High School Counselor Week

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


October 18, 2018

Big Picture

Radio Atlantic: America’s Higher Education Crisis
The Atlantic (LISTEN) – Oct 12, 2018
As a new affirmative action lawsuit heads to federal court, Alia Wong and Adam Harris join Matt Thompson and Gillian White to discuss the challenges in American higher education.

Should Legacy Admissions Be Allowed? A Debate
Forbes  – Oct 15, 2018
Let’s have a debate on paper about a contentious topic: the legitimacy of legacy admissions, showing preference for applicants who have relatives who have attended the college or university in question.

What To Know About Affirmative Action As The Harvard Trial Begins
NPR.org  – Oct 16, 2018
Does Harvard University discriminate against Asian-Americans in its admissions process? That’s the question on trial in a Boston federal courtroom this week.

 As more Latinos go to college, schools vie to become Hispanic-Serving Institutions
The Hechinger Report – Oct 16, 2018
ORLANDO, Fla. — The University of Central Florida opened during the civil rights movement, and from the beginning school leaders made racial diversity a priority. In 1969.

Prices Level Off — for Now
Inside Higher Ed – Oct 17, 2018
Average published tuition and fees at public two- and four-year colleges dropped by the smallest of margins between 2017-18 and 2018-19, the College Board reported Tuesday, with costs at private nonprofit four-year colleges rising slightly..

Columns and Blogs

How Do Colleges Know Mom Wrote the Essay?  Beats Me
Post – Oct 17, 2018
Counselors’ Corner with Patrick O’Connor Ph.D 

One piece of advice – be different
Tribune News Service – Oct 15, 2018
College Admissions Strategies with Lee Bierer

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

Writing a high school résumé that ‘works
College Explorations – Sep 26, 2018
College Explorations with Nancy Griesemer


Students were obsessed with social media. Here’s what this middle school counselor did about it
Chalkbeat.org – Oct 17, 2018
In our “How I Help” series, we feature school counselors, social workers, and psychologists who have been recognized for their work. You can see other pieces in the series here

Exterminating College Process Termites
ACCIS AdmitAll Blog – Oct 13, 2018
My husband and I were in the midst of a home improvement project. Everything was going smoothly until we took out a large shrub, could better view a post on our porch, and discovered evidence of insect damage

Education advocates call for better funding, more counselors
Daily Herald – Oct 16, 2018
More education funding, additional guidance staff, better access to advanced classes and focusing on practical career experiences could stem the flow of graduating high school seniors to colleges outside of Illinois


Communicating Effectively With Your College Kid
U.S. News & World Report-Oct 15, 2018
PARENTS OF COLLEGE KIDS frequently ask me about how they can best communicate with their kids. I understand the difficulty and confusion inherent in this question. 

How can a college parent maintain key legal rights?
liherald-Oct 12, 2018
Your 18-year-old has headed off to college. Despite what you may feel, she will now be considered an adult in the eyes of the law and the university.

Most parents and students have no idea how much college really costs
CNBC – Oct 16, 2018
Most parents and students are in the dark about how much college costs. That’s the main takeaway from the latest data in an ongoing study by the National Center for Education Statistics, part of the Education Department’s research division.


At this college, academic excellence requires passion for the social good
PBS NewsHour – Oct 16, 2018
At New Jersey’s Rutgers University, a new honors program for undergraduates is redefining academic excellence. 

Admissions Process & Strategy

The Ultimate Guide to the College Search From U.S. News
U.S. News & World Report (blog)- Oct 17, 2018
Washington, D.C. – College is one of the most difficult and expensive investments that students and their families will make, and U.S. News & World Report has the tools to help. Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News, offers four key tips for

6 Mistakes Most High School Seniors Make When They Apply to College
Her Campus – Oct 13, 2018
The very phrase “college admissions process” can send high schoolers into a spiral of stress, anxiety and uncertainty. It’s a daunting concept, and on top of getting the grades and being involved in extracurriculars to get into your dream school

How to Find the Right College for LGBTQ Students
Teen Vogue – Oct 11, 2018
When Teague Shattuck began applying to colleges last fall, the number one thing they were looking for was finding a place where they could grow personally and academically

Career & Technical Education

Has your teacher or career counselor talked to you about trade jobs?
Indy Star – Oct 17, 2018
Whether it’s your first career or a career change, job opportunities in the trades are plentiful — but the message needs to get out through community leaders.

Trained, Credentialed, Placed: How Do You Know If a Career and Technical Education Program is Working?
Arizona Education News Service – Oct 9, 2018
Career and technical education is often lauded for its ability to make learning relevant and give students a jump-start on college and career. But how do you measure its success?

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Looking for more college financial aid? Here’s a guide to the CSS Profile
NJ.com – Oct 14, 2018
It’s the season for would-be college students and their families try to figure out how to pay tuition bills.

Michelle Singletary: Odds of getting a full ride to college are pretty low
Worcester Telegram – Oct 17, 2018
As the deadlines for early college admission get closer, many parents dream of big scholarships for their star athletes or academically gifted students.

$2.6B in Free College Money Went Unclaimed by 2018 Grads
NerdWallet – Oct 16, 2018
High school graduates who didn’t complete a federal financial aid application missed their opportunity for part of $2.6 billion in free money for college, according to NerdWallet’s annual analysis of federal financial aid data.

College Connect: Complete the FAFSA now
The Notebook – Oct 12, 2018

Hello! May I Assist You in Taking on a Lifetime of Debt?
New York Times – Oct 13, 2018

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Teen Health

How Mindfulness Teaches Teens to Beat Stress
TeenLife Blog – Oct 16, 2018
While there are many programs to help support teens through the various challenges of adolescence, mindfulness has become more popular over the last few years as a way to deal with pressures such as stress and bullying.



SAT or ACT? Which test should you take for college admissions
NorthJersey.com – Oct 17, 2018
For high school students, the decision to take the SAT or the ACT — or whether to take a standardized test at all – is a key part of college planning.

3 Questions to Help Decide Whether to Retake the ACT, SAT
US News & World Report – Oct 15, 2018

More colleges allow applicants to self-report test scores
Star-Advisor – Oct 11, 2018


College Rankings

The Surprising Colleges Whose Grads Make The Most Money
Forbes – Oct 16, 2018
Ivy League grads don’t always make the most money when they stay in the workforce. 

The top 100 colleges, universities where student applications are on the rise in the US
USA Today – Oct 13, 2018

College Essays

How to navigate the dreaded college application essay
Rockland/Westchester Journal News – Oct 11, 2018
The transcripts have been requested, the applications have been filled out and the recommendation letters have been attached. But that one last requirement lingers. The dreaded essay.


College Connection: Early college applications increase chance of acceptance
MyCentralJersey.com-Oct 11, 2018
What greater holiday gift is there for a college-bound student than to receive a fat acceptance letter, or a congratulatory email, from a college of choice?