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A New Call to End Legacy Admissions
The Atlantic - Feb 14, 2018
Up until now, most of the legal and political fights over college-admissions policies have centered around the use of race as a factor in admissions at selective colleges. But that may be changing. .......
Worker shortage spurs uncharacteristic partnerships connecting colleges, business
Hechinger Report - Feb 9, 2018
NVER — David Andy went to college after graduating from high school, spent his first two semesters drifting through introductory classes, then was told to pick a major.....
The Impact of Parents' Education Levels
Inside Higher Ed - Feb 8, 2018
The American dream -- the idea that everyone is given an equal chance to succeed -- is embedded in U.S. politics and culture. But the reality is that Americans start off in different places in ways that are sometimes difficult to overcome.......
Trump and DeVos call for massive cuts to college student aid programs
Washington Post - Feb 13, 2018
The Trump administration is seeking to slash nearly $4 billion in annual funding for student aid programs, but the two-year budget deal signed into law last week complicates that proposal.....
Does It Hurt To Be From New York? Geographic Diversity In College Admissions
Forbes - Feb 9, 2018
It’s been an exhausting admissions season so far, especially for my ambitious students. In the early rounds, some students were quite successful, while others were surprised to be denied or deferred — raising familiar questions about what happens to New York area applicants.....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

College checklist: When to file for FAFSA? Take SATs or ACTs?
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Feb 9, 2018
When is the right time for families to start preparing for college? For decades, campus admissions staff, high school counselors and others have argued that early is best. ..
College vs. University in the U.S.: What's the Difference?
U.S. News & World Report - Feb 14, 2018
The word "college" doesn’t have the same meaning in every country, which can create confusion for prospective international students interested in studying in the U.S.. ..
Step Away From College Admission Mania For Better Results
Forbes - Feb 13, 2018
We in the college admission biz often talk about the "frenzy" that surrounds it: the competition, the gaming of the system, the struggle to take every possible AP class or the intensity of some parents' efforts to ensure their offsprings' entry into Valhalla ..
Don't Overlook Colleges In Your Own Backyard
Forbes - Feb 9, 2018
Over the years, colleges and universities have invested many thousands of dollars marketing themselves to students all over the country and the world. They're hoping not only to increase their enrollment but also to make the status leap from "regional" to "national" institutions the way airports ..
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The 7 Things Students Think About When Choosing a College
Chronicle of Higher Ed - Feb 13, 2018
What happens when a high-school student from a low-income family wants to attend a private college 100 miles away, but has a parent whispering in her ear to look closer to home? The "Survey of Admitted Students: Targeting Yield Strategies," may provide some answers, as well as more questions.. ..
Choosing a college that you fall in love with
Concord Monitor - Feb 14, 2018
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and while lovers scramble to honor this “Hallmark holiday” with flowers, chocolates and other expressions of affection, I am naturally thinking about college admission. ..
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Students with Disabilities

College and Career Conference for Students with Disabilities to be held at LCC
Fox47News - Feb 14, 2018
Postsecondary education should be part of the conversation between all students and their parents. Navigating the process with disabilities has more steps, but is completely within reach. Students with learning, physical, and intellectual disabilities have dreams beyond high schoo...

Archives - Students with Disabilities
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Feb 15, 2018
Want Students College Ready? Let Them Miss Class
About 40 principals and counselors attended the Principals/Counselors at ED event held this week at the US Department of Education (there’s more about the event here), and had the chance to spend a day talking about how principals and counselors ,.. More

