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Rethinking college admissions to serve all segments of society
Baltimore Sun - Sep 6, 2017
High school scholars have two paths to Harvard University. They can study hard, demonstrate leadership and earn their way in. Or they can claim birthright privileges and move to the front of the line.....
What a New Trump Administration Hire Could Mean for For-Profit Colleges
The Atlantic - Aug 31, 2017
The Trump administration has tapped Julian Schmoke, a former DeVry University administrator, to lead the Education Departmentís student-aid enforcement unit. The move provoked complaints from critics who pointed out that DeVry recently settled several claims brought against.....
OPINION: I canít understand financial aid letters, and I have an advanced degree. So how can poor students manage?
Hechinger Report - Aug 22, 2017
Where does a high school senior whose parents didnít go to college turn to understand the application process? What resources are available to a student from a remote rural area if she wants to apply to college?.,...
Trump Ends DACA
Inside Higher Ed - Sep 6, 2017
The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, through which about 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children have gained the right to work and temporary protection against the risk of deportation.....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

How Should Students Ask For Letters Of Recommendation? A List Of Do's And Don'ts
WBUR.org - Sep 6, 2017
Now that school's back in session, first-year college students are making the adjustment to campus life, which can be a big change from high school. And high school seniors who are applying to college should be thinking about who to ask for recommendation letters......
High school seniors, hereís your fall checklist
Tribune News-Service - Sep 5, 2017
The to-do list for high school seniors seems to be growing longer each day. When theyíre not doing homework, participating in their extracurricular activities, hanging with friends, sleeping, eating or texting, hereís what theyíre thinking about: their college list...
Tell Colleges You Love Them
Forbes - Sep 6, 2017
At some point in any romantic relationship, this question may arise: "Why do you love me?" The moment is fraught with danger and the answer needs to come quickly and without hesitation. Otherwise, well, who knows. The worst possible answer would be, "Because you're a person.....
4 Steps for College Applicants With Personal Crises
US News - Jun 4, 2017
High school seniors and their families affected by Hurricane Harvey may have many questions related to how the storm affects the college application process....
College Admissions: 6 Reasons to Pick a State University
GoLocalProv College Admissions - Sep 4, 2017
As college admissions continue to increase in competitiveness, a debate has emerged among families on the value of private vs. public education. A growing number of parents seem to believe that a private college education is superior in quality to a public university education.....
Starting a college admission search? Here are a professorís tips.
Washington Post - Aug 26, 2017
Selecting a college with your child is an agonizing ordeal. Triply agonizing, in fact. First, choosing the right school from among dozens of viable options is anxiety-inducing. Second, thereís the ignominy of actually having to listen to your teenagerís peculiar ideas as to whatís in his or her best interest.....
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Campus Visits

Want to get into your first-choice college? Better book a plane ticket
Boston Globe - Aug 21, 2017
On university campuses, a summer tradition has unfolded: High school juniors and their parents are inspecting dormitories, checking out libraries, and visiting classrooms as part of the college tour....
New Study Highlights How College Visits Boost Admissions Chances At Selective Colleges
Forbes - Aug 23, 2017
According to an article on InsideHigherEd.com a new study shows that high school students who show demonstrated interest in a college by making an official visit to campus have an advantage in the admissions process over students who don't make a campus visit....
Top 3 Tips for College Visits
HamletHub - Aug 26, 2017
At this time of year, many seniors visit the colleges and universities that are on the ďlistĒ that they have received from their counselors. It is important to remember that just as you are looking for the perfect college, the colleges are looking for their ideal students. ....
Are college visits worth it?
The Daily Pennsylvanian - Sep 6, 2017
For the past week and a half, Iíve found myself marveling at the verdant trees, barely subsumed by the stunning hallmarks of academic and intellectual excellence that line Locust Walk. ...
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Students with Disabilities

Getting into College with a Learning Disability
TAPinto  - Aug 31, 2017
Iím proud to tell you that our daughter got a perfect score on the SATs. She wants to go to an Ivy League school or the equivalent, but we have no idea if sheíll get into any of those schools because she has a learning disability.....
Archives - Students with Disabilities

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Sep 6, 2017
Helping Students Respond to DACA
Writing a column about school counseling is a lot like school counseling itself. I had this great piece planned about schedule changesóit was really going to be awesome. .... More

