High School Counselor Week

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


March 21, 2019

Big Picture

Bribing Their Way Into College
New York Times Daily Podcast- Mar 14, 2019 (LISTEN)
When a federal prosecutor revealed a $25 million scheme to seek an edge in college admissions for the children of celebrities, executives and other rich parents, he declared

Elite Colleges Constantly Tell Low-Income Students That They Do Not Belong
The Atlantic – Mar 19, 2019
Unwritten rules underlie all of elite-university life—and students who don’t come from a wealthy background have a hard time navigating them.

College Admissions: Vulnerable, Exploitable, and to Many Americans, Broken
New York Times – Mar 15, 2019
Standardized test scores are manufactured. Transcripts are made up. High-stakes admissions decisions are issued based on fabricated extracurricular activities, ghostwritten personal essays and the size of the check written by the parents of the applicant

Admissions Scandal Misses The Point That Many Students Can’t Afford College (Even If They Get In)
Forbes – Mar 14, 2019
While the wealthy are spending tens of thousands of dollars making sure their children are accepted to the elite university of their choice, millions of college students are at risk of dropping out because they cant afford $300 for books.

Will the college admissions scandal make the process more transparent?
Marketplace.org .org – Mar 14, 2019 (LISTEN)
Anxiety about getting into college has perhaps never been greater, and the college admissions scandal uncovered this week highlights just how unclear the admissions process is

Columns and Blogs

The College Counselor Who Left His Own Children Alone
Post – Mar 20, 2019
Counselors’ Corner with Patrick O’Connor Ph.D

Pros of taking a year off
Tribune News Service – Mar 19, 2019
College Admissions Strategies with Lee Bierer 

College Admission Scandal: Symptom of a Larger Problem
Post – Mar 20, 2019
The College Solution Blog with Lynn O’Shaughnessy

Colleges still accepting applications for fall 2019
Post – Mar 20, 2019
The Explorations Blog with Nancy Griesemer


Why school counselors who help kids get into college werent at all surprised by the admissions scandal
Washington Post – Mar 14, 2019
Some people were surprised by the massive college admissions scandal that exploded this week when dozens of wealthy people

College counselors: Wealthy parents regularly ask about illegal ways to get their kids into college
MarketWatch – Mar 15, 2019
When law enforcement officials announced Tuesday that theyd charged about 50 parents, counselors, standardized test score administrators and college coaches in what they described

Learning With: Inside the Pricey, Totally Legal World of College Consultants
New York Times – Mar 15, 2019
On Tuesday, federal prosecutors charged 50 people in a brazen scheme to buy spots in the freshman classes at Yale, Stanford and other big-name universities in what they called the

The college admissions bribery bust started with a tip
The Boston Globe – Mar 15, 2019
The private college advising industry is largely unregulated, with no requirements for licensure or credentialing.

Changing role of school counselors
Lima Ohio – Mar 16, 2019
LIMA – It wasn’t that long ago when the job of a guidance counselor consisted mainly of preparing students for what they would be doing after high school.


How Not to Be a Snowplow Parent
New York Times-Mar 19, 2019
The college bribery scandal raises the concern that overprotected young children are ill-equipped to face challenges. Here’s advice for raising a self-sufficient child.

After College Admissions Scam, Some Parents Feel ‘Betrayed’ And Worried About Fairness
WBUR.org  – Mar 14, 2019 (LISTEN)
A massive college admissions cheating and recruitment scheme has led to a nation-wide conversation about equity in college admissions.

Parent: I’m ticked off by the college admissions scandal – and all parents should be
USA Today  – Mar 14, 2019
Gimme a break. Wait, no, thats not right — no one from that show was implicated in the enormous college-admission scandal.

Helicopter Parents? More Like Lawnmower Parents, Says College President (OPINION)
Newsweek – Mar 14, 2019
Well-heeled parents have been begging and borrowing to get their children into elite colleges for decades. Admission to a “top” school has become a status symbol like owning a fancy car, a yacht or a second home

How college admissions cheating scheme was pitched to parents
Fox News – Mar 14, 2019


How high school students feel about college admissions scandal
PBS NewsHour – Mar 19, 2019
Outrage has swirled since federal prosecutors charged 50 people, including CEOs and high-profile celebrities, in an intricate scheme to secure college admission for their children through extensive cheating and bribery


Why getting better about being rejected can help you succeed in life
NBC News – Mar 20, 2019
Getting the thin instead of thick envelope from the college admissions office. Picked last for the kickball team. Being told, “let’s just be friends.”