School Counselors Responsible for 482 Students on Average, Report Finds
EdWeek (registration required) - Feb 8, 2018
The heavy caseloads of school counselors haven't gotten much lighter in the past decade, even as schools are under pressure to deliver quality advice and guidance on a growing range of issues.....
Editorial: School counselors deserve more credit for work they do
Carol County Times - Feb 13, 2018
National School Counseling Week may have been celebrated Feb. 5-9, but that doesn’t mean school counselors shouldn’t get a tip of the cap year-round. That’s because the job is far more complex and difficult than what many of us might expect.....
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Parents, read this before you take out a loan to pay for your kid's college
Des Moines Register - Feb 12, 2018
Thousands of parents are taking out loans through the federal Parent PLUS program to help put their kids through college. But before you take the plunge, here's what you should know:....
The Key To Raising A Happy Child
NPR.org - Feb 14, 2018
For much of the past half-century, children, adolescents and young adults in the U.S. have been saying they feel as though their lives are increasingly out of their control. At the same time, rates of anxiety and depression have risen steadily....
$1.5 Million to Get Into an Ivy
Inside Higher Ed - Feb 12, 2018
In 2005, Inside Higher Ed reported that a leading private college consultant was charging $9,999 each to 10 attendees for a weekend "boot camp" on college admissions. The idea that parents would pay that kind of money for a few days of advice stunned and appalled many....
Archives - Parents
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How to Stay Relaxed About the PSAT – Your First Big College Test
TeenLife Blog - Feb 13, 2018
So you’re about to board the high-speed train that is the college admissions process. First stop: PSAT.....
3 ACT Writing Errors Students Make
US News - Feb 12, 2018
The 40-minute writing portion of the ACT requires students to read a prompt and three related perspectives and then compose their own response to the central issue. Though optional, certain colleges require that students sit for the ACT writing test.s.....
ACT/SAT for all: A cheap, effective way to narrow income gaps in college
Brookings Institute - Feb 8, 2018
There are many logistical hurdles on the road to college: financial aid forms, admissions essays, letters of recommendation, and entrance exams. There are dozens of details to remember, deadlines to meet, forms to complete, and fees to pay......
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Financial Aid 101: The glossary you’ll need (Part 3))
Tribune News Service - Feb 12, 2018
Every parent’s goal is to pay the least amount of money for the best quality education for their children. Understanding the alphabet soup of financial aid and knowing how to maximize your financial aid eligibility should be your first step in the process....
10 Things to Know About Merit Aid Scholarships
US News - Feb 12, 2018
When it comes to paying for college, merit aid is one way to close the gap between the cost of attendance and the need based financial aid....
What You Can Use Scholarship Money For
US News - Feb 8, 2018
Tuition? Books? A spring break trip to Cancún? If you've won some scholarship money, chances are you're trying to figure out what you can spend it on....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

President's call for vocational schools highlights higher education issues
Baltimore Sun - Feb 12, 2018
As the president of a community college less than 10 miles from the White House, I was surprised to hear that President Donald Trump believes “many people don’t know what a community college means or represents” and that schools like mine should instead be considered “vocational schools,” ....
Workforce training programs may soon look different in Memphis schools
Chalkbeat - Feb 12, 2018
Memphis students would get more opportunities to earn job certifications before graduation under a proposed revamp of career and technical education in Shelby County Schools.....
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College Connection: NJ students post impressive SAT scores
MyCentralJersey.com- - Feb 8, 2018
As the deadline arrives to register for the March SAT exam, New Jersey students recognize that the bar is high. . . ..
State Accountability Index Shows Gains In College Readiness, Declines In Student Growth
Hartford Courant - Feb 10, 2018
Connecticut school districts showed little improvement overall in the latest accountability data on school and district performance, released Friday by the State Department of Education, with most districts showing declines. . ..
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Teen Dating

Why you should permit, and encourage, your teen to date
Washington Post - Feb 14, 2018
Recently, a friend lightheartedly told me about me the funny T-shirts her husband and his brothers received at a family event. “They said Dads Against Daughters Dating,” she giggled. All the men who received the shirts, including her husband, were fathers of teenage girls.. ..
What parents need to know about teen dating violence: Stoffel
Reno Gazette Journal - Feb 13, 2018
As the mother of a son who recently graduated from college, I know how difficult it can be to discuss dating and healthy relationships with a teenager. As a longtime advocate against domestic violence, I also know how important it is for parents to have these conversations with their children starting at an early age.. ..
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