High School Counselor Week

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


May 14, 2020

Big Picture

What Is College Without the Campus?
New York Magazine – May 11, 2020
This crisis will reshape higher education — and not just this fall.

Let’s return sanity to college admissions. Coronavirus pandemic gives us an opportunity.
USA Today – May 11, 2020
For all the ways that the pandemic has upended educational institutions, this crisis may in its own twisted way end up fixing something many know is broken: the college admissions process. We’re already seeing the beginning of a transformation in how colleges evaluate an applicant’s most important stage…

Why high school juniors could be big losers in the coronavirus pandemic
Business Insider – May 9, 2020
With many current seniors looking to defer college admission for a year, there may be less spots available for the class of 2021.

Columns and Blogs

Budget Cuts Are Back. Here’s What to Do.
Post – May 13, 2020
Counselors’ Corner with Patrick O’Connor Ph.D.

Great graduation gift ideas – creative ways to say congrats to your grad
Tribune News Service – May 13, 2020
College Admissions Strategies with Lee Bierer 

Extracurricular tips for college admissions during a pandemic
Post – May 2020
The College Solution Blog with Lynn O’Shaughnessy 


Counselors Make a Difference
Inside Higher Ed – May 11, 2020
They have an impact on high school graduation and college enrollment, study finds.

Decades old student counseling benchmark has no research basis
Hechinger Report – May 11, 2020
According to Nicola’s research, the oft-cited number comes from just one 1959 book and it’s not based on any quantitative analysis or experiments to show that students are better off when counselor caseloads approach or fall below 250 students.

Free statewide college advising hotline launches to help students during pandemic
Cadillac News (MI) – May 12, 2020
The Michigan College Access Network and its partners launched a statewide college advising hotline recently to answer questions high school students have about attending college. Other states have reached out to MCAN to learn more about it and are considering doing something similar.


Coronavirus Delayed College Plans? Here Are Some Tips…
LATF USA – May 11, 2020
By now, almost every summer program has been canceled. For your High Schooler, the panic has set in. ‘What am I going to do to help me stand out and get into college?’

Answering Your Questions About College Admissions And The Fall Term
KCBS Radio (CA) (LISTEN) – May 11, 2020
Today we’re looking at college admissions and what’s going to happen with higher education in the next school year and beyond with a college admissions consultant based in Palo Alto. [Transcript provided]


Guidance Counselor Shares Advice for Future College Students and Parents Amid Pandemic
NBC 10 Philadelphia (PA) – May 11, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic and shutdowns have led to uncertainty for future college students and their parents. NBC10’s Tim Furlong has advice from guidance counselors and a look at how one college is planning for the fall.

Admissions Process & Strategy

Colleges acceptance rates may go higher as schools start aggressively courting applicants
CNBC – May 12, 2020
More than ever, the nation’s colleges want you to enroll — even if you can’t set foot on campus. That means accepting more students for the Class of 2024 than in recent years.

“We Get It!”: College Admission Deans Speak Out
Forbes – May 12, 2020
This three-part series has been highlighting messages from college admission leaders about how they are responding to these challenges and the ways they expect that this disruption will affect applicants to their schools. In part one, they…

How to choose a college during the coronavirus crisis
FOX-10 Phoenix (AZ) – May 12, 2020
Instead of going with the gut feeling you get when you walk around the grounds, students must rely more heavily on three other critical factors when choosing which college to attend.

10 Things to Know About Selecting a College Major
Yahoo! Finance – May 12, 2020
As major life decisions go, choosing what to study in college isn’t to be taken lightly. Prospective students should be aware of how majors will position them for their desired industry and how earnings may vary by field over the course of a career. Read on for expert advice…

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Late-Deadline Scholarships Still Open to Applicants
U.S. News & World Report – May 13, 2020
In addition to late-deadline scholarships still available to prospective and current college students, many organizations have extended their typical spring deadlines to the early summer months as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

These are the new federal student loan interest rates for 2020
CNBC Make It – May 13, 2020
n the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, students borrowing for college will benefit from some of the lowest interest rates on record for federal student loans this upcoming school year.

FAFSA renewals down year-over-year, adding more uncertainty for fall
Education Dive – May 12, 2020
The trend is troubling because it suggests more students than usual are uncertain about their ability to return to college in the fall

Career & Technical Education

8 Ways the Crisis Will Forever Change the Future Workforce
Entrepreneur – May 12, 2020
The global health crisis will alter how Generation Z approaches work, views employers and pursues education.

Reimagining Career Education
Inside Higher Ed – May 12, 2020
The Education Department plans to distribute more than $120 million in grants for short-term programs. Which pathways should that money fund?


AP Testing to Begin, Amid Controversies
Inside Higher Ed – May 11, 2020
New, shorter tests will be given at the same time all over the world.

As AP exams begin online, Texas school district checking social media and discussion groups for cheating
ABC 13 (TX) – May 12, 2020
We may post content designed to confuse and deter those who attempt to cheat,’ the LISD news release said. ‘Attempts to cheat will be detected immediately during testing or will be identified…

AP Exams And Colleges Go Online, Cheating Follows
Forbes – May 11, 2020
Faculty report that they believe cheating occurs much less frequently than students believe.’ The students are right.

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Teen Health

What Happens To Kids When Every Year Is A Gap Year?
Forbes – May 12, 2020
For those without any reliable source of stability, the risks from the pandemic are much more ominous. For them, it’s another threat to their survival, one more setback in lives often defined by one gap year after another.

Student anxiety, depression increasing during school closures, survey finds
EdSource – May 13, 2020
More than half of students surveyed said they need mental health services since schools closed.