High School Counselor Week

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


February 28, 2019

Big Picture

Most Americans don’t realize state funding for higher ed fell by billions
PBS News Hour – Feb 26, 2019

At a time when so many employers are struggling to find workers who have university degrees, Tyler Duffield thinks supporting higher education is as obvious an obligation of state government as it is essential.

Most Americans say colleges should not consider race or ethnicity in admissions
Pew Research Center – Feb 25, 2019
As the debate over college admissions policies reignites, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that most Americans (73%) say colleges and universities should not consider race or ethnicity when making decisions about student admissions

Pushing for Radical Change in Admissions
Inside Higher Ed – Feb 25, 2019
Senators urged to end financial aid at colleges that use legacy preferences and early decision and to ban research grants to universities that do not use a lottery

 Is This Higher Education’s Golden Age, Gilded Age, Or Beginning Of A Gentle Decline?
Forbes – Feb 25, 2019
In a recent issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education and in a new book, Steven Brint argues that higher education has entered a “golden age.”

Columns and Blogs

The Hard Part of Counselor Advocacy
Post – Feb 27, 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

I know it’s winter, but it’s time to think about summer…
Tribune News Service – Feb 26, 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


Rethinking and Rebranding School Counseling in Randolph Schools
TAPinto.net – Feb 25, 2019
RANDOLPH, NJ- Following the recent celebration of National School Counseling Week, the Board of Education welcomed Charles Dimiceli, Director of School

Funding for school counselors is investment in state’s future
Arizona Capitol Times-Feb 21, 2019
Ensuring that all students have access to a knowledgeable school counselor will be a powerful step toward increasing college access and toward reaching our 

STUDENT VOICE: ‘College was just another foreign word. Then it became a dream for every student in my school’
Hechinger Report – Feb 25, 2019
For first-generation students, the dream of going to college is fraught. It’s hard just to get there. The average school-counselor-to-student ratio in the country is 484 to 1, and this lack of support hinders students as they attempt to continue their studies beyond high school.


Don’t Take Out College Loans For Your Child If You Plan To Retire Soon
HuffPost-Feb 25, 2019
Many retirement experts tell parents, especially older ones approaching retirement, don’t go into debt for a child’s college education if that means sacrificing 

Parents Not Filing Taxes Jeopardize Children’s College Financial Aid
KVEO-TV-Feb 20, 2019
Abraham Diaz, “The parents income tax is always required as proof of income. Some parents because they work on their own, because they have no documents 


How to go to college for free
MarketWatch – Feb 27, 2019
Free college. It’s a reality in several nations around the world, but in the U.S. it’s a political minefield. Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others have made tuition-free college a big part of their platforms, but what would it actually take to make that dream a reality?


How to Weigh Your College Options
TeenLife Blog – Feb 25, 2019
It’s that time of year. College admissions offices have been sending out offers of admission along with financial aid award packages. The long wait is over and it’s time to make a decision.

College: Decisions, decisions, decisions
Independent Tribune – Feb 26, 2019
Congratulations are in the air as seniors all over the world are getting acceptance letters for college! It’s that time of year again when high school seniors make a decision that will determine the next four years of their lives.

Admissions Process & Strategy

5 Things Nobody Tells You About Attending An Out-Of-State College
Study Breaks – Feb 26, 2019
When I was applying to colleges, I saw each application as a one-way ticket to freedom. By senior year, I felt sick of my hometown and was itching for independence.

College Costs More Than Ever, But Can You Afford To Skip It? Consider These 5 Things
KMUW.org – Feb 21, 2019
Life is expensive. Rent, health care, raising a family, saving for retirement — it adds up. But so does college debt. In fact, the cost of college shot up many times faster than typical U.S. earnings in recent decades.

