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The Rural Higher-Education Crisis
The Atlantic - Sep 27, 2017
When Dustin Gordon’s high school invited juniors and seniors to meet with recruiters from colleges and universities, a handful of students showed up. A few were serious about the prospect of continuing their educations, he said. “But I think some of them went just to get out of class.”.
Tuition Discounting: The Problem, not the Remedy
Inside Higher Ed - Sep 26, 2017
At last, as evidenced by more colleges and universities performing a tuition reset, higher education leaders are awakening to the threat of tuition discounting. The increasing rates by which many institutions have had to cut what they wish to charge students should be cause for public concern...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

When it Comes to College Admissions, Demonstrated Interest is Key!
TapInto - Sep 24, 2017
Demonstrated Interest is a term colleges use to describe how much a student is interested in attending their school. It encompasses every touch point that a student has with a specific college..
Finding the Perfect College(s)
HuffPost - Sep 21, 2017
This fall many high school seniors are focused on choosing and applying to colleges. As a mom of one of those high school seniors and the president of a highly selective liberal arts college, my child gets the benefit of a lot of insight into the schools he is considering and into the application process itself.
Impress colleges with STEM education and specialized dancing
MyCentralJersey - Sep 21, 2017
As the new school year gets underway, and students choose the activities that will engage them in their afterschool hours, it’s wise for them to take a step back and think through the choices they are making and the long term effects of their decisions..
How to answer the “Why this college?” essay question
Tribune News-Service - Sep 26, 2017
Why is the “Why this college?” essay so important? Colleges care why students put their college on their list, and many colleges incorporate the “why?” question into their applications..
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Why Early Action and Decision Matter
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Sep 26, 2017
In the last decade, early admission programs have become an increasingly important aspect of college admissions. Many colleges are filling 30-70% of their freshman class via Early Action or Early Decision. ...
Archives - Letters of Recommendation
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Campus Visits

Creating A College Visit List
Falmouth Enterprise - Sep 22, 2017
Last week the reader was introduced to six guidelines that provide a framework for college list creation. This week, the reader will be given a specific recipe on how to create a college visit list....
7 steps to nailing a college admissions interview
Omaha World-Herald - Sep 24, 2017
As a parent, it can feel difficult to involve yourself in the college admissions process. Your student is gaining independence, making decisions that will impact the rest of his or her life, and maybe even withdrawing from parental guidance....
Archives - Campus Visits and Interviews
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Students with Disabilities

Learning disabilities aren't insurmountable, if parents stay involved
Pueblo Chieftain - Sep 24, 2017
Getting children with learning and attention issues the help they need from school districts can be a painstaking process, but parents who have been through it before can save the unitiated at least a little bit of hassle.....
Archives - Students with Disabilities

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Sep 28, 2017
Early FAFSA Year 2—What to Keep in Mind
Last year’s big news about college affordability was the new deadline for the FAFSA, the form most colleges require students to complete in order to receive help paying for college. .... More

