress can be overwhelming....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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How to Do the Fafsa Right
Wall Street Journal - May 7, 2017
Readers continually send us questions about how best to handle saving for and paying for higher education. This month we focus on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the Fafsa, as well as “529” accounts, ..
IRS Tool Won't be Restored for 2017-18 Aid Cycle
Inside Higher Ed - May 4, 2017
The IRS data retrieval tool that let financial aid applicants automatically import income information into the FAFSA won't be restored for the current aid cycle, said James Runcie, chief operating officer of the Office of Federal Student Aid, in written testimony to Congress Wednesday. ..
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

At These Maine Tech Schools, Classrooms Are Structured Like Workplaces
Maine Public Radio - May 5, 2017
On both the state and national level, there has been a call for increased emphasis on career and technical education, or CTE. The intent is to teach more students skills such as business management, manufacturing and computer science. ..
How we can use apprenticeships to fill jobs and boost the economy
The Hill - May 5, 2017
When Americans hear the term “apprentice,” they probably don’t picture a young woman installing and configuring hardware and software, training end users in a new computer system, or conducting complex cost-benefit analyses of emerging technologies ..
Archives - Career & Technical Education
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Parents, guidance counselors grill state officials on free college tuition
News-12  - May 9, 2017
PURCHASE - State education officials are making the rounds at colleges across the Hudson Valley to discuss the free tuition plan, but some students and parents are finding it comes with some strings attached... ..
NY free-tuition enrollment may start next month
Times Herald-Record  - May 8, 2017
NEW PALTZ - Applications to enroll in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship program are expected to be available on June 7, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher said Monday.. ..
Should N.J. copy N.Y.'s tuition-free college program? Not so fast, state says
NJ.com  - May 9, 2017
TRENTON -- Now that New York has decided to offer a tuition-free program at its public colleges and universities, New Jersey lawmakers have been wondering: Should the Garden State take a similar approach? ,. ..
Maryland's BOOST Scholarships program accepting applications
WBAL-TV  - May 8, 2017
BALTIMORE — Maryland parents will continue to get state help sending their children to private and non-public schools because of a popular and sometimes controversial scholarship program called Broadening Option and Opportunities for Students Today.,. ..
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Teen Dating

New study sheds light on risks of teen dating abuse
CBS News  - May 8, 2017
Girls who go through puberty earlier than their peers may be more vulnerable to abuse from a boyfriend, new research suggests. ..
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