Unwrapping the Gift of Gratitude: How High School Seniors can Show Gratitude in the College Process
ACCIS Admitall Blog – Feb 22, 2019
A quick Google search of the word “gratitude” will give you countless results ranging from blog posts to TED Talks to scientific articles. It’s a popular topic in many fields, including education, and the importance of expressing gratitude has been discussed at length

College-ready high schoolers need more early pathway options
Education Dive-Feb 25, 2019
With the rising cost of college, gaining as many credits as possible in high school is a smart way to cut down on higher education expenses and debt. AP classes

Career & Technical Education

DeVos learns about career, technical training at Northern Va. school during visit
Washington Post – Feb 26, 2019
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited a Northern Virginia school with high-caliber science, technology, engineering and math programs Tuesday to learn about how the school is advancing vocational training

2 Years Was the Path For Me in CTE
U.S. Department of Education (press release) (blog)
There are many young adults who find it very difficult to identify their career passion and explore how to turn that passion into a successful career. That was me, until I discovered my high school’s Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) program

Tough on trade (schools)
Dailyuw-Feb 21, 2019
When Aidan, who requested his last name be omitted, graduated from north Seattle’s Roosevelt High School in 2016, he knew almost nothing about vocational schooling.

Another state weighing CTE diploma pathway
Education Dive-Feb 21, 2019
Another state weighing CTE diploma pathway … on a career and technical education (CTE) pathway beginning in the 2019-20 academic year, Fox 13 reports.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

5 things to know about college financial aid award letters
Mountain News – Feb 26, 2019
(BPT) – High school students across the country will soon be eagerly awaiting financial aid award letters from colleges. For many aspiring college students

These Are the 10 Best Colleges for Merit Aid, With an Average Grant of $22,000 a Year 
MONEY Magazine – Feb 26, 2019
Your chances of scoring scholarship money for college are probably higher than you think—if you apply to the right schools.

Beyond Student Loans: Real Alternatives To Help You Pay For College
Forbes – Feb 25, 2019
Parents and students around the country are starting to think about how they will be paying for college in the fall. It can be scary to think about – the bill for your first semester at college may be one of the largest bills you’ve ever seen.


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Teen Health

Few Teens Meet Sleep, Screen, Exercise Guidelines
WebMD – Feb 22, 2019
Kathy Ferony has four sons between the ages of 12 and 19. Between recess and the fact that they’re all avid baseball players, she feels good about the exercise they’re getting. And even though they’re night owls

Colleges Expand Their Reach to Address Mental Health Issues
New York Times – Feb 21, 2019
Colleges are struggling to keep up with an increase in requests for mental health counseling. Many have hired additional staff members and are experimenting

Supporting Educational Freedom Is One Way To Show We Care About Mental Health And Teen Suicide
Forbes – Feb 25, 2019
In the first study of its kind, we have new and groundbreaking information at the state level and individual student level about the impact of educational freedom—or school choice—on student mental health and suicide rates.


ACT vs. SAT: How to Decide Which Test to Take
US News & World Report – Feb 25 2019
When it comes to the ACT vs. the SAT, both exams are universally accepted by U.S. colleges, which often prompts students to ask: Which test should I take?

How to Develop a New Prep Plan After Switching Between the ACT, SAT
US News & World Report – Feb 25, 2019
For a variety of reasons, some high school students may find themselves in the position of having to switch from one standardized test to the other. This need to change assessments undoubtedly calls for adjustments to a student’s study plan

How Long the SAT Is and How to Manage That Time
US News & World Report – Feb 22, 2019

The SAT Makes Surprise Appearance in Michael Cohen/Trump Hearing
EdWeek – Feb 27, 2019


Parents, it’s okay to label kids with special needs. It may even be good for them.
Washington Post – Feb 25, 2019
It’s not uncommon for a parent seeking a disability diagnosis for their child to hear someone say: “When you were growing up, we weren’t so quick to label every kid.

Gap Year

Question of the week: If you took a year off before college, what would you do?
Daily American – Feb 26, 2019
Generally people take a gap year, a year off from furthering their education between high school and college, to find out what they want to do with their future. If I were to take a gap year, I would use that year to build experiences which would help me in obtaining a career after college