Transferring Colleges: 10 Frequently Asked Questions
US News - Sep 22, 2017
1. How do I know whether to transfer colleges? There are plenty of legitimate reasons to transfer, says Mimi Doe, co-founder of Top Tier Admissions advising firm. You may realize a college simply doesn't meet your academic or social needs.....
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Parents provide more college support for sons than daughters
CNBC - Sep 22, 2017
When it comes to college savings for children, it appears parents are no better than bosses who pay their male workers more.....
Reminder for parents, students: check out college tax benefits
WTVM - Sep 27, 2017
WASHINGTON ? With back-to-school season in full swing, the Internal Revenue Service reminds parents and students about tax benefits that can help with the expense of higher education....
President Obama: Dropping off Malia at college was like 'open-heart surgery
NBC News - Today - Sep 27, 2017
Former President Barack Obama admitted he shed some tears when he dropped off his first-born child at college but made sure he held back on the waterworks until after he had left her.....
3 things high school parents should stop worrying about - and what to focus on instead
WRAL - Sep 26, 2017
The choices parents make during children’s high school years have a huge influence on the adults they will become. The stakes are high, and the challenges can seem daunting.....
Archives - Parents
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New SAT scores sow confusion over how to tell a good result
Washington Post - Sep 26, 2017
The perfect score of yore — 1600 — is back and just as impressive as ever. But many students could be forgiven these days for puzzling over whether their own SAT scores are good, great or merely okay ...
5 Preparation Tips for the CLEP American Literature Exam
US News - Sep 26, 2017
For high schoolers who want to satisfy college general education requirements with equivalency exams, the College Board's College-Level Examination Program is an intriguing option. Many colleges and universities will award students credit for a satisfactory score on a CLEP examination....
How to create a better game plan for the ACT, SAT
USA Today HSS - Sep 22, 2017
With a new school year under way, the last thing student-athletes want to be thinking about is standardized tests. Yet, it would be a mistake not to consider the necessary steps to become eligible and get accepted into college...
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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5 Tips for Scoring College Scholarships
Consumer Reports - Sep 25, 2017
If you’re a high school senior or a college student looking for scholarships to help fund the cost of school next year, now is the perfect time to begin your search. ..
What Exactly Is FAFSA and Why Should You Complete It?
Pleasanton Weekly - Sep 22, 2017
Beginning October 1st, families with college-bound students may file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be approved for Federal Direct Student Loans as well as need-based scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year. ..
Paying for College: Surprising Ways to Get Scholarships
Parade - Sep 22, 2017
When it comes to college financial aid, the best kind to look for is the kind you don’t have to pay back—namely grants and scholarships. But how can you increase your child’s chances of scoring them? By using the right strategy. ..
Complete Your 2018-2019 FAFSA Using The IRS Data Retrieval Tool
Forbes - Sep 23, 2017
The 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available to complete online October 1, 2017 and with the IRS Data Retrieval Tool having been taken down last year, I reached out to Karen McCarthy, Director of Policy Analysis for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) ..
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

JSTOR - Sep 22, 2017
Take a look at the latest education headlines and you’ll probably see stories about coding boot camps, the writing skills kids will need in the modern economy, or maybe the need for team projects that mimic what kids will do in real-world jobs.. ..
The Jobs that Will Be in Demand When Your Teen Graduates
Reno Gazette Journal - Sep 22, 2017
That sound you hear when you’re looking at your teenager is the sound of time whooshing by. Remember when they were in diapers and when you blinked, they were going to the homecoming dance?. ..
Vocational training on rise, raising the next generation of auto mechanics
Mega Dealer News - Sep 22, 2017
William Austin is nothing if not enthusiastic about how vocational training can fast track high schoolers into decent paying careers, such as auto mechanics.. ..
Archives - Career and Tecnical Education
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South Dakota To Offer College Acceptance Based on Smarter Balanced Scores
The 74 - Sep 26, 2017
Exciting news is hitting mailboxes in South Dakota this month: guaranteed college admission to the state’s public universities for seniors who hit standardized test score benchmarks.....
Wisconsin improves participation and performance on AP
WEAU - Sep 26, 2017
Wisconsin improved both public school student participation and performance on Advanced Placement (AP) exams administered last May. The state had a 5.7 percent increase in participation from the prior year with 42,783 public school students ...
Manufacturers want Indiana workforce development programs focused on their needs
NW Times - Sep 21, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosier manufacturing companies want more say in how Indiana annually spends approximately $1 billion in state and federal funds on workforce development....
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Teen Health

Why today's teens are taking longer to grow up - Sep 22, 2017
Teens aren't what they used to be. The teen pregnancy rate has reached an all-time low. Fewer teens are drinking alcohol, having sex or working part-time jobs.....
Teen births have plummeted 51 percent over the past decade - Sep 27, 2017
America’s teen birth rate has fallen by half over the past decade, a stunning public health victory largely attributed to better use of contraceptives...
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