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Colleges and universities join together to survive enrollment and financial problems
Hechinger Report  - Oct 16, 2017
ATLANTA — A business major at Clark Atlanta University, Delaina Mims said she spends at least eight hours a day at the Robert W. Woodruff Library....
Which public colleges have the top graduation rates for students in financial need?
Washington Post  - Oct 12, 2017
For disadvantaged students, getting into a top college is a significant feat. But getting a diploma matters far more. Among 100 major public universities across the country — state flagships and other prominent schools — only 11 report a six-year graduation rate of at least 80 percent for students....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Confronting The College Application's Scariest Word
Forbes  - Oct 16, 2017
You've been invited to a Halloween party. You know there'll be plenty of interesting people there and the food and drink will be top notch. The invitation is appropriately spooky; it's even been sent through the mail, ...
5 Reasons to Attend College in Canada
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Oct 17, 2017
With many U.S. universities exceeding $50,000 per year (and some $60,000+), families are searching for viable alternative to U.S. college and universities. ...
What College Admissions Readers Are Actually Looking For
Teen Vogue  - Oct 12, 2017
For college admissions officers, application reading season means lots of coffee and lots of hard decisions. Each application reader will likely be going through hundreds, if not thousands, of student files. So what makes your application stand out? ...
The science behind selective colleges
Washington Post  - Oct 13, 2017
Last year, I spoke to a group of parents of high school students in Connecticut about college admissions and a parent asked me afterward why it’s so hard to get accepted to college these days. I said it’s only difficult to get into some colleges. ...
Survival secrets for freshman year
Tribune News Service  - Oct 16, 2017
While the initial adjustment period is over, there are certainly lots of things freshmen can start doing now to improve their chances of having a successful year...
A Primer On Prioritizing Your College List
Falmouth Enterprise - Oct 13, 2017
It is now mid-October. By mid-November most seniors know what colleges they are applying to. This week we will focus on how to prioritize that list of schools. Next week we will start to drill down on why these specific criteria are important and how you can get more information about each of the pieces ....
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Powerful essays open admission opportunities
Jackson House - Oct 13, 2017
Each year as more students are applying to colleges, they are submitting more applications than ever before, resulting in colleges receiving record numbers of applications. ....
3 College Essay Clichés You Should Avoid
Her Campus - Oct 15, 2017
The college essay. It’s the most daunting paper you’ll ever write in your high school career —and for good reason. This is your first personal introduction to colleges and it has the potential to make or break whether you receive that huge ‘Congratulations!’ envelope in the mail or not. ....
Archives - Essays
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10 Things To Know About Early College Admissions
US News  - Oct 12, 2017
College applicants who feel anxious about the admissions process often apply to college early so they can discover, as soon as possible, whether their...
Early Decision College Applications: What You Should Know
Teen Vogue - Oct 14, 2017
As if applying to colleges AND deciding which one to go to isn’t stressful enough, there’s also the early decision process to consider....
Archives - Early
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Oct 19, 2017
The End of the Safety School
It’s known as the calm after the storm. Once the October flurry of college applications are submitted, and you’ve done your best to offer words of support and praise for every one of the 62 gazillion students on your caseload applying to college,.... More

