High School Counselor Week

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


January 10, 2019

Big Picture

A New Year In College Admission
Forbes – Jan 1, 2019

My family had a New Year’s tradition that was different than most, one that often led to tears and retribution between me and my brothers. At breakfast on January 1st every year,

A Simple Proposal to Revive the American Dream
The Atlantic – Jan 6, 2019
During the industrial age, when high school was the gateway to the American dream, public-school systems covered the costs of earning a diploma.

DeVos moves to boost college online learning while reducing regulatory oversight
Washington Post – Jan 7, 2019
The U.S. Education Department issued proposals Monday that could extend federal student aid dollars to a wider variety of higher-education providers

Skipping Free College and Federal Loans
Inside Higher Ed-Jan 3, 2019
Some California community colleges are turning down state money for free tuition to avoid participating in the federal loan program.

The link between alumni donations and college rankings
MarketWatch – Jan 9, 2019
Among the crush of solicitations from nonprofits we’ve come to expect in our inboxes during the holiday season, one stood out in particular to Rachel Fishman this year.

Columns and Blogs

Safe Schools Report and School Counselors—What’s Next?
Post – Jan 9, 2019

Counselors’ Corner with Patrick O’Connor Ph.D 

Where to apply: Advice for ‘Ivy Ivy’ and ‘Larry Local’
Tribune News Service – Jan 9, 2019
College Admissions Strategies with Lee Bierer

Admissions office advice to deferred students
Post – Jan 9, 2019
The Explorations Blog with Nancy Griesemer 

Looking Beyond Ivy League Hype
Post – Jan 9, 2019
The College Solution Blog with Lynn O’Shaughnessy


School counselors reflect on their experience following student deaths
Science Daily – Jan 9, 2019
When five school counselors who were part of a counseling team were interviewed to learn how they professionally and personally experienced the deaths of multiple students in one year in their school while attending to the needs of the school community, several themes

My View: Guidance counselors are unsung heroes
Freeport Journal Standard-Jan 2, 2019
Sometimes the only thing a troubled teenager needs is an encouraging word and an adult who is willing to listen. Being a teenager has never been easy, but today young people face new pressures.


How Much Do Mom’s and Dad’s Educations Affect Students’ College Trajectory?
Education Week (blog)-Dec 21, 2018
Young people’s educational trajectory has become less tied to how far their parents went in school, according to a new study released by the National Bureau of Economic Research,

6 Ways to Be an Effective Parent in 2019
New York Times – Dec 25, 2018
Following are some popular articles from the past year packed with advice that may help parents in the year ahead.


This scholarship program gives students more than money
PBS Newshour – Jan 8, 2019
The success of college scholarship recipients across the country varies widely. A program in Minnesota boasts a four-year graduation rate one and a half times better than the national average

Admissions Process & Strategy

How to Determine the Number of AP Classes to Take
US News & World Report – Jan 3, 2019
Advanced Placement classes can set applicants apart in a competitive college admissions environment, demonstrating the ability to perform well on more challenging coursework.

How Many Colleges Should I Apply to, by Cost of Application?
NerdWallet (blog)-Jan 2, 2019
You can apply to as many colleges as you want to, but five to eight schools is recommended, according to The College Board, the higher education not-for-profit that administers the SAT.

Career & Technical Education

College Is Only One Option for Kids
Education Week (blog) – Dec 25, 2018
Since the corporate/political class doesn’t trust principals to ferret out all of the “bad” teachers and send them off to alternate careers, schools are required to hire independent observers as a check on what is seen as cronyism between teachers and administrators.

Apprenticeship Pact Moves the US-Swiss Partnership Forward
Daily Signal – Dec 20, 2018
The United States and Switzerland on Dec. 8 launched a new, pragmatic partnership by signing a memorandum of understanding on apprenticeships.

Don’t Make College the One Path to a Career
Wall Street Journal – Jan 7, 2019 Letter
Virginia Foxx hits the right chord in asking Americans to “Stop Calling It ‘Vocational Training,’” (op-ed, Jan. 2). I suggest that programs to help people prepare for careers. 

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Some college students could see financial aid disruptions during government shutdown
WRVO.org – Jan 9, 2019 (LISTEN)
The partial government shutdown could be having an impact on some students who get federal financial aid. Every day, Sharon Halpin, director of financial aid at Le Moyne College in Syracuse

College Completion Grants: The Financial Aid Every College Should Offer
Forbes – Jan 1, 2019
College-bound high school seniors of America: You are about to embark on one of the most formative periods of your life, full of new friendships, personal growth and overcaffeinated conversations on the nature of humanity.

6 Signs You’re Thinking About College Funding the Wrong Way
Motley Fool – Dec 22, 2018
A higher education can cost a small fortune, even in-state at a publicly funded school. If you’re worried about helping your kids get through college or are trying to plan your own education affordably, you’re not alone.

Need financial aid for college? Time is running out
Chron.com – Jan 2, 2019
With a new year on the horizon, many high school seniors are shifting their focus toward their college destinations, including filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.


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Teen Health

Detecting depression: Phone apps could monitor teen angst
Associated Press – Jan 3, 2019
Rising suicide rates and depression in U.S. teens and young adults have prompted researchers to ask a provocative question: 

What parents need to know about their daughters and social media
WTVR.com – Jan 4, 2019
NEW YORK — Though social media can be a helpful tool for teenagers to learn and connect with friends, experts have long warned that too much Snapchatting or Instagramming can come with downsides.

Millions of teens are vaping every day. Here’s what they have to say about the growing trend.
USA Today – Dec 20, 2018
In 2017, nearly 8 percent of high school students said they had smoked a cigarette in the past month. 


3 Goals for ACT, SAT Test-Takers in the New Year
US News & World Report  – Jan 7, 2019
Early January is an ideal time for introspection and changes that will lead to self-improvement. As such, students planning to take the ACT or SAT should take this time to meditate on their test prep goals for 2019 

2 Literary Devices to Master Before You Take the ACT
US News & World Report  – Dec 31, 2018
Before sitting for the ACT, it is important to gain an understanding of common literary devices. Here are two that students may be less familiar with, but that they should still study before their ACT test date. 

Discover How to Align ACT, SAT Prep to Your Learning Style
US News & World Report  – Dec 24, 2018

College Board invalidates student’s SAT after she retakes test and improves scores
The Hill (blog)-Jan 4, 2019
The College Board invalidated a Florida high school student’s SAT results after she retook the exam to improve her score by 330 points. 


My Son With Asperger’s Went to College and Has a Career, So Please Know It’s Possible
POPSUGAR-Dec 28, 2018
Our son, Parker, graduated from college in May 2018, and I can honestly say that at one point, I never thought he would make it through grade school. 


Early admissions gets a second, and sometimes third, round
MarketPlace.org – Jan 7, 2019 (LISTEN)
This fall saw college applications go out, and for some lucky students, early admissions letters came in. If students accept, the contracts are binding. The rest of the applicants?

Early applications surge at prestigious colleges. So does early heartache.
Washington Post – Jan 5, 2018
Kate and Henry Sosland, twins from the District, were eager for a head start in the race to get into their top-choice colleges.

Early college admissions by the numbers
Washington Post – Jan 5, 2018
For many colleges, early applications are becoming the new normal. At the University of Virginia, most applications arrive by Nov. 1 for the first round of freshman admissions.