March 8, 2018 Issue

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What If America Didn't Have Public Schools?
The Atlantic - Mar 4, 2018
OPINION: When it comes to measuring community college success, graduation rates fall short
Hechinger Report - Mar 6, 2018
Education Department Wants To Protect Student-Loan Debt Collectors
NPR.org - Feb 27, 2018
GOP education bill would make college even less affordable for many, experts say
Hechinger Report - Feb 27, 2018
Give Money to College Students Who Need It
Bloomberg - Feb 28, 2018
Who's Missing From America's Colleges? Rural High School Graduates
NPR.org - Feb 15, 2018
College Debt, Without the Degree
The Atlantic - Feb 12, 2018
A New Call to End Legacy Admissions
The Atlantic - Feb 14, 2018
From 37,000 Feet, 5 Questions About College Admissions
Chronicle of Higher Ed - Jan 21, 2018
Career and Technical Education
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Construction industry struggles to attract young workforce
KRBK - Mar 6, 2018
(Springfield, Mo.–03/06/18) In desperate need of workers the Springfield Contractors Association is hoping to convince the next generation to pick a career in construction….
All-girls auto shop class builds skills, confidence at Charlotte’s Myers Park High
Charlotte Observer - Mar 6, 2018
When the morning bell rings at Myers Park High, 16 girls are in the auto shop at the back of campus, ready to pop some hoods and get under the chassis…
College Admissions Process/Strategies
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Be savvy – don’t be fooled by a college’s sticker price
Tribune News Service - Mar 6, 2018
No one will question that the price of a college education seems out of control. Sticker prices have risen faster than inflation, and according to US News and World Report, over the last 20 years, “the average tuition and fees at private National Universities have jumped 157 percent…
Getting Rejected From Elite Universities
The College Solution Blog - Mar 5, 2018
This is the time of year when elite universities, which have kept applicants in suspense for months, notify teenagers of their admission decisions. Most of these applicants are going to be terribly disappointed, but I want to EMPHASIZE that the majority of teenagers get into their first choice school….
10 Things College Rankings Won't Tell You
Her Campus - Mar 3, 2018
When looking online for information about colleges, one of the most referenced websites is the U.S. News & World Report. While it is a great website for getting information about applying and general statistics….
SATs & ACTs
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Learn How to Master SAT Reading, Writing Graphics
US News - Mar 5, 2018
Informational graphics like charts, graphs and tables appear on several sections of the redesigned SAT, such as the reading and writing portions. This can intimidate some students taking the college entrance exam…
College Admissions: Preparing to Test Your Abilities
VOA News - Mar 5, 2018
For many would-be college students, testing is the most difficult part of the undergraduate application process. Applicants sit for hours taking tests. They answer questions about a number of subjects…
Letters of Recommendation
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College Advice: Getting Great Recommendations
Forbes - Feb 28, 2018
High School juniors: If you want a recommendation from a teacher that will not help your case for admission, here’s some good advice: Do nothing to impress your teachers. Letters from teachers actually help admissions committees gauge your seriousness of purpose in class…
Columns and Blogs
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Counselors’ Corner with Patrick O’Connor Ph.D

A Better Way to do Scheduling? Take it Away From Counselors
Post - Mar 8, 2018

College Admissions Strategies with Lee Brier

Start early when planning your athletic recruitment timeline
Tribune News Service - Feb 27, 2018

The College Solution Blog with Lynn O’Shaughnessy

How Home Equity Impacts Financial Aid
The College Solution - Jan 13, 2018

The Concord Review with Will Fitzhugh

Scholars or Customers?
The Concord Review Blog Blog - February 26, 2018

Strategies for College with Todd Weaver

How Your Student Can Benefit from Career Coaching Before the College Admissions Process
November 29, 2017
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Subprime Education
PBS.org - Frontline - September 12, 2016
Do colleges put too much pressure on students to impress admissions committees?
PBS NewsHour - January 20, 2016
Early/Defer/Waitlisted
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You got into college early. Or not. Now what?
Houston Chronicle - December 6, 2017
When it comes to college admissions decisions, the late, great Tom Petty really knew what he was talking about when he sang that the waiting was the hardest part….
Students With Disabilities
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Graduation Rate Improves For Students With Disabilities
Disability Scoop - December 5, 2017

