High School Counselor Week

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


February 21, 2019

Big Picture

The Best Education Isn’t Cost-Effective
Inside Higher Ed — Feb 19, 2019

Hampshire’s model provides excellent education precisely because it is not efficient, argues Falguni A. Sheth, and that’s why we need to protect it.

Federal Watchdog Issues Scathing Report On Ed Department’s Handling Of Student Loans
NPR.org – Feb 14, 2019 (LISTEN)
The department’s own inspector general says student loan companies aren’t following the rules, and that the government isn’t doing enough to hold them accountable.

Fighting the Stigma About Community Colleges
Inside Higher Ed-Feb 18, 2019
A plurality of Americans who earn bachelor’s degrees do so by starting out at a community college. Doing so frequently means that students need not borrow

Columns and Blogs

How Are Your Seniors Doing?
Post – Feb 20, 2019

Counselors’ Corner with Patrick O’Connor Ph.D

How a ‘high school profile’ makes or breaks a college application
Post – Feb 13, 2019
The Explorations Blog with Nancy Griesemer

Senioritis” – avoid it at all costs
Tribune News Service – Feb 20, 2019
College Admissions Strategies with Lee Bierer 

How to Appeal a Financial Aid Letter
Post – Jan 17, 2019
The College Solution Blog with Lynn O’Shaughnessy


As high schoolers await college acceptance letters, one counselor has some advice
Boston Globe – Feb 19, 2019
College acceptance season will soon be in full flower. And seniors everywhere are on edge.

What High School Counselors Know of Community Colleges
Inside Higher Ed – Feb 14, 2019
High school counselors feel confident in their ability to tell their students about the application and enrollment process at community colleges. 

School counselors overworked; Creating void in mental health resources
KEPR 19 – Feb 18, 2019
PASCO, Wash. — Last week marked one year since the school shooting in Parkland. Florida that killed 17 people. 2018 was a record year for gun violence


Head off the blues when your teen heads to college
Medical Xpress – Feb 20, 2019
As excited as you are that your teen’s going to college, it’s normal to have mixed emotions, such as anxiety, sadness and possibly depression. It’s even normal to feel envious that his or her life is just beginning while yours is on the wane.

Dear Therapist: I’m Worried the College-Admissions Process Is Rigged Against My Son
The Atlantic – Feb 18, 2019
He has grades and test scores that I think should qualify him for the Ivy League—but he’s also white and upper-middle-class.

Does helicopter parenting give kids smoother ride to success?
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)-Feb 15, 2019
I sometimes wonder whether I owe an apology to my older kids for being too hands-off or to my younger children for being too hands-on

Why You Shouldn’t Panic About Your College Savings Portfolio
Forbes – Feb 15, 2019
That’s the fear of millions of parents. For most college savers, they are likely saving in 529 plans. These state-offered programs allow for tax-free savings

OPINION: Advice for parents when selecting pre-college summer programs
Austin American-Statesman – Feb 17, 2019
Parents agree, college is highly expensive and much more competitive than it ever has been. Times have changed and the whole process of search and selection has become quite complicated.  


What parents and students should know about fraternities
CBS News – Feb 19, 2019
A new book gives a rare, up-close look at fraternity life in America. Author Alexandra Robbins interviewed hundreds of fraternity brothers and alumni and followed the journeys of two young men for an entire year fo

Admissions Process & Strategy

In College Admissions, Is It Important To Show Your Love?
Forbes – Feb 14, 2019
Dear [favorite college]:. I was broken-hearted when I learned that I had been deferred in the Early Decision round. But I remain steadfast in my love for [favorite .

Opting Out of a Four-Year College
KQED – Feb 15, 2019
For the first time in 15 years, the number of freshman applicants for the UC system dropped. YR Media’s Chris Weldon explains why he’s not applying for a four-year college.

