High School Counselor Week

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


October 31, 2019

Big Picture

DeVos, Ed Dept get $100K fine over for-profit student loan collection
EducationDive – October 24, 2019
The Ed Department last month admitted in court filings that it had attempted to collect on the loans of more than 16,000 Corinthian borrowers — despite a court order halting those collections in May.

NCAA to let college athletes profit from their likeness
CBS News – October 29, 2019

Why college tuition keeps rising
CNBC – October 24, 2019
Over the last decade, deep cuts in state funding for higher education have contributed to significant tuition increases and pushed more of the costs of college onto students

Columns and Blogs

The Gentle Art of Applying to College
Post – October 30, 2019
Counselors’ Corner with Patrick O’Connor Ph.D
How to avoid common financial aid mistakes
Tribune News Service – October 30, 2019
College Admissions Strategies with Lee Bierer 

Got talent? Don’t miss college fairs for students in the
visual and performing arts!

Post – October 16, 2019
The Explorations Blog with Nancy Griesemer

Applying Early Decision: What You Need to Know
Post – October 14, 2019
The College Solution Blog with Lynn O’Shaughnessy


Text-based “Nudges” to High School Seniors from School Counselors Boost Financial Aid Filing, College Enrollment
American Educational Research Association – October 29, 2019
High school seniors who receive texted reminders from their school counselors are 17% more likely to complete the financial aid application process and 8% more likely to enroll in college directly after graduating

Innovative Partnerships Are Key To The College Completion Crisis
Forbes – October 30, 2019
Our college counseling team works with our college partners to identify areas where we can each strengthen our support around college readiness, matriculation, and graduation – and commit to implement these strategies.

It’s More Than Pay: Striking Teachers Demand Counselors and Nurses
New York Times – October 24, 2019
School strikes have put teachers in the spotlight. But demands for more counselors, nurses and psychologists are growing.

Whose Advice Are You Taking? The Fight Over College Counseling at Elite High Schools
Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required) – October 26, 2019
In the first application season since the cheating scandal, schools weigh how to exert control


5 Ways Your High School Counselor Can Help With College Prep
Parenting for College – October 24, 2019
You would be surprised at the amount of material that comes across your high school counselor’s desk: from scholarship opportunities, to college admissions counselor recommendation requests, to leadership positions, to volunteer opportunities. Making friends with your counselor may well be the most important and valuable relationship your teen cultivates during high school.

How to Connect With Your Kids’ Digital Interests and Become a Media Mentor
EdSurge – October 28, 2019
Here are three steps to help you make the transition from being a time cop to media mentor.

Should parents hire outside help to get their kids in college?
Bleuwater blog – October 28, 2019

Admissions Process & Strategy

Cliches to avoid when writing your college admissions essay
Seattle Times – October 25, 2019
How can you set yourself apart from thousands of other high school seniors? Find a unique subject, a story only you can tell, and consider avoiding the following overdone personal essay cliches:

Letters of recommendation: Yes, they really matter. How to get good ones
Seattle Times – October 25, 2019
While colleges still consider grades, test scores and course-load rigor the most important admission factors, recommendation letters offer one more way to understand who an applicant is.

Should you apply to college ‘early action’? Check these FAQ
Seattle Times – October 25, 2019

Top 12 National Universities With Rolling Admissions
U.S. News & World Report – October 29, 2019
Rolling admissions gives students the opportunity to apply at any time after a college begins accepting applications, and colleges evaluate those applications as they are received. But only a minority of National Universities offer this option.

U.S. News Guide to College Majors
U.S. News & World Report – October 28, 2019
While not all students go on to work within their major, following a certain track throughout college will offer students skills to pursue various opportunities. To help students understand what goes into the college major decision, we’ve outlined some key concepts

Career & Technical Education

Gen Z Is the Answer to the Skills Gap— They Just Don’t Know It Yet
Industry Week – October 30, 2019
Today’s manufacturers need employees with digital skills in automation, software, robotics, analytics, cloud computing and 3D printing. As digital natives, Gen Z’s experience means they can easily adapt and adopt the skills needed. But lack of awareness and misperceptions about the industry are holding them back.

