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The Purpose of Education—According to Students
The Atlantic - Oct 2, 2017
Radio Atlantic recently examined a question that underpins many, if not most, debates about education in the U.S.: What are public schools for? Increasingly, it seems many American parents expect schools to first and foremost serve as pipelines into the workforce—places where kids develop the skills they need to get into a good college,. ..
Do millennials think college is worth the cost?
MarketPlace - Oct 3, 2017
Every time you see one of those headlines about what millennials like or don't like, you might ask yourself: which millennials?...
Higher Education has an Admissions Problem.
Huffpost - Oct 2, 2017
Scott Jaschik recently interpreted the findings from the 2017 Survey of Admission Directors, sponsored by Inside Higher Education and Gallup and drawn from a sample of 453 admission directors...
Colleges make a fortune from saying 'no' to applications—here’s how much
CNBC - Sep 28, 2017
For students, college applications are one more step in the tedious process ofgetting into and choosing the right school. But for colleges, applications serve as something else entirely: A revenue stream. ..
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Why is college admission getting more competitive?
Tribune News-Service - Oct 3, 2017
Right now, the angst among high school seniors and their parents is palpable. It is especially true this week with looming Oct. 15 deadlines at UNC Chapel Hill, N.C. State and the University of South Carolina, among others...
A Game to Help Students Pay the Right Price for College
NY Times - Sep 29, 2017
In the last big economic downturn, back when Tim Ranzetta was in the student loan analysis and consulting business and working with colleges, borrowers often found their way to him, too.....
Canadian colleges offer US students lower tuition and Trudeau instead of Trump
Boston Globe - Sep 27, 2017
CAMBRIDGE — In a sweaty high school gymnasium on a recent Monday evening, 25 college recruiters set up tables with glossy brochures and free pens. Among them were Quest University, Mount Allison University, the University of Waterloo, and Bishop’s University....
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How to write a great college admissions essay
Houston Chronicle - Oct 3, 2017
The quintessential calico cat has a random pattern of different colors — black, white, orange — and everything in between. It's been said that a calico is a cat made by committee....
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Campus Visits

The College Corner: Get All Your Questions Answered On College Visits
Falmouth Enterprise - Sep 29, 2017
The last two articles have focused on how a parent or student can create a college visit list. I strongly suggest that you finish that project before going on your first visit, as each visit should be well prepared. Please also keep in mind my recommendation to not apply to any college that you have not visited. ....
Fall break can be a time for college visits
Jackson Sun - Oct 2, 2017
There are several reasons to visit your colleges of interest over fall break. For one, seeing and learning about the school in person can help students determine where to apply. You can find out more about the college from firsthand sources by meeting with different departments, students and faculty. ....
College Interviews
Mountain View - Oct 2, 2017
College interviews are a perfect opportunity for you to find out more about the college and for the college interviewer to learn more about you. I recently asked a local College Admissions Interviewer for Cornell University, Elizabeth Grover, what advice she suggests to students as they prepare for their upcoming interviews....
Archives - Campus Visits and Interviews
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Oct 5, 2017
Two Important College Application Trends
LSchool counselors are starting the college application season with the discovery of two trends they may not have seen much of in the past. While these two trends have been popular in certain parts of the country, they seem to be taking hold nationally. .... More

