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Big Picture

What Colleges Want in an Applicant (Everything)
New York Times - Nov 1, 2017
The admissions process is out of whack. Just ask the heartbroken applicant, rejected by her dream school. Ask high school counselors, who complain that colleges don’t reward promising students for their creativity, determination or service to others.....
Without changes in education, the future of work will leave more people behind
Hechinger Report - Oct 31, 2017
A glimpse into America’s future labor market suggests a boom in health care jobs, soaring employment in clean energy and a continued decline in manufacturing positions....
Give Poor Students A Break To Get Into The Best Colleges
Forbes - Oct 31, 2017
Dropping college entry requirements for disadvantaged students would go a long way towards putting them on a level with rich kids in getting into elite universities....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

What qualities attract a college recruiter's eye?
The Philadelphia Tribune - Oct 31, 2017
A challenging high school curriculum A transcript that reflects that the student takes on challenges can put him or her a step ahead. Academically successful students should include several honors and Advanced Placement classes....
What can you really learn from college rankings?
MyCentralJersey - Oct 26, 2017
When the latest issue of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges is released each year, its findings gain national attention. The headline is typically whether Princeton or Harvard ranked first in the category of Best National Universities. (Princeton was again awarded this honor in the newly released 2018 edition.)...
How to Improve College Admissions
LinkedIN - Oct 25, 2017
It's college application season, and if you're a high-school senior, or more likely the parent of one, you're probably dreading the next several months. The first wave of early-decision applications are due at most campuses in just a few days.....
Freshman’s Video on Loneliness of College Transition Goes Viral
Cornell Sun - Oct 22, 2017
Freshmen at colleges across the country are getting used to their new lives away from home, and some have a harder time adjusting than others....
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‘Read me!’: Students race to craft forceful college essays as deadlines near
Washington Post - Oct 23, 2017
Find a telling anecdote about your 17 years on this planet. Examine your values, goals, achievements and perhaps even failures to gain insight into the essential you. Then weave it together in a punchy essay of 650 or fewer words that showcases your authentic teenage voice....
How to choose your college application essay
The State Journal-Register - Oct 26, 2017
I have written at least six drafts of my college essay. I am on my third topic, and in the past two weeks I finally finished my final draft. It was a long treacherous journey that began in April with an English class assignment....
Archives - Essays
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Early Applications Should Be More Passion Than Strategy
Forbes  - Nov 1, 2017
Boo! Tomorrow, November 1, is the first major early decision deadline for a number of colleges and universities. Accordingly, the Common Application's website was as jammed as the L.A. freeway at rush hour last night and had to close down to regroup and untangle itself.....
Early action and early decision deadlines are here—this is the crucial difference
CNBC  - Nov 1, 2017
This month, thousands of high school students will submit early action (EA) and early decision (ED) applications to colleges. The deadlines for these types of applications are typically between November 1st and November 15th.....
When Should You Apply to College?
Huffington Post - Oct 26, 2017
This will hinge on the school’s application policy. It is critical for you to understand how schools review their applications. Do not rush an application just to apply early. If your essay is not as polished as it could be, or you are taking the SAT or ACT ....
Archives - Early/Defer/Waitlisted
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Campus Visits and Interviews

6 Ways to Impress Your Interviewer
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Oct 30, 2017
Fall is peak season for high school seniors to do college interviews. Today, most large schools don’t offer interviews, but small to medium size colleges do. Some are evaluative, meaning they factor into an admission decision; others are informational, meaning they do not. Both demonstrate your interest in the college. ....
Archives - Campus Visits and Interviews
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Students with Disabilities

How well does your state support children with dyslexia?
Hechinger Report - Oct 25, 2017
For more than 40 years, federal law has required schools to identify and evaluate students with dyslexia and to provide them with an appropriate education. But in many states across the country that’s not happening, according to an examination by APM Reports.....
Archives - Students with Disabilities

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Nov 2, 2017
Responding to “Our Records Indicate”
November is one of the most challenging times to be a high school counselor. With so many students applying to colleges that have early deadlines, it can be impossible to get all of their transcripts sent on time—so, of course,,... More

