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Big Picture

For-profit colleges in America relaunch themselves as non-profits
The Economist - Nov 9, 2017
GOVERNMENT funds set aside for college aid have long been a favoured target for grifters. After the second world war, veterans flush on GI Bill funds would sign up for sham television-repair courses...
A Lack of Tuition Strategy
Inside Higher Ed - Nov 9, 2017
Setting tuition at public colleges and universities is no simple task. Governors and lawmakers approve different levels of state funding to subsidize higher education from year to year. Those same politicians are frequently unhappy ...
Report finds fewer new international students on U.S. college campuses
Washington Post  - Nov 13, 2017
The flow of new international students entering U.S. colleges and universities shrank last year and has continued to decline this fall on many campuses, breaking a recent trend of growth, a nonprofit group said Monday....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Keep Your College Application's "Additional Information" Focused
Forbes - Nov 15, 2017
Dover Area High School in Pennsylvania recently stopped assigning students lockers. Students can still sign up to have one, but only 52 of 1,032 have done so and most of them seem to be freshmen, who may not even be using them. ......
How to build your perfect college list, according to a Stanford-educated admissions expert
CNBC - Nov 14, 2017
When Danny Ruderman was in high school, he didn't know where to start his college search. "I went to a public high school in Southern California that sent 17 percent of students to college,"...
The Best High School Extracurriculars
The College Solution Blog - Nov 15, 2017
I had a mom in my course, The College Cost Lab, ask me a question this week about high school extracurricular activities that I wanted to share with you. Here was the mother’s question on extracurriculars: ..
College Connection: Where in the world are students going to college?
MyCentralJersey - Nov 9, 2017
Nearly 40 percent of U.S. colleges are experiencing a decline in applications from international students. The most dramatic decrease has been in the number of applicants from India, China and the Middle East. In recent years, students from India and China alone made up almost half of the international student body at U.S. colleges ..
College Degrees Can Be a Bargain Abroad
Huffington Post - Nov 9, 2017
For 18-year-old Liza Miezejeski, choosing the right college meant balancing her desire for adventure and her fear of debt....
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Admissions Blog: How to write an amazing admissions essay
SBC Blog - Nov 10, 2017
When I was a senior in high school, I was obsessed with getting into all the colleges to which I applied (16). As a result, I wrote college essays constantly and stressed myself out more than was ever required. To begin with, applying to 16 colleges was stupid, ..
GPA, essays help students rise to the top of the heap
Chicago Tribune - Nov 10, 2017
From all appearances, this 18-year-old senior seemed destined for Harvard. He will graduate in the top 10 percent of his class of 550 students, has 1550/1600 SAT scores and near 800s on four SAT subject tests. ..
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Students with Disabilities

STUDENT VOICE: How one college student found success by “leaning in” to dyslexia
Hechinger Report - Nov 14, 2017
Here’s the biggest misconception about learning disabilities and mental illness: That you grow out of them and they go away. The truth is you can’t outgrow these things. What you can do is learn methods to cope.....
The vast majority of students with disabilities don’t get a college degree
Hechinger Report - Nov 11, 2017
About a third of the students with disabilities who enroll in a four-year college or university graduate within eight years. For those who enroll in two-year schools, the outcomes aren’t much better: 41 percent, according to federal data.....
Archives - Students with Disabilities

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Nov 16, 2017
Looking for a Counselor Role Model? Try Dana Dornburgh
School counseling is one of the few professions where the year starts fast and gets faster. This is particularly true in high schools, where the school counselor is welcomed back on their very first day with an office full of parents and students, .... More

