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The 2017 Survey of Admissions Directors: Pressure All Around
Inside Higher Ed - Sep 13, 2017
Only 34 percent of colleges met new student enrollment targets this year by May 1, the traditional date by which most institutions hope to have a class set. That is a key finding of the 2017 Survey of College and University Admissions Directors, released today by Inside Higher Ed, in collaboration with Gallup.....
A Simple Way to Bring Down College-Application Costs
The Atlantic - Sep 11, 2017
Shira Zar-Kessler spends a lot of time helping teenagers make schedules. As a college counselor at Match High School in Boston, she makes sure her students, many of whom will be the first in their family to go to college, take the SAT a couple of times, fill out the FAFSA,....
Here's What 2 Big College Systems Think Of The End Of DACA
NPR.org - Sep 9, 2017
This week, President Trump finally made good on his campaign promise to end DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This 2012 administrative program implemented by President Obama, has allowed about 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. ....
Does College Prepare Students For The Real World?
Forbes - Sep 9, 2017
Do you think university prepared you for your workplace and "real" world? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Learn How to Impress College Admissions Counselors
US News - Sep 13, 2017
Passion and determination are highly valued in the admissions office. Academics matter a lot, but you'll need to find the right balance as you go through high school between hitting the books and pursuing activities outside the classroom that reflect who you are....
College Applications Can Cost Hundreds
US News - Sep 12, 2017
Even before the first tuition bill arrives, the cost of college can add up for students when applying to a few schools – especially selective ones. "The colleges that have an acceptance rate that is much more selective have a much higher application fee," ....
Learn How to Differentiate Your College Application
US News - Sep 12, 2017
The college application process can be daunting for even the most prepared of students, and it has only grown more competitive. For instance, in 2016, Harvard University received more than 39,000 applications but accepted just a little more than 2,000.....
Submitting A Solid Application
The Gazettes - Aug 31, 2017
A Reddit article by Hayden Shumsky, "Top 10 College Admissions Mistakes" caught my attention with mistake number 1: "Sending in Poor Quality Essays and Applications."....
The benefits of attending a less selective college
The College Solution - Aug 31, 2017
It’s only natural that many talented students aim for the most selective school that they can gain into. It’s not always a smart idea, however, for applicants to attend the most selective college or university that admits them....
Use Community Colleges As Affordable Stepping Stones To Four-Year College Degrees
Forbes - Sep 8, 2017
With discussions about college affordability, student loan debt and cultural diversity remaining hot topics, public colleges and universities continue chasing out of state students for their higher tuition revenue. ...
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The problem with the 2018 U.S. News rankings: Junk in, junk out
Washington Post  - Sep 12, 2017
U.S. News & World Report just released its 2018 college rankings, an annual event the magazine holds up as a useful exercise in data collection and numbers crunching. For example, the website says:...
How U.S. News college rankings promote economic inequality on campus
Politico  - Sep 12, 2017
America’s universities are getting two report cards this year. The first, from the Equality of Opportunity Project, brought the shocking revelation that many top universities, including Princeton and Yale, admit more students from the top 1 percent of earners than the bottom 60 percent combined:...
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Early decision shouldn’t be an easy decision
Tribune News-Service - Sep 12, 2017
One of the least favorite things a guidance counselor likes to hear from a senior in September or October is, “I am going to apply early decision, I just don’t know where.”...
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Students with Disabilities

College Admissions: Strategies for ADD/ADHD and LD Students
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Sep 11, 2017
For students with learning disabilities (LDs), finding the right college can be a difficult task. Most estimates put the attrition rate for LD and ADD/ADHD students in college at about 50%. It’s a staggering statistic that too many parents discover after the failure has occurred. The most important factor in success for LD students is early diagnosis and intervention...
How American schools fail kids with dyslexia
Hechinger Report  - Sep 11, 2017
One in five American school children has a hard time learning to read. Many of these kids have dyslexia. There are proven ways to help people with dyslexia learn,..
The 5 Best Jobs for People With ADD and ADHD
TIME  - Sep 11, 2017
A common scapegoat for the bored, forgetful, and disorganized, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) are referenced so frequently (and often flippantly) that a diagnosis can seem more colloquial than medical. But for roughly 4% of adults, it's a serious neurological condition..
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Sep 13, 2017
Why College Rankings Have Absolutely No Purpose
Jason is a two-sport athlete with a B+ average. He’s hoping to expand his interest in History in college, but he’s not sure what major to pursue. He does know he needs to stay close to home, since his parents are close to retirement age, and he needs to help out with the family business .... More

