High School Counselor Week

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


November 18, 2021

Big Picture

Some U.S. states dangle cash and scholarships to get children vaccinated.
The New York Times – November 15, 2021
With the pace of inoculations stagnating among U.S. adults, states are rushing to encourage vaccinations among newly eligible younger children, despite some questions about the effectiveness of incentive programs.

Foreign students returning to US, but below pre-COVID levels
AP News – November 15, 2021
The upturn is better than many colleges were forecasting over the summer as the delta variant surged. But it also reflects continued obstacles as visa backlogs persist and as some students show reluctance to study abroad during the pandemic.

Columns and Blogs

Tidying Up for the Holidays
Post – November 11, 2021
Counselors’ Corner with Patrick O’Connor Ph.D.

Don’t assume you can’t afford college
Tribune News Service – November 17, 2021
College Admissions Strategies with Lee Bierer 


More Than Just Preparing for College
Inside Higher Ed – November 15, 2021
School counselors believe they are responsible for students’ social and emotional development, not just getting them into college. That is the conclusion of a new survey by ACT and the American School Counselor Association. The results, in a new report… [includes link to full report]

Parents protesting ‘critical race theory’ identify another target: Mental health programs
NBC News – November 16, 2021
Groups have voiced opposition to suicide prevention programs, mental health coordinators and social emotional learning, claiming they are being used to indoctrinate students. Some parents have argued that young children don’t struggle with mental health problems, despite data to the contrary.

With US aid money, schools put bigger focus on mental health
Voice of America – November 13, 2021
In Kansas City, KS educators are opening an after-school mental health clinic staffed with school counselors and social workers. Schools in Paterson, NJ have set up social emotional learning teams to identify students dealing with crises. Chicago is staffing up ‘care teams’ with the mission of helping struggling students on its 500-plus campuses. With a windfall of federal…


5 Life Skills Kids Should Know Before Heading Off To College
Moms – November 13, 2021
Learning these life skills will make teens money, transportation, and career savvy before stepping foot on a college campus.

College selection process headspinning for parents, too
Grand Island Independent (NE) – November 14, 2021
oing through the college selection process as a parent is quite the experience. It’s almost like having a front-row seat at your favorite sports team’s game. You can lean over and make suggestions to the coaches, and they might listen to you and they probably won’t. The final decision isn’t yours to make.

Admissions Process & Strategy

Strategies to boost your college acceptance odds
Yahoo! News – November 13, 2021
The best way to get ‘You’re Accepted’ letters (or emails) is to present yourself as an ideal candidate for each college to which you apply. Aside from the factors outside of your control, there are several things you can do in advance to help your applications stand out.

The real meaning of Thanksgiving for college applicants
Royal Oak Tribune (MI) – November 15, 2021
The start of the holiday season carries so many meanings — food, family and giving gifts. But for high school students applying to college, Thanksgiving break also represents an important window of time, between the early application deadlines and the homestretch of their admissions journeys. So, what should students be doing right now to move ahead in the college application process?

Convince Parents to Let You Go to College Overseas
U.S. News & World Report – November 15, 2021
Students should make a list of questions that parents will likely raise and then provide those answers, experts say.

Career & Technical Education

Great Resignation’ underscores need for access to career exploration and work-based opportunities
K-12 Dive – November 16, 2021
Hands-on exposure and focus on essential soft skills are needed to produce a generation better prepared for and fulfilled by work, two experts write.

Two studies show Gen Z, companies may not want 4-year degrees
University Business – November 12, 2021
Career and technical education is intriguing to high school students, even if they are a bit uncertain about its value. And more than 80% of business leaders not only believe workforce skills gaps can be achieved through alternative education pathways but also see them as a very important part of the future of training and learning.

Research shows vocational education benefits not just students, but also state’s economy
Local 12 Cincinnati (OH) – November 16, 2021
As more people find new careers, vocational schools are finding new students. New data shows that specialized training pays off not only for the students, but for the state’s economy as well.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

How To Check Your FAFSA Status
Forbes – November 16, 2021
Your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is your biggest ticket to college financial aid. After you submit it, keep tabs by checking the status of your application. Here’s how.

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Inside The Admissions Office

College Admission- A Long-term Vision
Georgia Tech Admission Blog – November 11, 2021
If you are applying to college this year, my hope is A: You enjoyed your extra hour of sleep. Sleep is important and most teenagers don’t get enough. B: You will take the long-term, rather than short-term approach to college and college admission.

Teen Health

Eating disorders among youth increase during pandemic
The Daily News (WA) – November 15, 2021
Doctors, school counselors and community agencies are raising the alarm about an increase in eating disorders among youth during the pandemic, including in Cowlitz County. Hospitalizations among adolescents with eating disorders increased 25% compared to pre-pandemic trends, according to…

Colleges are turning to science to limit suicide contagion and help heal campuses
NPR – November 16, 2021
Just as there’s research on how to prevent mental health crises and interventions for people who are actively suicidal, research is also developing around the effective steps that can be taken after a suicide to help communities grieve, restore a sense of stability and limit the risk of more deaths.


Late AP Testing: What to Do if You Change Your Mind
U.S. News & World Report – November 15, 2021
The good news is that registering late for an end-of-year AP test is often still possible, but there are certain considerations to keep in mind.