High School Counselor Week

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


November 1, 2018

Big Picture

Why Millions of Teens Can’t Finish Their Homework
The Atlantic – Oct 30, 2018
The push toward technology-focused education overlooks the students who lack the resources needed to complete their assignments. 

Why Foreign Students Diverting From America Is A Problem
Forbes – Oct 29, 2018
All the media attention these days around global trade tensions is missing a potentially longer-lasting looming danger to U.S. competitiveness: Fewer of the world’s “best and brightest” are choosing to study at U.S. universities.

What Happens When a College’s Affirmative-Action Policy Is Found Illegal
The Atlantic – Oct 26, 2018
A Supreme Court case found that the University of Michigan was using race in admissions the wrong way. Then the state stepped in, and minority enrollments dropped.

Of course race should matter in college admissions — as explained by students of color at Harvard trial
Washington Post – Oct 30, 2018
Harvard University is defending its admissions policies in court against a lawsuit filed by a group that opposes affirmative action, and after weeks of school officials presenting statistics about who.

Billions in Pell Grants go to students who aren’t graduating, new data shows
PBS NewsHour – Oct 30, 2018
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — In front of the iconic Old Manse, the oldest building in Arkansas constructed solely for the purpose of educating black students, there’s a plaque recounting the rich and poignant history of Arkansas Baptist College.

Columns and Blogs

The School Counselor’s Role Next Tuesday
Post – Oct 31, 2018
Counselors’ Corner with Patrick O’Connor Ph.D 

Those pesky Letters of Recommendation
Tribune News Service – Oct 30, 2018
College Admissions Strategies with Lee Bierer

Getting Help with the FAFSA and CSS Profile
The College Solution Blog – Oct 17, 2018
The College Solution Blog with Lynn O’Shaughnessy


America’s school counseling crisis: A TEGNA Investigation
KARE-11 – Oct 30, 2018
A nationwide investigation found one in four U.S. schools don’t have any counselors at all and early one in five school districts don’t have districtwide, according to an analysis of the most recent U.S. Department of Education’s

School counselors sound off on their struggles
WKYC – Oct 29, 2018
School counselors are stretched too thin and are asked to handle too many tasks. We asked local counselors to sound off on the struggles they face.

Minnesota’s school counselor crisis
KARE-11 – Oct 30, 2018
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (KARE) This is a special KARE11 investigative report: The images of school shootings are seared in our memories. 


Study finds many parents are not using 529 college saving plans
MarketPlace.org – Oct 29, 2018 (LISTEN)
With the high cost of tuition, a lot of families start thinking early about how to save enough money for their children’s college education. 

College or not? 7 questions for families as the years approach
Citizen-Times – Oct 25, 2018
With the rising price of college tuition and more and more college grads facing crippling debt, parents and high school students are more thoughtfully considering their post-high school options. 

The Best Employee Benefit That You Are Likely Not Getting
Forbes – Oct 30, 2018
Like many parents, Alisa Metcalf was focused on making sure her son Charlie was prepared for the college process.

Sending multiple kids to college? You can plan strategically to cut costs
Yahoo News – Oct 30, 2018
Dr. Kat Cohen has tips on how parents sending multiple kids to college can plan strategically to cut costs.

It’s college application season – and it’s not just students looking for the right fit
Washington Post – Oct 26, 2018
As high school seniors begin to file the first of their college applications in the coming weeks, many find the admissions process frustrating and full of contradictions


Where support for college students is ‘high-tech, high-touch’
PBS NewsHour  – Oct 30, 2018
Florida is one of 35 states that tie college funding to graduation rates. But a new study,“The Pell Divide,” finds a difference in graduation rates between students who receive funding assistance from Pell Grants.

Admissions Process & Strategy

College Connection: The secrets of getting an acceptance letter
MyCentralJersey.com – Oct 25, 2018
An “Education Life” supplement published by the New York Times featured a cover stating, “Admissions is unfair: Here’s why.” Surrounding the cynical title were clues as to the criteria that might swing a college applicant. 

How Colleges Weigh Applicants’ Extracurricular Activities
U.S. News & World Report – Oct 25, 2018
High school students eager to stand out in the college application process often participate in a litany of extracurricular activities hoping to bolster their chances of admission to a selective undergraduate institution.

Career & Technical Education

Ready For A Career Makeover? These Skills Will Land You A New Collar Job
Forbes – Oct 31, 2018
In this time of rapid technological change, you have to up-skill to future proof your career. If you’re looking for a career makeover, you have to develop new skills.

Washington voters don’t think schools prepare kids for careers. The state is trying to change that.
Seattle Times – Oct 31, 2018
Washington is starting a public-private partnership that will give high-school and college students real-world work experiences, including internships and apprenticeships.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Our Top 10 Tips to Get Financial Aid
TeenLife Blog – Oct 27, 2018
Asking for money is not fun. Some of us would rather liquidate our retirement accounts, or consider selling a kidney before asking for help in paying our bills. 

7 of the strangest college scholarships
CNBC – Oct 31, 2018
Few families can cover the skyrocketing cost of college outright. Luckily, there are more than 7 million scholarships available to help. But wading through the options can be overwhelming. 

The Trick to Getting Free Money for College
The Student Loan Report-Oct 30, 2018

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Teen Health

More College Students Seeking Mental Health Care
WebMD – Oct 25, 2018
Anxiety, depression and panic attacks are sending U.S. college students to mental health clinics in record.

America’s teens are extremely stressed out about school shootings
Vox – Oct 31, 2018
This week, the American Psychological Association released its annual Stress in America survey, asking thousands of people variations on one simple question: What stresses you out?

FDA to unveil plan to halt the ‘health tragedy’ of teen e-cigarette use in November
MarketWatch – Oct 31, 2018


The Future of College Entrance Exams
U.S. News & World Report-Oct 26, 2018
When the ACT recently released test results from the graduating class of 2018, it roiled the higher education community: 

Six Reasons Not To Get Excited About The New SAT Scores
Forbes – Oct 25, 2018 

District builds ‘ACT culture’ to aid kids on college exam
1011now – Oct 29, 2018 


3 Steps to Help Your ADHD Student At College
TeenLife Blog – Oct 31, 2018
All teens who head off to college do so with some anticipation, anxiety and fear of the unknown, along with excitement about the freedom this new environment has to offer. 

Students with dyslexia overcome daily challenges in college
North Texas Daily – Oct 24, 2018

College Essays

College admissions counselors tell us what wowed them about these successful essays
NorthJersey – Oct 31, 2018
With High School Seniors In The Middle Of College Application Season, We Asked Local Colleges To Share College Application Essays That Hit The Mark 

Students Share Tips for Editing College Essays
U.S. News & World Report (blog)- Oct 29, 2019
When writing a college admissions essay, there are typically three phases or steps that students must complete: brainstorming, writing and revising

What makes a winning college essay?
Stockton Record-Oct 28, 2018


5 Myths About Early College Applications
Forbes – Oct 28, 2018
High school seniors across the country are beginning to feel the pressure of impending college deadlines. Although the application deadline of most U.S. colleges and universities is January 1…