High School Counselor Week

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


March 14, 2019

Big Picture

Despite high costs, new poll shows most young adults think a four-year degree is worth it
Hechinger Report – Mar 11, 2019

With the cost of college steadily rising, and student debt continuing to overwhelm millions of borrowers, it would make sense if young adults questioned the value of a bachelor’s degree. 

One Way to Stop College-Admissions Insanity: Admit More Students
The Atlantic – Mar 13, 2019
On Tuesday, dozens of parents—actresses, hedge-fund managers, doctors—were charged by federal prosecutors for their alleged roles in a bribery scheme that cleared the way for students to get into selective colleges

FBI accuses wealthy parents, including celebrities, in college-entrance bribery scheme
Washington Post-Mar 12, 2019
The Justice Department on Tuesday charged 50 people — including two television stars — with being part of a long-running bribery scheme to get privileged children with lackluster grades into big-name colleges

Bribes to Get Into Yale and Stanford? What Else Is New?
New York Times OpEd- Mar 12, 2019
One of the funniest stories I ever heard about the college admissions madness came from an independent consultant who was paid handsomely to guide families through it and increase the odds that Harvard or Yale 

College Completion Rates Are Up, But The Numbers Will Still Surprise You
NPR.org – Mar 13, 2019
Go to college, we tell students. It’s a ticket out of poverty; a place to grow and expand; a gateway to a good job. Or perhaps a better job. But just going to college doesn’t mean you’ll finish.

Columns and Blogs

The Mystery of College Admissions
Post – Mar 13, 2019
Counselors’ Corner with Patrick O’Connor Ph.D

CollegeNET and the Common App agree to settlement
Post – Mar 12, 2019
The Explorations Blog with Nancy Griesemer

Is taking a year off a good idea?
Tribune News Service – Mar 12, 2019
College Admissions Strategies with Lee Bierer 


Why this college counselor has a 100% placement rate
CNBC – Mar 8, 2019
The nation’s high school students are well aware that it’s never been harder to get into a top college.

5 Tips For School Counselors To Recharge And Better Serve Their Students
Forbes – Mar 7, 2019
Growing up in rural Ohio in the neon-tinged Eighties, I stood out. Yup, I was brown and always a few inches shorter than the other kids. I also came from a family where Midwestern pastimes


Most families don’t pay bribes to get their kids into college — but many wealthy parents know other ways
Marketwatch – Mar 12, 2019
Though the alleged tactics described in court documents are unethical, experts say they represent a logical extension of a culture that’s so focused on earning a spot at a top college and will deploy all of their resources 

6 College Savings Tips For Parents Who Are Getting A Late Start
HuffPost – Mar 12, 2019
Life is expensive. And as a parent, sometimes more immediate expenses take priority over long-term goals like saving for college. At some point, however, youll need to beef up that college savings fund

Let’s stop stressing out our kids with career choice pressure | Opinion
The Philiadelphia Inquirer – Mar 11, 2019
Sixteen-year-old Olivia sat in my therapy office riddled with anxiety because she didnt know what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Whats the urgency? I asked. 

Higher Ed: Trust And Communication Can Help ‘Helicopter’ Parents Land Safely
Texas Public Radio – Mar 10, 2019 (LISTEN)
The idea of “helicopter” parenting may not have a formal definition, but we all have a pretty good sense of it when we encounter it: parents who seem to control and hover too closely


How a bombshell bribery scandal illuminates the ‘corruption’ of college admissions
PBS NewsHour – Mar 12, 2019
Scandal has ensnared some of the nation’s top colleges, as prosecutors allege that wealthy parents conspired to help their kids cheat on college admissions tests and funnel bribes to college athletic coaches to secure admission

Admissions Process & Strategy

When to Apply to College
US News & World Report – Mar 13, 2019
College hopefuls must navigate a maze of standardized tests, essays, recommendation letters and deadlines. Among those deadlines: When to apply to college.

