High School Counselor Week

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


January 17, 2019

Big Picture

The ‘Moneyball’ solution for higher education
Politico – Jan 16, 2019

It’s a lot easier to start college than to finish. Can ‘big data’ help?

10 years later, goal of getting more Americans through college is way behind schedule
Hechinger Report – Jan 14, 2019
Budget cuts, high tuition, public disillusion have slowed progress while employers struggle to find skilled workers

Community-College Students Succeed at Elite Schools—When They’re Admitted
The Atlantic – Jan 15, 2019
There’s a perception, flawed as it may be, that college admissions are a zero-sum game. One student gets in, another loses out.

Applying to college amid the Harvard admissions lawsuit
MarketPlace.org – Jan 10, 2019 (LISTEN)
High school seniors across the country have just wrapped up their college applications, and are undoubtedly anxious for decision time this spring.

To Get To College, It Helps Black Students To Have A Black Teacher Early On
NPR.org – Jan 11, 2019
Public education has a persistent and well-documented issue: the achievement gap between white students and students of color.

Columns and Blogs

5 Admissions Questions to Ask on a College Tour
Post – Jan 16, 2019

Counselors’ Corner with Patrick O’Connor Ph.D 

Athletic recruitment timeline
Tribune News Service – Jan 16, 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


Global guidance: the evolution of college counselling
The PIE News – Jan 11, 2019
In its 2017 state of college admissions summary, the National Association for College Admissions Counselling revealed that 49 per cent of US private schools

Science: College counselors mirror on their expertise following scholar deaths [Report]
Infosurhoy – Jan 10, 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


How to fund college if you didn’t save enough
Observer-Reporter-Jan 13, 2019
If college tuition bills are looming and you don’t have nearly enough saved, you have plenty of company. But you also have options for making it more affordable.

It Is What It Is: My kids are home from college on break and I don’t want them to leave
Augusta Chronicle – Jan 14, 2019
There. I said it. And I’m not sorry. I don’t want my kids to go back to college because I love having them around. Although I know that based on most conversations I’ve had with friends and all the parenting articles…


Program could change the way college students pay tuition
CBS News  – Jan 14, 2019
Make School has partnered with Dominican University to create an accredited coding program. The students don’t pay tuition until they are earning at least a $60,000 salary.

Admissions Process & Strategy

Ethical College Admissions: Does It Matter Where You Go to College?
Inside Higher Ed – Jan 14, 2019
“Does It Matter Where You Go to College?” asked the title of a recent article in The Atlantic. It’s an “essential question” for those of us who work as college counselors

What Do College Freshmen Struggle With Most?
Forbes – Jan 14, 2019
I work with a ton of freshmen in college and I talk about these adjustment issues with LOTS of them. Moving out of the home and starting college is frequently the most difficult and dramatic life change

Six Terms To Stop Using In College Admissions
Forbes – Jan 11, 2019
It is January again, which means hordes of fresh faces in the gym and long lines for the equipment. While I am happy for their resolve to get fit and eat right, in a month

Career & Technical Education

Should Everyone Go to College?
New York Times – Jan 16, 2019
What do you plan to do after high school? Do you plan to go to college, take a gap year, start a training program, begin working or something else?

Op-ed: Skilled labor shortage amplifies need to boost vocational education
Alton Telegraph-Jan 11, 2019
We’re in the thick of a construction boom — a boom that could be so much more but for a big problem: There are too few skilled laborers to meet construction demand, both locally and across the country.

Is college the only path? Picking the education that’s best for you
Chase News & Stories- Jan 15, 2019
Is college the best choice for you? For generations, high school students like you have been told that a college degree is the route to success and financial security. 

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Education Dept. steps up to help students stymied by financial aid application requirements
Washington Post – Jan 10, 2019
The U.S. Education Department will make it easier for families to provide proof of their income, clearing the way for some of the neediest college students to gain access to federal loans and grants.

The Government Shutdown Is Stalling Financial Aid Applications for American Students
TeenVogue – Jan 16, 2019
“Welcome to the Internal Revenue Service. Live telephone assistance is not available at this time. Normal operations will resume as soon as possible

Your Money: Do not let home equity sink your college aid package
Reuters-Jan 10, 2019
NEW YORK (Reuters) – How U.S. schools calculate financial aid is so confusing that there is an entire industry devoted to unlocking its secrets with books

The government just made applying for student aid easier
CNBC – Jan 11, 2019
Many people who apply for college financial aid are forced to go through an audit-like process in which they must prove that the information they provided is accurate. The Education Department this week announced it was simplifying the verification process.

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Teen Health

Rising Rates of College Mental Health Services Utilization
Psychology Today (blog) – Jan 13, 2019
The first two decades of the 21st century have witnessed a steady rise in rates of mental health problems among college-aged youth. 

More Evidence Pot May Damage the Teen Brain
US News & World Report  – Jan 14, 2019
Smoking just a couple of joints may cause significant changes in a teenager’s brain structure, a new study has found.

Many Teens, Young Adults Don’t Get Private Time With Doctors.
US News & World Report – Jan 14, 2019
Having confidential talks with a health care provider is important for teens and young adults, but they rarely get the chance to do so, a new study finds.


Standardized tests unfairly favor wealthier students in college admissions
Sacramento Bee – Jan 15, 2019
College admissions officers will once again pass over highly qualified applicants this year simply because they haven’t ranked among the top scorers

Ruling May Make It Easier to Sue Test Makers
Inside Higher Ed- Jan 16, 2019
A New Jersey judge has found that the binding arbitration requirement everyone who takes the ACT must sign is “unconscionable” and may not be enforced in the case of a student suing the testing organization.

Why some colleges don’t rely on SAT or ACT scores
Dayton Daily News – Jan 12, 2019

3 Signs You Should Delay an ACT, SAT Test Date
U.S. News & World Report – Jan 14, 2019
From time to time, ACT and SAT test-takers may find themselves facing an unpleasant decision of whether to sit for a scheduled exam or postpone it. This is a choice that must be evaluated thoroughly and carefully.


The Underlying Gift Of Having ADD Or ADHD
Forbes – Jan 3, 2019
Catholic school nuns had a solution for kids like me who got easily distracted, bored or restless, always needing to move around rather than sit


No College Early Decision? It Will Be OK
TeenLife Blog – Jan 14, 2019
“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” Charles Dickens wasn’t talking about college admissions, but it certainly applies. By late December, the Early Decision answers have come in.

Early college admissions by the numbers
Washington Post –  Jan 14, 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.