High School Counselor Week

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


September 20, 2018

Big Picture

Poll: 72 Percent Of Americans Oppose Considering Race In College Admissions, But Even More Value Racial Diversity
WGBH.org  – Sep 16, 2018 (LISTEN)
Nearly three in four Americans disagree with using race in college admissions, although even more value racial diversity on campuses, according to a new WGBH News poll.

As students return to college, a basic question persists: What are they learning?
Hechinger Report – Sep 17, 2018
Students are hitting the books again on college campuses this fall, with fresh possibilities ahead of them. But will they actually learn anything?

A Tale Of Two Institutions: Amherst And Wisconsin Take Education Down Different Paths
Forbes – Sep 18, 2018

I Work 3 Jobs And Donate Blood Plasma to Pay the Bills.’ This Is What It’s Like to Be a Teacher in America
TIME Magazine – Sep 13, 2018
Hope Brown can make $60 donating plasma from her blood cells twice in one week, and a little more if she sells some of her clothes at a consignment store. It’s usually just enough to cover an electric bill or a car payment.

Columns and Blogs

Testing, Testing. Testing?
Post – Sep 20, 2018
Counselors’ Corner with Patrick O’Connor Ph.D 

Fall timeline for high school seniors
Tribune News Service – Sep 17, 2018
College Admissions Strategies with Lee Bierer

5 Extracurricular Tips to Boost College Admissions
The College Solution Blog – Sep 5, 2018
The College Solution Blog with Lynn O’Shaughnessy

12 excellent reasons to add a resume to your college application toolbox
College Explorations – Sep 19, 2018
College Explorations with Nancy Griesemer


Englewood guidance counselors sue school board, superintendent
NorthJersey.com – Sep 19, 2018
In the aftermath of a transcript fiasco in the Englewood school district, three guidance counselors have sued the Board of Education and superintendent of schools, alleging they were deprived of their rights and subjected to retaliation.

School guidance is more than academic
Boothbay Register-Sep 14, 2018
Boothbay Region High School welcomed Janet Sprague this month as the new guidance director and school counselor. She brings short-term and long-range goals, and an appreciation for the area.


How I survived the shock of dropping my kid off at college
NBC News – Sep 15, 2018
IAs the first of five children, Emily was my guinea pig for every new stage of motherhood. Now, I’m coping with her absence by leaning into the dread and embracing change.

How to Help Your Child Navigate the College Search
US News & World Report – Sep 14, 2018
Every year, we see kids who struggle to make it through their first year of college. In most cases, they also had difficulties with the college application process.

Tips for the college bound (and their parents)
The Island Now – Sep 18, 2018

Jilting Junior Year Jitters
The Epoch Times-Sep 14, 2018


Is teen vaping really an epidemic? These experts say yes
NBC News – Sep 15, 2018
Something was a little fishy at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, Connecticut. Kids were disappearing from class for longer and longer times, says Francis Thompson, the school’s principal.

Admissions Process & Strategy

How To Figure Out If College Is Actually the Right Choice for You
Her Campus – Sep 18, 2018

Marketing Materials from Colleges
Photo-News – Sep 14, 2018

College students give advice for high schoolers applying now
Yahoo News – Sep 14, 2018
Applying to college and not sure where to start? That stack of applications may look scary, but we asked some current college students for advice and encouragement on the whole process.

4 tactics to get into your dream college
Yahoo News – Sep 13, 2018
It’s back to school season and millions of people are preparing to start the college application process. From figuring out financial aid, searching for scholarships, acing your standardized tests, and writing the perfect essay, the to-do list is long and the stress is high.

What is Pre-Med and How Do You Get Ready for It
TeenLife Blog – Sep 17, 2018

Career & Technical Education

Four Hard Questions That Will Dictate the Future of Career and Technical Education
Education Week (requires registration) – Sep 13, 2018

Is there an alternative to college?
Washington Post – Sep 15, 2018
A fundamental transformation is underway in how we access education throughout our lives. Rather than plug into the formal structures of traditional colleges and universities when we need to gain skills.

Making Trades Work Fun Again
Contractor Mag-Sep 13, 2018

College Essays

Pros, Cons of Writing a College Essay on Adversity 
U.S. News & World Report (blog)-Sep 13, 2018
The common mistake college applicants make in essays about adversity is that they solely focus on recounting the incident and forget to convey their personality..

Vital tips for writing a winning college application essay
Shoreline Times- Sep 18, 2018 

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Education Department warns that students on financial aid are being targeted in phishing attacks
Washington Post – Sep 15, 2018
Malicious attackers have recently tried to gain access to students’ financial aid refunds at multiple colleges in a scheme that involves sending fraudulent emails to students, according to a warning issued by the Education Department..

How to Get the Most Money From Your College
US News & World Report – Sep 13, 2018
One big consideration in choosing a college, at least for most people, is how brutal a blow the bills will deal to the family finances. By following a smart strategy in applying for financial aid

Survey Reveals Deep Misunderstandings About Financial Aid
Student Loan Hero (blog)-Sep 13, 2018

College Connection: The FAFSA now offers mobile application
MyCentralNewJersey – Sep 13, 2018

Financial Aid Tip: Pay attention to deadlines for financial aid
Valley Courier-Sep 14, 2018

What do colleges want? It’s hiding in plain sight. Here’s how to find meaningful financial aid
Omaha World-Herald-Sep 15, 2018

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Teen Health

FDA calls teen vaping an ‘epidemic,’ weighs bans on flavored e-cigarettes
PBS NewsHour – Sep 12, 2018
WASHINGTON — U.S. health officials are sounding the alarm about teenage use of e-cigarettes, calling the problem an “epidemic” and ordering manufacturers to reverse the trend

What’s the Solution for a Coddled American Mind?
Psychology Today (blog) – Sep 18, 2018


OPINION: Encourage all high schoolers to retake the SAT
Daily Trojan – Sep 19, 2018
College application season is quickly approaching, and with admission rates plummeting among selective colleges across the country, 

The PSAT: The gateway to scholarships
San Mateo Daily Journal – Sep 19, 2018 (letter) 

Another Case of Recycled SAT Questions?
Inside Higher Ed – Sep 19, 2018 


College Rankings

College rankings need more focus on graduation rates of low-income students
Washington Post – Sep 18, 2018
This time of year always brings a robust debate over college rankings — which ones matter most, and whether to trust what they value. Too often, rankings have asked America’s college and university leaders to face… 

A Modest Proposal on Rankings
Inside Higher Ed – Sep 17, 2018

U.S. News Changes Its College-Ranking Methodology Again; Why You Shouldn’t Care.
Forbes – Sep 14, 2018
The college-rankings game has been silly enough for years, but now it’s just absurd. U.S. News has just revealed that it changed its methodology again for this year’s list

College Visits

2 Major College Tour Mistakes to Avoid
U.S. News & World Report (blog) – Sep 17, 2018
For some high school juniors and seniors, fall is the ideal time to visit college campuses. For juniors, college tours are the perfect way to begin identifying the types of schools that interest them, while high school seniors can use these campus visits…

Make the most from a college visit: Don’t just look around; talk to people
Omaha World-Herald – Sep 15, 2018
Iolani High School in Honolulu, Hawaii, is 3,819 miles from Creighton University. But for Cody Ching and his parents, it was worth the trip./p>