What Poor Kids Want Rich Colleges to Know About Their Experiences 
EdSurge – Mar 7, 2019

When Zuri Gordon received several thick envelopes in the mail saying she got into highly-selective colleges, she hoped her family would be thrilled. But thats not how it played out.

4 Tips For Choosing A College Program (And 4 Majors To Consider)
KCUR.org – Mar 8, 2019
Yet with more Americans graduating from college, having a degree is no longer enough to stand out. To make the most of that degree in an economy filled with college grads

Career & Technical Education

The Stigma of Choosing Trade School Over College
The Atlantic – Mar 6, 2019
When college is held up as the one true path to success, parentsespecially highly educated onesmight worry when their children opt for vocational school instead.

Why College Will Soon Be About Credegrees And Co-Ops
Forbes – Mar 11, 2019
Lets start with some simple math. The #1 reason why Americans value higher education is to get a good job.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

How to Decipher a Financial Aid Letter
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance-Mar 7, 2019
Figuring out how much college will cost can be complicated. College websites and promotional materials publish sticker prices, which can easily top $65,000 a year at a private college or $25,000 a year 

How to Get More College Financial Aid: Do’s and Don’ts
ThinkAdvisor – Mar 13, 2019
Between now and May 1, many incoming college freshmen and their families will be grappling with choosing which college to attend, and financial aid could play a crucial role in that decision.

The 10 best colleges for financial aid
CNBC – Mar 8, 2019
When it comes figuring out how they’ll pay for college, many families start by shying away from pricey private schools.

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Teen Health

New concern on college campuses: drunkorexia, a combination drinking and eating disorder
Washington Post – Mar 8, 2019
My college experience included this life-skills lesson: Drink alcohol on a full stomach, so you don’t get inebriated too quickly. Of course, most college students shouldn’t be drinking at all

US health officials move to restrict e-cigarette sales to teens
PBS NewsHour-Mar 13, 2019
WASHINGTON— U.S. health regulators are moving ahead with a plan designed to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of teenagers by restricting sales of most


How to Handle SAT Writing and Language Focus Questions with Ease
US News & World Report – Mar 11, 2019
The SAT Writing and Language Test requires you to think and operate like an editor. On the Expression of Ideas portion of this subtest, you must be able to read efficiently, find mistakes and select the best corrections

SAT Called Off in 3 Countries
Inside Higher Ed- Mar 11, 2019
The College Board last week called off plans to give the SAT on Saturday in Egypt, Morocco and Saudi Arabia.


Students With ADHD
Education Week – Mar 12, 2019
A substantial percentage of students with ADHD symptoms severe enough to affect them both academically and socially are not getting support in school for the disorder, says a study of nearly 2,500 children and youth.

College Cheating Scandal Reveals Alleged Disability Testing Accommodation Scam
The Mighty – Mar 13, 2019
In what is being called the “largest college cheating scam” ever prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice, 50 people allegedly paid large sums of money to get their children accepted into universities 

Gap Year

How a Gap Year Prepares Students for College
US News & Woeld Report – Mar 8, 2019
While many students head directly to college after graduating from high school, a smaller cohort chooses another alternative: a gap year.

College Visits

The things guides never tell you on college tours but should
SFGate – Mar 12, 2019
For most prospective college students, many key questions about daily campus life just don’t get answered in the typical college tour.

Student Athletes

Sports Recruiting Is the Real College Admissions Scam
Slate Magazine-Mar 13, 2019
The blockbuster college admissions bribery scandal that landed on Tuesday came embroidered with some unusually delicious details, including Aunt Becky’s Instagram-famous daughters

Lower-Profile Sports Are at Center of Admissions Cheating Scandal
New York Times- Mar 12, 2019
“In basketball and football, it’s out there in the open, compared to the less financially driven sports,” said Corey Evans, a basketball recruiting analyst at Rivals.

NCSA: Four recruiting tips for parents
USA Today High School Sports-Mar 7, 2019
Imagine the recruiting journey as a play. In this scenario, the student-athlete takes center stage, while parents assume the roles of supporting actors. For the production to truly shine, the supporting actors