Opinion: School counselors learn to prepare students for all careers
MyAJC (blog) - Nov 14, 2017
Grimes notes that school counselors are now trained in advising students about all careers, including technical, trade, apprenticeships, college, and university....
College application can be confusing. Here's how schools are helping students succeed
DelMarVanow - Nov 9, 2017
Every fall, countless high school seniors go through the college application process in hopes of getting accepted to their dream school. For some students, though, the process is a struggle....
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Parents: Ninth-Grade High School GPAs Matter
US News  - Nov 13, 2017
Freshman year of high school is a big deal for students, socially and academically. Parents should pay attention to this big transition in their student's life, says Janice K. Jackson, chief education officer of Chicago Public Schools. ...
Must-Have Books
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Nov 13, 2017
Parents, are you wondering what to get your college-bound student this holiday season? Students, are you struggling with the perfect gift for your parents? Well, Santa and the elves have some ideas for you on the best books to give this year. ...
Archives - Parents
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Test-Optional Colleges: Everything You Should Know
Teen Vogue  - Nov 9, 2017
SAT and ACT scores, along with high school transcripts, are often considered the most important part of your college application package. While many colleges do take things like extracurricular activities into consideration,...
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Your Guide To Applying For -- And Winning -- College Scholarship Money
Forbes - Nov 10, 2017
When you’re applying to colleges, it’s easy to get lost in a sea of numbers — the number of essays you have to write, the test scores you need to get in, how many miles campus is away from home (the more, the better) and, of course, the cold, hard cash you’re going to shell out to earn that degree.......
Should you bother to fill out the FAFSA?
Tribune News Service - Nov 13, 2017
Should you fill out the FAFSA? In a word, yes. Many middle-class families have convinced themselves that filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, isn’t worth the effort because they have heard that only students from families earning less than about $50,000 a year get federal grants.......
Answers to 16 Popular Questions About the FAFSA
Nasdaq - Nov 14, 2017
Filling out and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is the key to getting financial aid to help pay for college if you or your family can't foot the entire bill........
College Admissions Expert Elizabeth Levine: Errors When Completing FAFSA
Chronicle Newspaper - Nov 12, 2017
Listed below are common errors people make when completing the FAFSA that can potentially mean tens of thousands of dollars to your bottom line when it comes to receiving financial aid. .....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

College isn’t always the best path for teens
Charlotte Observer - Nov 12, 2017
When Americans make career choices, they should be encouraged to consider a broad range of options that fit their diverse talents and interests. ..
The case for shop class: How vocational schools and gap years can help ease academic anxiety
Chicago Tribune - Nov 16, 2017
When New Trier High School student Ben Matejka got his results from the ACT, he was pleased with his score of 27, comfortably above the national average of about 21...
Trade school, not 4-year college, is a better bet to solve the US income gap, researchers say
CNBC - Nov 10, 2017
Additional trade schools, and not four-year college degrees, may be a better bet for U.S. workers, according to new economic research. The amount of vocational training available relative to the size of a country's manufacturing sector ..
The Evolving High School CTE: New Jersey’s Distinctive Approach to Career Education
American Enterprise Institute - Nov 14, 2017
When Americans make career choices, they should be encouraged to consider a broad range of options that fit their diverse talents and interests. ..
Archives - Career and Technical Education
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Pennsylvania colleges streamline admission process
Tribune-Review - Nov 10, 2017
College applications are not what they used to be as institutions look for ways to cut down on paperwork and streamline the admissions process. ..
Even before free tuition, WNY private colleges struggle to fill seats
Buffalo News - Nov 14, 2017
Overall enrollment at area colleges and universities remained flat in 2017, with half of four-year institutions showing small gains in the size of their student populations and the other half reporting declines. ..
Vo-tech schools have long prepared kids for careers: Delaware Voice
Delaware Online - Nov 10, 2017
The News Journal ran an article this past week featuring the expansion of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in Delaware high schools. The lead paragraph stated that experts are calling “…the First State a national leader in career and technical education.” ..
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Teen Health

Increased Hours Online Correlate With An Uptick In Teen Depression, Suicidal Thoughts
NPR.org - Nov 14, 2017
A study published Tuesday in the journal Clinical Psychological Science finds that increased time spent with popular electronic devices — whether a computer, cell phone or tablet — might have contributed to an uptick in symptoms of depressio ..
Newsweek - Nov 14, 2017
A new paper claims social media use may be linked to increases in depression and suicide rates, although some psychologists have expressed doubt about the conclusions. ..
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