High School Counselor Week

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


September 12, 2019

Big Picture

Inside the Education Department’s effort to ‘obstruct’ student loan investigations
NBC News – September 9, 2019
A letter by a top adviser to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos reveals how the department has prioritized student loan servicers over student borrowers, consumer advocates say.

Sunlight illuminating college admissions scandal is best disinfectant
Fox Business – September 4, 2019
Some wealthy do indeed use their money to make it easier for their children to get into elite colleges. We’ve known this since the college admissions scandal broke. And now we know some of the details. It’s not pretty.

Illinois colleges ramp up pursuit of rural students
Chicago Tribune – September 4, 2019
“Colleges need to understand more about rural areas — they are kind of in a bubble.”

Columns and Blogs

How to Provide Better Financial Aid in Five Minutes
Post – September 11, 2019
Counselors’ Corner with Patrick O’Connor Ph.D

Five ways to avoid that cringe-worthy essay
Tribune News Service – September 11, 2019
College Admissions Strategies with Lee Bierer 

Resumes continue to add value in the college admissions process
Post – September 11, 2019
The Explorations Blog with Nancy Griesemer


Student Perspective: Here’s Why Counselors on Campus are Important
ACLU Arizona – September 10, 2019
“We want to see as many schools as possible request funding for counselors, not SROs.”

A Lot Falls On School Counselors When It Comes To Processing And Preventing Tragedy
KUT, UT Austin – September 4, 2019 (LISTEN)
Students in Odessa returned to class on Tuesday, many of them dressed in yellow. As the students cope,counselors give them an opportunity to process an event that seems to have no rational explanation.

College Ratings: How Helpful Are They?
Voice of America – September 7, 2019
Several educators and counselors offer their take on college rankings


7 surprising costs of being a college student you probably wouldn’t expect
Business Insider – September 6, 2019
There’s no doubt that college is expensive, but those four years are also riddled with hidden expenses that aren’t part of tuition or room and board.

College Admissions Scandal Reveals Parents Grossly Misunderstand College And Their Children
The Federalist – September 10, 2019
Children rarely become what their parents imagine for them, and it’s pointless to think they will. The problem isn’t the kids; it’s the parents’ expectations

Perspective: Go Beyond The College Tour
Northern Public Radio – September 6, 2019
My daughter receives stacks of letters from colleges trying to entice her. Most of them tout benefits so similar that they become virtually indistinguishable.


How to Get Into Your Dream School (Legally)
CBS News
Boston Magazine’s Brittany Jasnoff joins the show to talk about the methods college counselors say are the best to use when applying to colleges

Admissions Process & Strategy

How to Apply to College? Let Me Count the Ways
Next Stop: College blog – September 5, 2019
Ways students can apply to college, many of them using “early” plans. This helps families understand the differences in the plans, their rules and restrictions and it bears revisiting as things do change.

How Your Instagram Can Help You Get Into College
SparkNotes Blog – September 4, 2019
Follow these dos and don’ts to ensure that your accounts represent the best version of you—because if they do, they can actually help you get into college

The Insider’s Guide to Nailing the College Application Process
Seventeen – September 5, 2019
We talked to top college experts who have collectively helped thousands of students through college applications, and spoiler alert: It’s not as scary as it seems. Check out these tips for nailing the process.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

4 Ways To Get Free Money For College
Forbes – September 6, 2019
Don’t think you’ll qualify for aid? Schools often grant aid in the form of tuition discounts, work-study and merit-based aid not connected to financial need. But you won’t know what’s available unless you submit a FAFSA.

99% Of Borrowers Rejected By Expanded Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Forbes – September 5, 2019
The GAO recommends that Congress streamline the process.

The 20 top-tier schools where the most students get financial aid
Business Insider – September 6, 2019
Pell Grants represent a national baseline allowing a comparison of all colleges in the US. Here are the 20 schools among the top-ranked colleges with the highest share of recipients

College Rankings

College rankings might as well be student rankings
Salon – August 26, 2019
What the rankings largely show is the caliber of the students that a given college admits

Forbes Releases Annual Ranking of America’s Top Colleges
Forbes – August 15, 2019
Focused on the direct benefits a college or university provides its students

Niche The 50 best colleges in America, ranked
Business Insider – August 31, 2019
Based on data collected from the US Department of Education as well as student and alumni reviews.

U.S. News & World Report: These are the best colleges in the US
NBC Today – September 9, 2019
Implements new ranking criteria that heavily weigh social mobility and graduation outcomes.

WSJ/THE US College Rankings 2020: Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins rise
Times Higher Education – September 5, 2019
Partly based on the results of the T.H.E. US Student Survey, which gathered the views of more than 170,000 university students

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Teen Health

Could Sober College Campuses Work?
International Policy Digest – September 8, 2019
Or will they lead more students to hide their addictions?

Early school start times harm teen health and academics
Bangor Daily News – September 5, 2019
If a doctor could prescribe a high school teenager something that would reduce their risk of depression, anxiety, suicide, obesity, drug and alcohol use, motor vehicle accidents, sports-related injuries, diabetes, risky sexual behaviors, migraines and immune system disorders, how eager would you be to obtain it for all students?

We are failing’ our student-athletes in the way we talk about mental health
York Daily Record – September 5, 2019
“We are giving them catch phrases instead of effective strategies. We are being silent when we should be shouting.”


How the Advanced Placement program is failing students
Charleston Gazette-Mail – September 7, 2019
Changes to the AP program represent a perversion of the program’s original mission of fostering creative and critical thinking.

How to Study for an ACT Retake
Magoosh High School Blog – September 8, 2019
The reality is most students sign up for an ACT retake and do exactly the same thing over again. It’s time to learn from the experience

More Than 1000 Accredited Colleges and Universities That Do Not Use ACT/SAT Scores to Admit Substantial Numbers of Students
National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) – Fall 2019
This list includes institutions that are “test optional,” “test flexible” or otherwise de-emphasize the use of standardized tests in making admissions decisions


Madison DIG strives to support people with disabilities
The JMU Breeze – September 5, 2019
“People with disabilities deserve to have a social life. We deserve to have a life just like everybody else. We’re college students too. We wanna have fun too and not just go to class.”

Technology & Tools

A new Google tool aims to bring ‘in-depth analysis’ to the college search
CNBC Make It – September 3, 2019
Google has expanded the feature to include two-year colleges, associate programs and certificate programs, reflecting the changing ways Americans are pursuing degrees.

Malware Found in Digital Textbooks and Essays
Tech.co – September 5, 2019
Students are being warned about the hidden dangers as they head back to college and school. The vast majority of the examples found came from essays.

Teens are using Facebook meme pages to help decide where to go to college
Business Insider – September 4, 2019
As I watch high schoolers trudge through my college campus in ninety-degree heat, I can’t help but wonder why there isn’t a better way to show prospective students their potential universities.