High School Counselor Week

Weekly stories, facts, trends, and other information from around the country


June 6, 2019

Big Picture

College Enrollment Declines Continue
Inside Higher Ed – May 30, 2019
College enrollment in the U.S. has decreased for the eighth consecutive year, according to new data released Thursday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

The New College Enrollment Numbers, Explained
Forbes- May 31, 2019
The newest college enrollment figures are out, covering spring 2019. The headline will be that enrollment overall is down 1.4% from last year.

College Board’s SAT remains a ‘near useless’ measure of college merit
USA TODAY-May 30, 2019
The College Board’s SAT test turns high school students into statistics for college admissions, and the new ‘adversity score’ won’t change that.

Useful or foolhardy? New ‘adversity rating’ for SAT drives rousing debate.
Washington Post – May 31, 2019
College admissions testing was long viewed as a great equalizer. All students could aim for a maximum 36 on the ACT or 1600 on the SAT, no matter where they grew up or went to school.

The Coming College Enrollment Bust
Bloomberg – May 30, 2019
The even-sharper birth declines of the 1960s and 1970s led not to the college enrollment bust that many had feared but to moderate increases as enrollment

Columns and Blogs

The Six Words About College That Disappoint Parents Most
Post – Jun 5, 2019
Counselors’ Corner with Patrick O’Connor Ph.D

Last minute tips to make the most of your summer
Tribune News Service – Jun 4, 2019
College Admissions Strategies with Lee Bierer 

College Decision Day is an Illusion
Post – May 6, 2019
The College Solution Blog with Lynn O’Shaughnessy

UVa reinstates Early Decision for 2019-20
Post – Jun 4, 2019
The Explorations Blog with Nancy Griesemer


Student Success Act to hire needed counselors for all Oregon schools
Pamplin Media Group-May 31, 2019
As a school counselor at Milwaukie High School for the past 18 years, I was proud to advocate for the passage of the Student Success Act. I spoke out at the May…


Most parents would make this mistake for the sake of their kid’s college fund
CNBC – Jun 4, 2019
Parenting involves a lot of sacrifice, particularly when it comes to paying for college. Because the price tag on higher education has been increasing significantly for decades, it’s harder than ever to afford.

How to Talk to Teens About Depression
TeenLife Blog – May 31, 2019
Teen depression is becoming increasingly troubling. It seems our teens are suffering in higher numbers than in the past, even when taking into account the typical mood swings and drama that accompany the teen years.

The Problem With ‘Sharenting’
New York Times – Jun 5, 2019
Fears about troubling videos and excessive screen time are legitimate. But the real threat is adults’ disregard for their children’s rights and best interests. 


How to adjust when your college kids come home for the summer
CBS News – May 31, 2019
When college students go home for the summer, it can be a complicated reunion. As CBS News contributor and psychologist Lisa Damour recently wrote in the New York Times, “Adding college students back into family life is rarely as simple as rebooting their high school days.

Admissions Process & Strategy

June College Search Guide
Monrovia Weekly – Jun 4, 2019
The mere mention of college applications is enough to cause apprehension among parents and high schoolers. To say that the process is a complicated one to navigate is a spectacular understatement.

To get a bigger paycheck after college, start working now
CNBC – May 31, 2019
There’s good news for the many people who are in college and working too: they’re likely to pick up a larger paycheck after graduation than their peers who didn’t work.

Career & Technical Education

US Needs National Apprenticeship Structure
Industry Week – Jun 4, 2019
“America lacks a national strategy that prioritizes youth apprenticeship as an effective talent pipeline to boost the sector’s competitiveness and spread economic opportunity across the country,” says Brent Parton, of New America.

The Failure of Fast Education
EdSurge – Jun 2, 2019
Over the last decade, as a rejection to a tired model of traditional higher education, new educational programs and structures have emerged.

Skilled trades, middle skills in schools battle a pro-college bias
Rochester Business Journal – Jun 5, 2019
Students in the optics technology program at Monroe Community College often have job offers before they complete their degree or certificate.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

How To Successfully Appeal A Financial Aid Award
Forbes-May 30, 2019
That’s right; you have to pay for your college degree — like it or not, and whether you have the money or not. Fortunately, that’s where financial aid comes in.

FAFSA Deadlines You Should Know
US News & World Report – Jun  30, 2019
FOR STUDENTS SEEKING federal financial aid to pay for college, the deadline to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is on June 30 each year

The frustrating reason college students miss out on the most suitable federal-aid loans
MarketWatch – Jun 3, 2019
As the student-loan debt bubble grows, lawmakers and consumer advocates are pushing for better counseling to help students make better-informed borrowing decisions

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Inside The Admissions Office

The Best of Intentions
Georgia Tech Admissions Blog
May 30, 2019

I love stories of wild animals mistakenly brought into people’s homes. While some of these stories are fake, it’s easy for us to believe that it could happen. You know the drill. It starts with a well-meaning, kind hearted (yet naive) individual

2019-2020 First Year Application Essay Prompts
Notes from Peabody UVA Admission Blog
Jun 4, 2019

The incoming class is now working with the Office of Orientation and New Student Programs, so it’s time to shift to working with high school juniors who will be applying to UVA next year.

Teen Health

Teen Dating Abuse Is A Public Health Crisis. Here’s How To Change That
HuffPost – Jun 3, 2019
When Yeardley Love died, she was just three weeks shy of graduating from the University of Virginia. It was there she’d met her boyfriend, fellow lacrosse player George Huguely

When Social Media Is Really Problematic for Adolescents
The New York Times-Jun 3, 2019
There has been a lot of worry about adolescents and social media over the past couple of weeks, with new studies and reports raising questions about mental health and vulnerability, sleep and suicide 


Prepare for College by Problem-Solving This Summer
U.S. News & World Report (blog)-Jun 3, 2019
THE ABILITY TO accurately and efficiently solve problems is key on all standardized exams, including the ACT and SAT. Problem-solving is also a skill that we must engage in many other contexts 


#WhyDisabledPeopleDropOut shows obstacles disabled students like me face in pursuit of higher education
HelloGiggles-May 31, 2019
College wasn’t what I expected it to be. I was looking forward to a certain level of fun and freedom that was supposed to come with officially being an adult 

College Visits

College Tour Planning Is a Growing Niche for Travel Advisors
Skift-Jun 4, 2019
The business of planning custom college tours has the potential to grow as tuition continues to balloon at schools across the U.S. The relative cost of having an expert plan an intensive college visit may be worth it for students and families preparing to make a major investment.

Student Athletes

NCSA: How new recruiting rules affect underclassmen
USA Today High School Sports – Jun 4, 2019
Every time the NCAA updates its recruiting rules, there can be a scramble from college coaches, potential recruits and their families to figure out how the new rules will affect them and the athletic recruiting process.