High School Counselor Week

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


December 15, 2022

Big Picture

Higher education’s sea change
Axiox – December 11, 2022
Enrollment is down, longstanding traditions are crumbling and applicant pools are changing dramatically. Higher education in the U.S. is in the midst of a sea change, forcing schools to adapt with the times.

Take A Real Look At College Enrollment Figures
Forbes – December 5, 2022
The higher education community has an unlimited capacity for doomsaying. On enrollment, there is absolutely a shrinking of available college-age people in the United States. That’s math. It’s real. And it’s a trend that is likely to continue, even accelerate in some places, over the next half-dozen years. But as is always the case, the actual numbers tell a different story. If you actually look, it’s easy to see that over the past decade enrollment squeezes are isolated to specific sectors and not nearly as dramatic or drastic as the doomsayers say.

Columns and Blogs

The 2022 Year in Review
Post – December 14, 2022
Counselors’ Corner with Patrick O’Connor, Ph.D.

Interpreting the PSAT
Post – December 14, 2022
College Advice & Timely Tips with Lee Bierer


‘Gas’ Is the Latest App to Catch Fire With Kids. What You Need to Know About It
Education Week – December 1, 2022
On the surface, Gas, a new app catching fire with high schoolers, sounds as much like an educator’s dream come true as any social media platform could be. Strangers can’t contact kids. Users can only say nice things to each other, by participating in polls with an ostensibly positive spin, instead of writing their own, possibly hurtful messages. But dig a little deeper and it’s clear that Gas—recently the number one downloaded free social media app in Apple’s app store—has serious flaws, experts said, and the app’s business model seems tailor-made to profit off teenage insecurities.

Republicans agree on youth mental health crisis, but are split on solutions
Chalkbeat – December 9, 2022
In Congress, some Republican lawmakers are working on a bipartisan youth mental health bill and a few voted for a major school safety and mental health act. But the vast majority voted against the act and another recent mental health bill. At the state level, some Republican legislators and governors have quietly supported school mental health services. But others have loudly called for bans on social-emotional learning and new restrictions on school counselors. The party’s ambivalence owes partly to wariness about government spending, but it also reflects how students’ mental health has become embroiled in recent political debates around gun control, pandemic school closures, and parents’ rights. To conservatives who accuse teachers and librarians of imposing liberal views on students, school counselors are suspect too.


A lack of counselors in rural schools leads to a push to train teachers in youth mental health first aid
9 News Colorado – December 21, 2022
In a world where there aren’t enough counselors, supporters want everyone to know how to respond to mental health emergencies.





The pandemic was so bad for kids’ mental health that desperate parents are turning to special education for help
Fortune – December 6, 2022
Schools contending with soaring student mental health needs and other challenges have been struggling to determine just how much the pandemic is to blame. Are the challenges the sign of a disability that will impair a student’s learning long term, or something more temporary?

How Games Can Build Your Child’s Social-Emotional Skills
U.S. News & World Report – December 12, 2022
Role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons encourage cooperation and teamwork.

Admissions Process & Strategy

How Academic Majors Can Impact College Acceptance Rates
Wealth Management.com – December 12, 2022
When teenagers are applying to a college, they often gauge their chances by looking at a university’s overall acceptance rate. That statistic, however, rarely tells the whole story.

How college tuition in the US compares to the rest of the world
Triad City Beat (NC) – December 12, 2022
EDsmart analyzed the most recent data on higher education provided by the OECD to see how college tuition costs for public institutions compare across different countries. England was the only country with an average undergraduate cost higher than the U.S. The other countries were ranked from the most similar price to the least expensive (in U.S. dollars) by comparison.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Most financial aid offers have a fuzzy bottom line
Marketplace – December 9, 2022
There’s a practice in higher education of sending out letters — acceptance letters and rejection letters too. But perhaps the most important one of all is the financial aid letter. This includes all of the grants and scholarships that a student is eligible for, ostensibly providing an idea of what it would cost to attend a particular school. But more than 90% of American colleges either don’t supply the final price in those letters or understate it…

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JED High School Info Session

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JED High School Information Session, December 15 at 3pm ET
Learn more about the JED High School technical assistance program, partnering with high schools and districts to support student mental health and prevent suicide.

Inside The Admissions Office

The Beginner’s Guide to College Financial Aid
Bucknell University Admissions Blog – December 8, 2022
College can come with a hefty price tag. Luckily, there are several types of support available for students who need help paying for college. This guide to financial aid will cover everything you need to know about making college more affordable.

Teen Health

Teen Brains Changed During COVID, Scans Show
The 74 – December 9, 2022
A weekly roundup of headlines about how the pandemic is shaping schools and education policy, vetted by AEI Visiting Fellow John Bailey

Teens in crisis
The Week – December 11, 2022
American adolescents are suffering an epidemic of anxiety and depression. Why?

The City That Kicked Cops Out of Schools and Tried Restorative Practices Instead
In These Times – December 12, 2022
Before the pandemic, SROs from the Des Moines Police Department would patrol the school hallways. But during the summer of racial justice marches and protests after the police murder of George Floyd, students, parents and community members spoke out against SROs at Des Moines School Board meetings. In the end, the police contract with the schools was terminated. After scrambling to make remote schooling work during the long, mournful slog of the pandemic, the district left to find a way to reimagine school safety — and fast. The district moved quickly to implement restorative practices, an increasingly popular educational model for school safety, violence prevention and mediation.

Career & Technical Education

Completion higher for alternative teacher prep programs affiliated with higher ed
K-12 Dive – December 12, 2022
University-based alternative teacher preparation programs are producing more graduates than non-higher education institutions over time, according to an analysis released this month. In 2019-20, the percentage of university-based enrollees completing their programs was 34%, compared to 14% of enrollees in programs not affiliated with colleges. As states look for solutions to varying district teacher shortages, the analysis recommends education leaders look to higher education-backed alternative programs to take on workforce challenges.

How One High School Turns Career Dreams into Practical Pathways
The 74 – December 8, 2022
For too many teens, high school is little more than an annoying habit they must put up with until graduation. Beyond that, their goals are often vague. Some have been steered to college, but chances are high that many teens haven’t received much guidance. Some educators are changing this by giving every student an education that provides a solid direction — a pathway — after graduation.