College counselors: What do they really do?
Houston Chronicle - Oct 17, 2017
There's more to the world of college admissions than applications and college fairs, but most of what happens behind the scenes is largely unknown. Here's a peek into what goes on behind the scenes. ....
Counselors help students fight stress of college applications
WDTV - Oct 13, 2017
HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - High school seniors are right in crunch time with college applications. Many schools have deadlines coming up, and that's leaving seniors stressed and anxious.....
Why this high school counselor asks students, ‘What do you wish your parents knew?’
Chalkbeat.org - Oct 16, 2017
Today, we launch a new series called “How I Help,” which features school counselors, social workers and psychologists across Colorado. It is a companion to our popular “How I Teach” and “How I Lead” series......
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Saving For College? Consider These 3 Choices
Forbes - Oct 15, 2017
Saving for college in today’s world is a big challenge, especially given the costs. The expenses surrounding a college education today are astounding. According to CollegeData.com, the average annual cost ....
Parents, don’t write that college essay. (Here’s how to help instead.)
Washington Post  - Oct 12, 2017
When Sue O’Connell’s daughter asked her to take a peek at the college admissions essay she’d written, the Chicago-area mom had no problem telling her to go back to the drawing board and start the whole process over....
Parents: You follow your teen on Instagram, but do you know about their Finsta?
NBC News - Today - Oct 17, 2017
Teenagers know the kiss of death to any popular digital trend is when adults start using it. Just look at Facebook, which became uncool the minute teens started getting friend requests from mom, dad and great aunt Jean. ....
Archives - Parents
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Sitting down with the SAT and ACT
Watertown Daily Times  - Oct 15, 2017
The Scholastic Aptitude Test, and later the American College Test, have been considered critical components of college applications for decades...
Newsweek  - Oct 12, 2017
If you're older than 17, then scrolling through Twitter this week is like reading a different language. There are jokes about toothbrushed tomatoes and about bits and bobs...
Should You Take the ACT, SAT or Both?
Her Campus - Oct 14, 2017
Being accepted into college is one of the happiest moments in your life. However, what some people may not see behind the tears of joy associated with receiving your college acceptance letter are the numerous hours you spent studying for the SAT or ACT ––or maybe even both. ....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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4 Proven Ways To Reap College Financial Aid
Forbes  - Oct 13, 2017
Without a doubt, I know that families can find more "free" money for college. You just have to know where to look. Now's the time to start hunting for aid for the next college year. ....
Maximizing Financial Aid – Beware of Mistakes
The College Solution Blog  - Oct 16, 2017
It’s financial aid season! If you have a child heading to college next fall, you can complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) or the CSS Profile now!....
Everything You Need to Know About the 2018-2019 FAFSA
US News  - Oct 13, 2017
Families with a college student may notice a few differences on this year's Free Application for Federal Student Aid.....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

In D.C., efforts to champion alternatives to four-year degrees slow to gain traction
Star Tribune - Oct 13, 2017
Traditional college degrees don't always fit with the job market, but efforts to champion alternatives face skepticism. ..
Career tech courses becoming core subjects
Education Dive - Oct 13, 2017
The job market is shifting so that most traditional “trade” paths require a greater understanding of STEM courses and communication, requiring administrators and teachers to find more ways to incorporate this knowledge into career and technical education (CTE ..
Archives - Career and Technical Education
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Fighting Words — And Billboards: How New England Universities Battle For Students
WBUR.org - Oct 18, 2017
Right now, if you drive on Interstate 93 north through Quincy into Milton, Jeff Hecker has a proposition for you. Between Exits 8 and 9, a billboard the color of the sea exhorts you to “Go to UMaine.” .. ..
R.I. education summit participants focus on college readiness
Providence Journal - Oct 13, 2017
Rhode Island is not preparing enough of its high school graduates for college, especially students who are first-time college-goers and students of color. But there is disagreement over who is responsible: the public schools or the colleges.. ..
Four UMaine campuses to waive tuition and fees for eligible Maine students
Maine Biz - Oct 12, 2017
Hoping to lure more Maine undergraduates pursuing full-time study, four University of Maine System campuses will offer financially challenged students free tuition. ..
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Teens Anxiety

Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?
New York Times - Magazine - Oct 15, 2017
Parents, therapists and schools are struggling to figure out whether helping anxious teenagers means protecting them or pushing them to face their fears. ..
Educators Employ Strategies To Help Kids With Anxiety Return To School
NPR.org - Oct 16, 2017
Your child doesn't want to go to school. It's a daily struggle that many parents are familiar with. But what if your child refuses to go to school?. ..
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