School counselors work to strengthen student pathways
NWITimes  - Sep 10, 2017
CEDAR LAKE — School counseling programs at school districts across Indiana, including 29 in Northwest Indiana, are competing for grants that will help develop comprehensive counseling programs for students addressing the academic, college and career and social and emotional needs of students in kindergarten through grade 12......
School counselors work to strengthen student pathways
WXII-12  - Sep 10, 2017
A local school counselor gives advice about how to talk to children about a hurricane. Counselors said the best thing you can do when you're talking to kids about Hurricane Irma is to keep calm.....
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Helicopter parenting is bad for college kids—but a little hovering is just right
Quartz - Sep 12, 2017
In the three months between graduating high school and starting college, first-year students don’t suddenly graduate to emotional adulthood, too....
Archives - Parents
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Resources to help your child tackle the SAT
Philadelphia Inquirer - Sep 8, 2017
The SAT is possibly the most notorious and dreaded standardized test in a high schooler’s life. Years of school work lead to this one test that has a large say in what college or university your child applies to and gets in to....
Does free mean better for students choosing SAT prep courses?
South Coast Today - Sep 8, 2017
WASHINGTON — Is there a price that a worried parent wouldn’t pay to help a child do well on college admissions tests? The good news is that test preparation doesn’t have to be expensive anymore....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Mistakes to Avoid When Filling Out the CSS Profile for College Financial Aid
Wall Street Journal - SWep 10, 2017
College financial-aid application season is coming soon. That means lots of angst, lots of questions—and lots of forms to fill out. As a minimum, most families should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or Fafsa. ..
The 46 Best Colleges for Getting Big Merit Scholarships
TIME - Aug 16, 2017
The odds of winning a college scholarship are probably better than you think.In part because of a decline in the number of 18-year-olds, scores of private colleges are now worried about filling their seats. ..
In The Weeks Before Freshman Year, Money Worries Aplenty
NPR.org - Sep 7, 2017
During the last few weeks of August, Torri Hayslett's room at McKinley Technology High School feels more like an accountant's office than a college adviser's.. ..
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

Would CTE fit your needs? Take a look
The Notebook - Sep 8, 2017
Is CTE a good idea for me? CTE, or career and technical education, used to be called vocational education. ..
Developing tomorrow’s workforce through Career and Technical Education
Utah Pulse - Sep 7, 2017
Innovation through collaboration: successful education initiatives supplement your workforce development efforts.....
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Report urges major changes in career education at Maryland school system
Washington Post - Sep 12, 2017
After years of focusing on getting kids into four-year colleges, Maryland’s largest school system should redesign and ramp up its career programs to keep pace with the changing world of work, a report released Tuesday said......
The first New Yorkers go to college tuition-free
CNN/Money - Sep 7, 2017
New York's Excelsior Scholarship is the first of its kind. It covers the cost of tuition for qualifying students who are enrolled in a two- or four-year degree program at any of the state's 88 public colleges and university campuses....
Rhode Island models university-industry partnerships for effective workforce development
Education Dive - Sep 7, 2017
Since the Great Recession, states have continuously struggled with unemployment rates and devaluation of industries vital to local economies — and Rhode Island was no exception, having experienced highest unemployment rate for seven months in 2013-2014....
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Teen Mental Health

How To Talk To Your College-Age Kids About Depression And Suicide
WBUR.org - Sep 13, 2017
School’s back in session, and parents ushering kids to college for the first time will undoubtedly deliver some emotional nuggets of advice. ...
Making the College Admissions Process Healthy for Teenagers
Huffington Post - Sep 6, 2017
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the suicide rate for teen girls aged 15 to 19 has doubled since 2007 and tripled for girls aged 12 to 14. For the same period, the suicide rate for teen boys aged 15 to 19 increased 30%. ...
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