Take advantage of school counselors, a valuable resource
MyRecordJournal  - Sep 6, 2017
School counselors are certainly incredibly busy people. But our advice is that itís your job this school year to make sure they are even busier. We donít mean creating busywork, but rather taking advantage of all your school counselors have to offer.....
A School Counselor Takes To The Floodwaters To Rescue His Students And Their Families
NPR.org  - Aug 30, 2017
From food pantries to trauma counseling, educators throughout the region hit by Hurricane Harvey are gearing up for the long haul....
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Everything parents should know about college mental health, but don't
Philly.com - Aug 14, 2017
Many parents are unaware that U.S. colleges are grappling with a mental-health crisis of epidemic proportions, and college counseling centers are struggling to meet the skyrocketing demand for services.t....
Parents & Students Beware Of These Common College Scams
CBS Local - St. Louis - Jun 12, 2017
Scammers are preying on college students across the country and if you think your son or daughter is too smart to fall for these tricks, think again. Here are just a few of scams you should discuss with your college student....
Archives - Parents
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Acing the SAT and ACT comes down to embracing 6 simple truths, according to tutor who graduated from Harvard and MIT
Buisness Insider - Aug 25, 2017
Most parents know to have any chance at acceptance to elite schools like Harvard and MIT, students need to get high scores on the ACT or SAT. But there are so many questions about how to study for these tests, how to motivate your student....
What You Should Know About The New Summer SAT
NPR.org - Aug 24, 2017
On Friday night, Fabrice Charles is planning to go to bed early so he can get a good night's sleep. He's got a big day on Saturday, when he'll join hundreds of thousands of other students taking the new summer SAT.....
Planning for college? Have a strategy for entrance exams
Des Moines Register - Sep 6, 2017
College entrance exams are used as one of the admissions criteria by most colleges. The ACT and the SAT are the exams that are talked about in admissions discussions....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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The 4 best ways to save on college
Marketplace.org - Aug 11, 2017
College can be a huge expense for students and families. According to The College Board, the average cost to students for the 2016-2017 school year after financial aid was $14,210 for public college and $26,100 for private college. ..
The hidden cost of college: rising student fees
Washington Post  - Aug 24, 2017
With tuition bills arriving as the fall semester starts, students and parents might notice a line with a pretty big number next to it: student fees.....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

Why Massachusetts' CTE approach works ó and what other states could learn
Education Dive - Aug 30, 2017
FONTANA, Calif. ó At a steel factory dwarfed by the adjacent Auto Club Speedway, Fernando Esparza is working toward his next promotion......
After decades of pushing bachelorís degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople
Hechinger Report - Sep 6, 2017
FONTANA, Calif. ó At a steel factory dwarfed by the adjacent Auto Club Speedway, Fernando Esparza is working toward his next promotion......
Career and Technical Education Faces Challenges in Rural America
Education Week (registration required) - Aug 22, 2017
Rural schools face special challenges trying to build good career and technical education programs, especially programs that include postsecondary training, an important element in an economy that increasingly demands more schooling than a high school diploma....
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College Admissions: 4 New England College Roadtrips
GoLocalProv College Admissions - Sep 4, 2017
It wonít be long before the leaves are turning and autumn is in full swing. For parents of juniors and seniors, this can be a great time to take students to see New England campuses before the snows of winter make tours painfully cold. Now is ideal to see schools, while students are present and campuses are picture perfect.....
Most Connecticut 4-year Colleges, Universities No Longer Require SAT, ACT Scores
Texas Tribune - Aug 30, 2017
Diego Barcena wouldnít have bothered applying to Trinity College if he had been required to submit his SAT or ACT scores.,...
A bachelorís degree for less than $10K? Maine university says it can happen
Bangor Daily News  - Aug 30, 2017
Diego Barcena wouldnít have bothered applying to Trinity College if he had been required to submit his SAT or ACT scores.,...
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The Call-In: Bullying
NPR.org - Aug 27, 2017
The new school year is upon us. This week on The Call-In, we hear from listeners about their experiences with bullying. Also, psychologist Kortney Peagram talks with host A Martinez....
3 things tweens, teens should do when they see bullying, threats on social media
WRAL - Sep 1, 2017
It's only the first week of school, but, already, two Wake County high schools have experienced separate social media threats....
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