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Why Colleges Already Face Race-Related Challenges In Serving Future Students
NPR.org  - May 24, 2017
Today, more Americans graduate high school and go on to college than ever before. But as the country becomes more diverse — the Census Bureau expects that by 2020 more than half of the nation's children will be part of a minority race or ethnic group — are colleges and universities ready to serve them?...
How Colleges Know What You Can Afford (and the Limits of That Tactic)
New York Times - The Upshot - May 18, 2017
Earlier this month, Kelly Jordan, vice president for student affairs at Holy Cross College in South Bend, Ind., accidentally sent an email to the entire student body declaring that the small Catholic college was on the brink of financial ruin....
President Trump's Budget Proposal Calls For Deep Cuts To Education
NPR.org  - May 22, 2017
President Trump's full budget proposal for fiscal year 2018, to be released Tuesday, calls for a $9.2 billion, or 13.5 percent, spending cut to education. The cuts would be spread across K-12 and aid to higher education,...
The Rise Of Vocational 2.0 Jobs Will Revolutionize Higher Education
Forbes - May 22, 2017
Conscientious teachers at any grade level know how difficult it is to grade students fairly and honestly. Although it may be easier in math and the sciences to put a number on students' achievements, the questions of effort, ability and overall attitude can color one's decisions at grading time...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

6 Ways to Clean Up Your Social Media Before College
Her Campus  - May 20, 2017
In the age of social media, it is no secret that we are more connected than ever before. All millennials are used to being warned about keeping their social media pages “clean,” but just how should you go about doing so? Luckily,...
Secrets to a successful freshman year – Lessons learned, Part 1
Tribune News Service - May 24, 2017
Last fall, I reached out to Ben Knoble for his wisdom on adjusting to freshman year of college. Ben was a 2016 Ardrey Kell High School graduate and had just started at UNC Chapel Hill. His sage words resonated with students and parents, and so I thought I would circle back and find out how the rest of his year went....
10 Tips to a Successful Transfer from a Community College
Cappex - The College Solution Blog - May 23, 2017
Here is one of higher-education’s more discouraging realities: Most community college students, who would like to obtain a bachelor’s degree, never do.....
Starting out at community college seems like a really good idea until ... it's not
CNBC - May 17, 2017
It's no secret that attending a community college can be a stepping stone toward obtaining a bachelor's degree. However, few of these students actually get there within four years....
College Admissions: 6 Last-Minute Summer Ideas for HS Students
GoLocalProv College Admissions - May 22, 2017
Summer vacation is just around the corner, and many teens still haven’t made plans. While most teens want a job, they can be tough to find. So, here are some other ways to make the most of your summer and impress admissions officers:...
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Gap Year

Making the most of a gap year before college
CNBC  - May 19, 2017
For some high school seniors, putting college on hold could be just the right thing. Also known as a "gap year," the break between high school and college might include travel, work, research or volunteering before continuing academic studies.....
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - May 25, 2017
College Advisers—Helpers to All Students
She wanted to encourage her students to think about going to college, but after a while, she realized her words were only going to go so far. Taking her students to visit a college campus seemed like a great idea, but her district wasn’t exactly awash in field trip money... More