College-Advising Model Yields Results for Low-Income Students
EdWeek (registration required) - Oct 28, 2017
A college-advising program based in Boston may be helping to bridge the college-graduation gap for low-income and first-generation students—and it's a model that researchers say should be replicated....
Youth Voice: When Guidance Counselors Fail Their Students
Huffington Post - Nov 1, 2017
n the spring of my junior year of high school, I planned a meeting with my guidance counselor. We were set to go over my college application plans in preparation for the upcoming school year.....
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How to spend thousands to get your kids into college
SF Gate - Nov 1, 2017
Anxiety is soaring among high school seniors (and their parents) as college application season is in full swing right now. Students are busy trying to maintain their GPA, studying for standardized tests, visiting campuses and sitting down to pen a personal essay, asking themselves, .....
Parents Are Drastically Low-Balling The Sticker Price Of College
Forbes - Oct 31, 2017
Saving for college is reaching an all-time high, with 72 percent of families putting money aside to help fund their children’s educations, according to a new College Savings IQ survey conducted by Fidelity Investments. However, many parents are dramatically underestimating the sticker price of college.....
When It Comes To 529 Plans, Parents Just Don't Understand
Forbes - Oct 26, 2017
It’s no surprise that saving for college has become an important financial priority for parents, second only to retirement. Rising tuition costs and record-breaking student loan debt in the U.S. (now over $1.4 trillion) ...
Paying For College: Who Should Pay For College?
CBS Local - Boston - Nov 1, 2017
BOSTON (CBS) – Who should pay for college? I wish I had a definitive answer! According to a Fidelity and MEFA’s College Savings Study they found that Massachusetts parents are planning to cover 60% of their children’s college education costs,, ...
Archives - Parents
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Self-Reported Scores May Soon Save Students Money (and Stress)
Poughkeepsie Journal  - Oct 31, 2017
November 1--the deadline for students applying to colleges and universities via Early Action (EA) and/or Early Decision (ED) plans--is upon us. Many high school seniors may be breathing a sigh of relief as they wrap up their Common or Coalition applications,..
3 Steps to Prepare for the SAT World History Subject Test
US News  - Oct 30, 2017
The SAT World History subject test is a comprehensive history exam that is offered twice a year in December and June. The test content covers nearly all regions of the earth from ancient to modern times.,..
5 Test Prep Tips For ACT And SAT Takers
Patch  - Oct 30, 2017
When it comes to preparing for college readiness assessments, there's a lot to figure out. Should students take the ACT, SAT, or both? What score is needed to increase the chances of being accepted into their top schools? Once students have those questions answered, it's time to get to work. ,..
Now That PSATs are Done, It's Time to Plan a Testing Schedule
TAPinto  - Nov 1, 2017
Each year, roughly 1.5 million students take the SAT and roughly the same number of students take the ACT each year as well. Most college bound students need to take one of these tests to showcase their academic abilities and gain admission to the college of their choosing.,..
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Financial aid 101: What you need to know
Tribune News Service  - Oct 31, 2017
The first question students ask is: “Will I be accepted at college X?” The first question parents often ask is: “How can we afford to pay for college X?”. ....
Every student should fill out a FAFSA form
Jackson Sun  - Oct 31, 2017
Did you know that $24 billion in student aid goes unclaimed every year? With the average student loan debt hovering around $30K, I have to ask why. Primarily it is because of the misconceptions surrounding the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA. ....
College scholarship tycoon
VOX  - Nov 1, 2017
College Scholarship Tycoon is a game where you’re asked to move your college up the rankings — but striking the wrong balance might force you to reject poor kids who really need college to give them a shot at a better life. ....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

The Evolving Vocational-Tech School: Preparing Students For Work In Growing Fields
WBUR.org - Oct 30, 2017
Troy Lafond is a polite, serious and determined high school senior from Bellingham. He got top grades in AP chemistry and language. He plans to go into aerospace engineering. And then? ..
Vocational Education May Be Better Strategy Than College For Many Americans: Study
IBTimes - Oct 27, 2017
More Americans have college degrees than ever before, but a new paper suggests college may not be the best strategy for many young people. ..
Study: Career and Tech Ed Provides Slight Boost for High School Achievement
Diverse Education - Oct 31, 2017
Students who take career and technical education courses during their junior or senior year in high school are 1.5 percent more likely to graduate on time and 1.6 percent less likely to drop out of high school for each CTE course taken, a new study has found. ..
Archives - Career and Technical Education
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Maryland revises high school graduation requirements, delaying higher standards
Baltimore Sun - Oct 27, 2017
Sixth-graders this year will be the first Maryland students who must meet tougher passing standards on statewide high school English and math exams to graduate in 2024.. ..
Helping online learners pay for college
READING EAGLE - Oct 30, 2017
Pennsylvania's college students who are taking the bulk of their classes online have been able to get financial aid under a temporary program.Now, a Montgomery County lawmaker is sponsoring a bill that would make the program permanent... ..
Behind The Bullying
WLBZ-2 - Oct 26, 2017
NEWS CENTER decided to dig deeper into the statistics in the state. The Department of Education requires all "substantiated claims" of bulling to be reported to the state. Our investigation found a number of schools across Maine have not reported any instances ..
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Learning How Bullying Happens In Order To Prevent It
NPR.org - Oct 27, 2017
One in four students report being bullied, but not all say they are bullied the same way. And some students are more likely to experience bullying than others.. ..
How Do You Stop Bullying? Advertisers Try to Help
New York Times - Oct 29, 2017
Back when most of the United States got online via dial-up modem, Monica S. Lewinsky learned how the anonymity of the internet can prompt people to be crude and cruel in a way they never would be in real life. Now she is trying to help others who find themselves the target of vitriol.. ..
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