College Counseling

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College & Workforce Readiness Opinion What Will It Take to Get High School Students Back on Track?
Three proven strategies can support high school graduation and postsecondary success—during and after the pandemic.
Robert Balfanz, August 18, 2021
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College & Workforce Readiness Documentary A Year Interrupted
When COVID-19 closed schools for millions of students, Education Week documented two seniors as they faced an uncertain future.
Elizabeth Rich & Brooke Saias, December 15, 2020
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College & Workforce Readiness Opinion School Counselors Need Better Training on College Admissions
Preservice training programs aren't doing enough to prepare graduates for their future roles as college counselors, writes Tara P. Nicola.
Tara P. Nicola, March 10, 2020
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College & Workforce Readiness Many Young People Think a High School Diploma Is Enough, Poll Finds
Two new polls offer more evidence that Americans—and especially young Americans—are skeptical whether the investment in higher education is necessary or worth it.
Catherine Gewertz, November 14, 2019
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College & Workforce Readiness Opinion There's More to College Prep Than Academics
It's time to move beyond grades, FAFSA applications, and test scores when getting students ready for higher education, writes Clewiston D. Challenger.
Clewiston D. Challenger, October 22, 2019
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College & Workforce Readiness Opinion School Counselors Support Students. Are We Supporting Them?
We desperately need to level the playing field in college admissions, writes Mandy Savitz-Romer. School counselors are a good place to start.
Mandy Savitz-Romer, October 22, 2019
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School & District Management Principals Dealing With Hostility and Division in the Age of Trump, Survey Shows
Most high school principals are grappling with hostile clashes between students and a swirl of other problems stemming from the political division and heated rhetoric during the Trump presidency, according to a new report.
Catherine Gewertz, March 13, 2019
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College & Workforce Readiness College Advising Is in Short Supply in U.S. High Schools, Study Finds
Only a third of the country's public high schools have a counselor devoted to helping students get prepared for college, and the problem is even worse in high-poverty schools.
Catherine Gewertz, November 13, 2018
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College & Workforce Readiness High School Students Getting More Interested in Activism, Counselors Report
Counselors at half of the nation's high schools say students are getting more interested in political activism. More than a third of college admissions officers say they're seeing more students write essays about political activism.
Catherine Gewertz, November 7, 2018
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Student Well-Being Opinion The Troubling Student-to-Counselor Ratio That Doesn't Add Up
Public school counselors are overworked and under-resourced—and that’s a big problem for students, writes Alanna Fuschillo.
Alanna Fuschillo, August 14, 2018
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College & Workforce Readiness School Counselors Responsible for 482 Students on Average, Report Finds
A new report shows that school counselors are still carrying big caseloads, even as they're being asked to advise students on a widening range of issues.
Catherine Gewertz, February 8, 2018
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College & Workforce Readiness U.S. Justice Department Probes College-Counseling Group
The U.S. Department of Justice is asking a national college-counseling group for information about possible antitrust violations in its ethics policy.
Catherine Gewertz, January 10, 2018
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College & Workforce Readiness Testing, Bachelor's Degrees and More: the Most-Read 'High School & Beyond' Posts of 2017
The most-read blog posts of 2017 show a wide-ranging interest in financial aid, the value of high school diplomas and bachelor's degrees, and, yes, testing screwups.
Catherine Gewertz, December 21, 2017
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College & Workforce Readiness Financial Aid Awareness and Counseling Enhanced Under GOP Higher-Ed Bill
A Republican bill to overhaul the Higher Education Act would require schools to notify students by 10th grade that financial aid could help them afford college. It also requires "enhanced" financial-aid counseling.
Catherine Gewertz, December 1, 2017
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