School becomes career-focused
Daily Journal Online (MO) – October 30, 2019
Part of the Latin Honors System requires internships of high school students with local businesses and institutions to better learn their potential career paths.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

10 Companies That Offer Tuition Reimbursement to Help Pay for College
eStudentLoan – Fall 2019
There are quite a few companies that offer tuition assistance or tuition reimbursement as an employee benefit–even if you’re only there a few hours a week.

New scam targets students trying to pay off student loans
9News Denver – October 28, 2019
The scammers claim that if the person makes three payments of $300, their student loans will be forgiven.

Price Over Prestige: Why Some Students Are Nixing Esteemed Universities for Community Colleges
Parentology – October 28, 2019
For Many, the Value Is Simply Not There

FAFSA Deadlines for 2020-21
NextStudent – October 27, 2019
Don’t forget that students need to complete the FAFSA every year they are attending school. So just because you received a great financial aid package freshmen year, don’t get lazy and forget to send that FAFSA in again in October of your first year for next year’s aid package.

Student Voices

College Board: Stop Landscape now
The Tide – October 28, 2019
The author is a student at Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville, MD
The College Board is delving into the messy realm of affirmative action with no knowledge of Landscape’s effectiveness. Admissions officers, who have a thoroughly holistic system for determining a student’s admission, should continue to be the group to parse through student’s socioeconomic background and other application materials. 

The Advice I Wish I’d Been Given As A First-Generation College Student
The Financial Diet – October 29, 2019
The author is a graduate student at Indiana University
If I could go back and tell my 18-year old self anything, I would tell her to ask for help.

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Inside The Admissions Office

5 College Application Tips for Undergraduate Students
Azusa Pacific Admissions
October 29, 2019

These five college application tips will help you effectively showcase your individual qualities, academic strengths, and extracurricular activities to admissions officers.

5 Tips to Knock your Interview Out of the Park
Tulane University Admission Blog
October 29, 2019

We don’t want you to stress over this – applying to college is stressful enough. Instead, we want you to crush it! I’ve wracked my brain and come up with five tips to make sure you feel fantastic about your alumni interview.

Teen Health

6 steps to a comprehensive school safety approach
EdTech Today SmartBrief – October 29, 2019
Thanks to advanced technology and a multifaceted approach to student safety, our district is making progress on the issue. We’re thwarting problems before they turn into major events, intervening as needed, and taking fast action post-event

Not quite the teacher’s pet
KPVI Idaho – October 24, 2019
At one middle school, the counselors are now equipped with a four-legged assistant. It’s only been a couple months since the district approved the idea of a therapy dog, but students are already benefiting.

Why Struggle Is Essential for the Brain — and Our Lives
EdSurge – October 24, 1902
As parents and teachers, we do just about everything we can to make sure that children don’t struggle. It turns out we are making a terrible mistake. Research shows that struggling is absolutely critical to mastery…


Another Drop in College Readiness
Inside Higher Ed – October 30, 2019
The new ACT score results show that scores across the country are continuing to decline slightly from last year, especially in math and English. The number of graduates meeting the required benchmarks in math and English is the lowest it has been in 15 years.

Don’t fall for college prep scams
The Star News (CA) – October 24, 2019

Some fear new deadline, fees will keep some students out of AP classes
Atlanta Journal-Constitution – October 29, 2019
Parents, students, teachers and guidance counselors have expressed concern that the earlier deadline and increased cancellation fee may hurt low-income students.

Civil rights groups threaten to sue U of California if it doesn’t drop SAT, ACT
EducationDive – October 29, 2019
The groups say the tests discriminate against students based on income, race and disability.


Helping students with intellectual disabilities conquer college
The Hechinger Report – October 25, 2019
More colleges are opening doors to students with intellectual disabilities and giving them life skills and a ticket to employment, but federal funding for some of these programs runs out next year

State launches program to aid college students with disabilities
WBNS-10 (OH) – October 25, 2019
Thousands of Ohio college students living with both visible and invisible disabilities will receive some extra support. The program places specially-trained counselors on campus.