How to Cope with College Rejections
TAPinto.net – Mar 14, 2019
It is that time of year when students are receiving either their acceptance or rejection letters from colleges. Every senior student that I have seen thus far is extremely stressed awaiting the news.

Admissions Process & Strategy

10 tips for getting accepted into college if you don’t have wealthy parents
MarketWatch-Mar 14, 2019
The college admissions scandal has exposed the extreme lengths some wealthy families will go to secure a spot for their child at their dream college.

I got into 39 colleges without cheating: What applying to schools looks like in 2019
USA Today  – Mar 15, 2019

Jordan Nixon has received 39 college acceptance letters so far, all without celebrity parents or $500,000 bribes. It just took years of planning, a private college adviser, 50-plus applications and the unwavering support of family.

Pulling Back the Curtain on College Admissions
New Hampshire Public Radio – Mar 18, 2019
50 high-profile cases of college admissions fraud made public by the FBI last week have ignited a national conversation on college admission and wealth. The recent story is unique but the theme is not:

Career & Technical Education

Calls to increase funding for vocational schools
Lowell Sun – Mar 19, 2019
BOSTON — Lawmakers, a former top Baker administration official and city manager, and a one-time lieutenant governor joined advocates Monday to call for an increase in funding for vocational-technical education and passage of a bill

VoTech Enrollment Booms in Massachusetts as Reputation Grows
Government Technology-Mar 18, 2019
Regional vo-tech schools have more applicants than they can handle as the state’s booming manufacturing and information tech sectors continue to expand, drawing more students to what was once a declining

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Do’s and don’ts in appealing the student aid awarded to your college-bound child
Washington Post – Mar 19, 2019
In contrast to the reports that superwealthy parents have paid six-figure bribes to get their children into the best universities, many families struggle to find the cash to pay for their children’s education.

How to negotiate for more college financial aid
CNBC – Mar 17, 2019 (VIDEO)
For every parent like Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin who tried to buy their kid’s way into college, there are a slew of others who can barely afford it

Do Students Have to Pay Back Financial Aid?
US News & World Report – Mar 18, 2019
WHEN IT COMES TO PAYING for college, families have many financial aid options. But they should keep in mind that the type of aid received will determine whether it needs to be paid back.

Many Needy Students File Federal Financial Aid Form Too Late, Analysis Finds
Wall Street Journal- Mar 15, 2019
New analysis shows high-income students file Fafsa forms early, while low-income and independent students miss deadlines for state and school aid

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Teen Health

A Rise In Depression Among Teens And Young Adults Could Be Linked To Social Media Use
NPR.org – Mar 14, 2019
A study published Thursday in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology finds the percentage of U.S. teens and young adults reporting mental distress, depression and suicidal thoughts and actions has risen significantly 

Do Social Media Hurt Mental Health of US Young?
WebMD – Mar 14, 2019
Young Americans may be more vulnerable to depression, distress and suicidal thoughts or attempts than their parents’ generation, and social media might be fueling that troubling trend.


Is it finally time to get rid of the SAT and ACT college admissions tests?
Washington Post-Mar 19, 2019
Is it finally time for colleges and universities to stop requiring applicants to take the SAT and ACT college admissions exams?


Why The College Admissions Scandal Hurts Students With Disabilities
NPR.org – Mar 14, 2019
Students with disabilities and disability rights advocates are among those angry  and feeling victimized  after the arrests in the college admissions and bribery scandal Tuesday.

Students With Disabilities Call College Admissions Cheating ”Big Slap In The Face”
Kaiser Health Network – Mar 14, 2019
For Savannah Treviño-Casias, this weeks news about the college admissions cheating scandal was galling, considering how much red tape the Arizona State University senior went through to get disability accommodations when she took the SAT.

How the admissions scandal could hurt students with learning disabilities
PBS Newshour – Mar 14, 2019
One part of the scandal that has rocked the world of college admissions this week is the alleged faking of learning disabilities.

‘A gut punch’: How the college admissions scandal hurt families with disabled students
USA Today – Mar 16, 2019
When Veronica Soliz’s son took the SAT, he was granted an hour and a half of extra time for the entire test through a disability accommodation.

College Visits

Virtual Reality ‘Visits’ to U.S. Schools, Colleges to be Part of Recruiting Foreign Students
Education Week-Mar 18, 2019
Schools that want to attract tuition-paying foreign students have a new tool at their disposal: creating a virtual reality tour.

Student Athletes

What We Know About The Weight Recruited Athletes Are Given In College Admissions
WBUR.org – Mar 15, 2019
The federal charges alleging bribery and cheating in order to secure a seat at elite colleges has drawn attention  and criticism  to the often opaque college admissions process, particularly when it comes to recruited athletes.