New federal data indicates that the high school graduation rate for students with disabilities is trending upward…

When Dyslexic Students Are Denied In School
NPR.org - December 5, 2017

Dyslexia is one of the most common learning disabilities, affecting up to 17 percent of the population, who have difficulty reading, writing and spelling. Recognizing dyslexia in students who are just learning to read can be difficult..

These students are finishing high school, but their degrees don’t help them go to college
Hechinger Report - December 2, 2017

For students with disabilities, completing high school does not always lead to greater opportunity…..

Fin-Aid/Scholarships
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How to Check Your FAFSA Status Quickly and Easily
Student Loan Hero (blog) - Mar 7, 2018
So you’ve started or completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and now you’re wondering what the heck happened to it. Well, checking your FAFSA status is easier than you think. Here’s how you can get started…
Completing the FAFSA: Everything You Should Know
US News - Mar 1, 2018
Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA, is one of the most important steps students and their families can take to pay for college…
College Corner: Successful Appeal Tips
Cape News - Mar 2, 2018
As we discussed last week, parents and students are beginning to receive the college financial aid award letters. If the letter is not what you had expected, then this article should be of value to you as you might want to appeal the letter…
Jane Young: Ways to maximize financial aid for college
Colorado Springs Gazette - Mar 1, 2018
With the high cost of attending college, maximizing financial aid is essential toward building a strong financial future. FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the largest provider of needs-based financial aid for more than 13 million students through grants…
March 8th, 2018
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Counselors
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Alexander to introduce bill increasing funding for school counselors, security
WBIR - Mar 6, 2018
“The federal government can and should help create an environment so that communities, school boards and states can create safer schools,” Alexanders said in a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday.…
Helping an Applicant Stretch His Ethnic Identity
Inside Higher Ed - Mar 5, 2018
College counselor finds herself doubting an applicant whose wealthy parents see his Latin American grandmother (whom he hasn’t met) as a route to being admitted to a top college…
Parents
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Helicopter parents don’t stay at home when the kids go to college — they keep hovering
Washington Post - Mar 2, 2018
A few years ago, I attended an internship recruitment presentation by Goldman Sachs at the University of Pennsylvania. It was early in the fall semester, but the Wall Street investment bank was already focused on hiring interns for the following summer…
Rich parents are serving as ’college concierges’ for their kids — and it’s fueling inequality
MarketWatch - Mar 6, 2018
In the popular imagination, college offers an opportunity for young people to strike out on their own, away from the watchful eye of parents with the safety net of an educational institution…
Majority of parents saving for kid’s college have socked away less than $10,000
USA Today - Mar 6, 2018
The majority of parents who are currently saving for their child’s education have saved less than $10,000, according to a recent survey. That would barely cover the tuition and fees for one year at a 4-year public college for in-state students…
What parents should know about the National School Walkout
USA Today - Mar 6, 2018
As students across the nation prepare to walk out of schools March 14, some parents are questioning how best to support their children. The National School Walkout, a protest taking place in hundreds of locations, has become a topic of controversy as some schools vow not to support…
Yes, college coaches do evaluate parents
USA Today HSS - Mar 6, 2018
If the term “helicopter parent” tells us anything, it’s that parents are involved in the college decision-making process now more than ever—and coaches are taking notice…
Teen Depression
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New guidelines help doctors tackle teen depression
Medical News Today - Mar 1, 2018
The American Academy of Pediatrics are set to release their first updated guidelines regarding teenage mental health in 10 years. They hope to catch mental health issues earlier and, therefore, intervene more successfully…
Our teens are in crisis; here’s what we can do
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Mar 3, 2018
Adolescence is often a rocky journey as boys and girls make the difficult transition from childhood to adulthood. The transition, emotionally, socially and physically, can be painful…