Guidance counselors’ blind spots can hurt minority students
Houston Chronicle OpEd - Sep 28, 2017
One of mine is that I didn’t get to participate in my high school graduation ceremony. Instead of walking across the stage of my college-prep school -- a prestigious school I had dreamed of attending since I was in first grade -- getting cheered on by family and friends, .....
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8 College Stats That Will Help You Find the Right School
TeenLife Blog - Oct 4, 2017
Parents know that applying to college is an emotional decision. Students use all sorts of factors to determine which college they will attend: the name, food, sports teams, campus appeal, where their friend/boyfriend/girlfriend is going, etc. ....
Archives - Parents
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International counselors blast ACT and College Board, citing ‘lack of confidence’ over testing
Washington Post - Oct 4, 2017
An organization representing nearly 3,000 school counselors working around the globe just issued a scathing statement rebuking the College Board and ACT Inc. for their handling of international administration of the SAT and ACT college admissions exams, .....
Use Questions to Answer SAT Command of Evidence Items
US News - Sep 26, 2017
The reading and writing and language portions of the redesigned SAT account for a significant part of your exam score, so it's important that you are prepared for all the questions you will encounter. ....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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The 2018-2019 FAFSA Just Opened. Here's What You Need to Know This Year
Money Magazine - Oct 1, 2017
The beginning of the annual college financial aid application season is here.The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, more commonly known as the FAFSA, is available for the 2018-2019 school year beginning today, October 1. ..
When it comes to college financial aid, filing early isn’t always best
CNBC - Sep 29, 2017
Great news for the super-organized: Starting Sunday, you can submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to start your financial aid process for the 2018-19 school year. ..
There's a tool that could slash college tuition — here's exactly how to use it
Business Insider - Oct 2, 2017
If you’re planning to go to college next fall, the time to apply for financial aid is fast approaching. You'll want to move quickly because there are changes to the process that could make competition stiffer for financial aid funds. ..
Scholarships for Women Abound
US News & World Report - Oct 2, 2017
Although this wasn't always the case, women outnumber men on America’s college campuses. And scholarship funds aimed at women remain plentiful. ..
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

Opinion: K-12 career technical education funding will go away–unless we fight for it
Mercury News - Oct 2, 2017
“I am thinking of starting my own Vocational School,” said the CEO of a local manufacturing company. His frustration echoes other business leaders at a recent roundtable discussion. There is a lack of well-trained people in the trades, and it is growing. ..
Trump Taps Michigan Lawmaker to Head Up Career and Technical Education
EdWeek - Oct 3, 2017
President Donald Trump has tapped Tim Kelly, a Michigan state representative to serve as assistant secretary for career and technical education. ..
Lights! Camera! Culinary School Will Teach Instagram Skills
New York Times - Oct 2, 2017
HYDE PARK, N.Y. — Check out the tray liners at Martina, Danny Meyer’s new pizzeria in the East Village, which were designed as branded Instagram bait. Each has what the executive chef, Nick Anderer, calls “a frenetic doodle” of contemporary Roman slang phrases. ..
Archives - Career and Tecnical Education
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4 Myths About Athletic Scholarships
US News & World Report - Oct 4, 2017
Bruce Mesa Sr. knew a football scholarship could be a possibility when recruiters started visiting to see his son play as a junior at Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha, Wisconsin.. ..
How college coaches evaluate parents
USA Today HSS - Oct 4, 2017
In a recent unscientific survey, nine out of 10 college coaches indicated that 95 percent of parents are great, but 5 percent actually have a negative effect on their athletes’ scholarship chances. Actually, I made those numbers up, but I’m pretty sure they are close to accurate ..
Archives - Student Athletes
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'Biggest-Ever Free College' Program Reaches 6 Percent Of New York Students
NPR.org  - Oct 3, 2017
When he announced the Excelsior Scholarship, billed as the biggest-in-the-nation free college program, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo promised dreams could come true for all.....
College Admissions: 4 Fall Pennsylvania Roadtrips
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Oct 2, 2017
Pennsylvania is home to the Liberty Bell, Declaration of Independence and many of Ben Franklin’s inventions. From the exciting cities of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh to countryside Amish colonies, this state boasts dozens of superb colleges.....
Connecticut Schools Prepare For Potential Influx Of Puerto Rican Students
Hartford Courant  - Sep 28, 2017
hool districts across Connecticut with large Puerto Rican populations are preparing for a potential influx of students and families arriving and enrolling their children in local schools to escape the havoc Hurricane Maria has wreaked on the Caribbean....
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Teen Dating

Teens and domestic violence
Baylor College of Medicine - Oct 4, 2017
October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness month, and although domestic violence is mostly associated with adults, an expert at Baylor College of Medicine says teens too often experience this type of abuse. ..
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