Counselors: '13 Reasons Why' should open door to much-needed conversation about suicide prevention in Delaware schools
WDEL - May 22, 2017
A controversial Netflix featuring some disturbing subject matter has counselors statewide on alert. 13 Reasons Why, which is based on a novel, is about 17-year-old Hannah Baker committing suicide and leaving behind a series of audio tapes addressed to fellow students.....
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The Ethos of the Overinvolved Parent
The Atlantic - May 18, 2017
Stacy G.’s daughter was having a meltdown. Her daughter, a sophomore at a prestigious private college, wanted an internship at Boston Children’s Hospital, a plum job that would look great on her applications to graduate school.....
4 Tips to Help Teens Manage Finals, End-of-Year Activities
US News - May 22, 2017
The school year is winding down, and for many high schoolers, that means fun activities and important academic tasks are on the horizon......
What Every Parent Needs To Know About Sexting
Huffington Post - May 22, 2017
I had a recent breakthrough about sexting. I have a fourteen-year old daughter, so sexting is something I discuss frequently with other parents, often in hushed tones. Our conversations have several refrains: that sexting is a dangerous......
Here's whose parents pay for college
Business Insider - May 22, 2017
Your college years may be the best ones of your life, but they can also be the most expensive. Many of today’s students are financing their education with loans, and are graduating with more debt than ever......
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Should You Reschedule That SAT? As Pollen Counts Rise, Test Scores Can Fall
New York Times - The Upshot - May 22, 2017
Using data from Norway, a recent study shows that when pollen levels rise, students’ test scores fall. The study used data from nearly 70,000 high school exit exams, which Norwegian students must pass to graduate and are used for higher education placemen...
Build on AP, IB Exams to Prepare for College
US News - May 22, 2017
If you sat for an Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exam this year, you have achieved an important milestone in your academic career. You may now be ready to take the summer off before college.....
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When Colleges Dangle Money to Lure Students Who Ignored Them
New York Times  - May 24, 2017
In the minds of parents and teenagers going through the college application process, May 1 is a magic date. At that point, you’ll have made your decision, sent in a deposit, bought a sticker for your car window and posted your choice on social media...
White House Would Slash Student Aid and NSF
Inside Higher Ed - May 19, 2017
The White House's 2018 budget for education -- expected to be released next week as part of the administration's full spending proposals -- appears to double down on the eye-popping cuts to programs included in the Trump administration's "skinny budget" released in March. ...
Financial aid: How elite private colleges penalize students with too much “skin in the game”
North by Northwestern - May 21, 2017
Last summer, Andrew lifeguarded for $9.50 per hour and earned $4,000. Before filing his Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and College Scholarship Service Profile, he withdrew his savings from the bank and stashed the funds in his family’s fireproof safe. ...
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Career and Technical Education

Reinventing high school
The Christian Science Monitor - May 21, 2017
Two-dozen high school students are gathered around a large work table as manufacturing teacher Dan Cassidy holds out boxes of metal bars and gears. The students choose among the parts to build model bicycles. “What else are we going to use today? Let me hear some vocab here,” he says. When a student shouts out “chains,” ...
What Community Colleges Do That Universities Don’t
TIME - May 22, 2017
In tiny Watertown, South Dakota — in the middle of America — one community college is doing the unthinkable. Six months after graduation, 99% of students from Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI) are employed or continuing their education...
The Rise Of Vocational 2.0 Jobs Will Revolutionize Higher Education
Forbes - May 18, 2017
Throughout my childhood, David Letterman was a spectral gap-toothed presence. As my bedtime was long before Late Night with David Letterman aired on NBC at 12:30 a.m., I had only a vague sense of his antics like tossing watermelons off New York buildings...
Can a Career Tech Ed. School Be Too Popular?
EdWeek (registration required) - May 16, 2017
On a chilly spring morning, 18 teenagers clamber aboard a 65-foot research vessel and become marine scientists. In big blue nets, they haul in an array of sparkling, spiny, wiggly sea creatures. They identify each one, carefully measure it...
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NY’s free tuition could cost area colleges
Citizens Voice  - May 19, 2017
An offer of free tuition for some New York students has officials from area colleges wondering how much it will cost Northeast Pennsylvania.....
Getting more young Vermonters to college
Valley Reporter  - May 18, 2017
The good news is that Vermont has one of the highest high school graduation rates in the country; fully 88 percent of our kids leave high school with a diploma. ......
College Closures Considered as State Budget Troubles Worsen
NBC Connecticut  - May 18, 2017
The president of the system that oversees 17 state colleges and universities told staff and students that if current budget proposals were to be adopted, then he would have no choice but to consider the closure of multiple institutions.......
University of Maine System to get its first tuition bump in six years
Bangor Dail News  - May 20, 2017
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Leaders of the University of Maine System will weigh a $540 million budget for the next fiscal year on Monday. That budget includes the first tuition bump in six years, bringing an end to an unusual streak among public higher education institutions in the U.S.......
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Teen Dating

Connections: Teen Dating Abuse
WXXI News  - May 17, 2017
Dating violence is a widespread issue, and many teens who are victims of violence in relationships do not report their experiences out of fear. According to a 2011 survey conducted by the CDC, "23 percent of females and 14 percent of males who ever experienced rape, physical violence.....
'Tinder for teens'? The dark side of a teen app called 'Yellow'
WJLA  - May 19, 2017
WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Swipe right to connect. Swipe left to forget forever. Sounds a lot like the popular dating app Tinder, but this one is called Yellow, and it’s attractive to underage kids.....
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