How To Get Into Top Colleges: Create Your Student Brand
Forbes – Feb 15, 2019
Introduction. Last year’s admissions cycle produced the lowest acceptance rates in history at Ivy League schools and at most other elite colleges in the nation.

Career & Technical Education

These Alternatives To Four-Year College Aren’t What You Think
Forbes – Feb 20, 2019
Skills training beyond high school is important for most people, but the four-year college model does not work for everyone. While a traditional college education serves some people quite well

Ed-Tech key to early career readiness
VVdailypress.com – Feb 15, 2019
As employers are scrambling to find candidates with the skills they need to fill jobs that didn’t even exist five years ago, it is clear that career technical education

College or vocational school -which is right for you?
KOKH FOX25- Feb 20, 2019
College graduates in Oklahoma, on average, are carrying nearly $26,000 in student loan debt and recent research shows those young employees may be making less money than some high school graduates,

Career and technical education building framework for future
DailyTrib.com – Feb 19, 2019
When Marble Falls High School junior Cole Schmidt and his classmates tackle projects for their construction trades class, they aren’t just building something for a grade; they’re building the framework for a well-paid and fulfilling career after high school or college.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Why are tribal college students slow to ask for financial aid?
The Hechinger Report-Feb 15, 2019
Hundreds of students at tribal colleges and universities who need financial aid are waiting until the last minute to ask for it, according to report released this week 

FAFSA updates to ease verification process for students, families
Columbia Chronicle – Feb 18, 2019
Changes to the FAFSA application process are helping to remove some of the burden associated with verifying documents for students and families. 

Why it’s important to seek college scholarships
The Philadelphia Tribune – Feb 19, 2019
While paying for college can be a challenge, for many students, thousands of dollars … Over-award policies can typically be found on any college’s financial aid 

 How to Get More Money for College
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education – Feb 19, 2019
As a journalist who has covered college admission for many years, I’ve seen firsthand how students and families struggle to make sense of the financial aid 

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Teen Health

Teen dating violence: Here are red flags to watch out for as a parent, friend, family member
KSAT San Antonio-Feb 13, 2019
SAN ANTONIO – People of all ages will be celebrating Valentines Day on Thursday. However, relationships aren’t always chocolates and roses, an important reminder for teenagers

Teen Pot Use Fell in States That Legalized Medical Marijuana: Study
U.S. News & World Report – Feb 14, 2019
 Marijuana legalization has been sweeping across the United States, raising concerns that more teens will start toking as pot smoking gains in legitimacy


6 SAT Math Problem Solving and Data Analysis Concepts to Master
US News & World Report – Feb 14, 2019
The SAT Math Problem Solving and Data Analysis subsection is a significant area of focus on the college entrance exam. In fact, it accounts for 17 of 58 questions, or 29% of SAT Math. Given this subsection’s importance to an individual student’s score, it is critical to master its key concepts.

What’s a Good SAT Score?
US News & World Report – Feb 15, 2019
When it comes to determining a good SAT score for college applications, the answer depends on a student’s ambitions.


Students with special needs get a boost with college academics
WBFO.org – Feb 15, 2019 (LISTEN)
Students with special needs are receiving a boost as they seek higher education or a post-secondary program. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the program is called Accessible Academics.

‘Transition fair’ planned for students with disabilities.
Gaffney Ledger-Feb 18, 2019
The Cherokee County School District will hold its annual transition fair March 12 to help students with disabilities gain work experience and prepare for life after high school. 

Gap Year

Gap Years and Other Ideas For Teens Unsure About College
TeenLife Blog – Feb 19, 2019
Not every student is excited about going to college. Sometimes they need a little push; and sometimes college just isn’t in their headlights

College Visits

College Tours
The Almanac Online (blog)-Feb 18, 2019
With spring break college tour planning underway, parents and students, here are some questions commonly addressed during college tours and informational sessions. This list is an oldie but a goodie. If you have recently visited colleges and have additional advice to offer, please leave a comment.