High School Counselor Week

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


August 30, 2018

Big Picture

Enough fretting over college admissions. It’s time for a lottery
Washington Post – Aug 14, 2018
There is a big debate about elite education going on right now within social science. And it’s not the one you may be thinking of.

Small colleges are struggling financially, and they can’t raise tuition high enough to fix it
Boston Globe – Aug 11, 2018
Financial conditions are deteriorating at many of New England’s quintessential small private colleges, with tuition revenue failing to keep up with expenses at more than half of the schools, a Globe review shows.

Critics warn that well-meaning reforms may be lowering college standards
PBS Newshour – Aug 17, 2018
At a time when parents, politicians and universities all want more students to go to college and graduate on time, the idea of letting them take college courses while in high school seems a great solution.

Columns and Blogs

New Ratios Show Counselors Overworked in Most States
Post -Aug 23, 2018
Counselors’ Corner with Patrick O’Connor Ph.D

Early application options abound, but some can narrow your college choices
Tribune News Service – Aug 18, 2018
College Admissions Strategies with Lee Bierer

Expected Family Contribution: 10 Things to Know
The College Solution Blog – Aug 9, 2018
The College Solution Blog with Lynn O’Shaughnessy


The Troubling Student-to-Counselor Ratio That Doesn’t Add Up
Education Week – Aug 14, 2018
In a state that doesn’t require counselors in schools, Abbott is recommending school districts find money to hire more counselors and allow them to focus on student mental health rather than administrative tasks like scheduling and college admissions

Considering College? Maybe You Should Invest in a Coach
New York Times – Aug 2, 2018
The summer before his freshman year of college, David Hernandez got a notice from the University of California asking him for a housing deposit he had no idea was due.

Ethical College Admissions: Admission Coaching
Inside Higher Ed – Aug 13, 2018
I long ago came to grips with the fact that neither my thinking nor my tastes are cutting-edge or mainstream. Neither of the two major political parties represent my views, with one being too liberal and the other too conservative.

Counselor crisis: Arizona has highest ratio of students to school counselors in U.S.
AZCentral.com-Aug 14, 2018
The stakes are high at Christa Mussi’s job…And with hundreds of students on her roster — with the goal of seeing 20 a day — her workload is colossal.


Why It Feels So Terrible to Drop Your Kid at College
The Atlantic – Aug 20, 2018
On New Year’s Eve, back in 2012, Savannah Eason retreated into her bedroom and picked up a pair of scissors. “I was holding them up to my palm as if to cut myself,” she says. “Clearly what was happening was I needed someone to do something.”

Are You Becoming An Empty Nester? Share Your Story NPR.org – Aug 16, 2018

How we sent our children to college debt-free The Washington Post- Aug 18, 2018

5 Pearls of Wisdom About College for Students Starting Their First Year New York Times-Aug 19, 2018


David and Lauren Hogg never thought it would happen in Parkland. Now they say #NeverAgain
PBS NewsHour – Aug 9, 2018
The class of 2018 got its fair share of advice from politicians, actors and industry leaders at graduations around the country. Offering wisdom and humor, here’s what some of the well-known commencement speakers said.

Admissions Process & Strategy

7 Things College Admissions Officers Don’t Tell You
Her Campus – Aug 17, 2018
Applying to college can be scary. Naturally, we rely on the more educated people around us to provide insight into the overwhelming process of attending (and getting ready to attend) college.

College Connection: Summer launch of the ‘Common App’
MyCentralJersey.com-Aug 16, 2018

What’s the craziest thing about a $16,000 college application boot camp: that it has a wait list, or its secret location?
Boston Globe – Aug 13, 2018

College Applicants Reflect On Lessons Learned
Forbes – Aug 17, 2018

What Do Colleges Want?
VOA – Aug 4, 2018

Five simple steps to college admissions
Herald Tribune – July 23, 2018

Career & Technical Education

How The Top Two-Year Trade School Ranking Is Scored
Forbes – Aug 15, 2018
In year two of our Top Two-Year Trade Schools ranking, we approached the numbers from a different angle. Rather than trying to determine distinct motives for high schoolers who are looking for an academic versus a technical education.

Why students need stronger career and technical education
Las Vegas Sun – Aug 15, 2018

College Essays

The Perfectionist’s Guide To The College Essay
Forbes-Aug 1, 2018 New research asserts allergies can have serious, far-reaching consequences, especially on adolescent sufferers.

How to Write a Good College Application Essay New York Times-Aug 2, 2018

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Going mobile: The government’s most crucial financial aid form
Washington Post – Aug 16, 2018
Generations of students and parents have groaned over a chore essential for those who need assistance in paying for college: filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

How to Use Your Financial Aid Like a Paycheck
U.S. News & World Report (blog)-Aug 13, 2018

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Teen Health

Exposure to tobacco smoke significantly impacts teen health
Science Daily – Aug 21, 2018
New research asserts allergies can have serious, far-reaching consequences, especially on adolescent sufferers.

Health Tip: Help Keep Your Teen Healthier
U.S. News & World Report – Aug 22, 2018


How to Manage Time on ACT Math
U.S. News & World Report (blog)-Aug 13, 2018
Students taking the ACT have just 60 minutes to complete 60 questions on the math section. It is therefore understandable that test-takers may fail to answer all the questions in the allotted time frame.

Develop a Time-Management Plan for the SAT Essay
U.S. News & World Report (blog)-Aug 6, 2018

Illinois has embraced the SAT, and the ACT is mad about it
Chalkbeat Colorado-Jul 27, 2018


Students With Disabilities Sue ACT Over Release of Personal Information
Education Week – Aug 7, 2018 (registration required)
Microsoft invested $200,000 to the Accessibility Lighthouse Program, which is designated to help provide resources to students with disabilities, in collaboration with colleges on campus.

How you can help students with special needs find a place in college
Seattle Times – Jul 27, 2018