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Tech Tools for Counselors in Elementary & Middle Schools

As part of its 2016 revision, the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors took special care in researching and providing specific guidelines related to the use and inclusion of technology in the 21st century school counseling office, as they recognized the critical role that technology plays in a counselor’s ability to more effectively communicate, evaluate Read More

  • Date March 11, 2019

Making the Most of Every College Tour

Here are a few tips for your students on what to look for during a campus visit and how to make their college decision a little easier. It’s a daunting task trying to decide on the college or university where you should spend the next four years. Everyone always says that “college is the best Read More

National Six-Year Completion Rate Reaches Highest Level, 58.3 Percent, Since the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center Began Tracking

The overall national six-year completion rate reached 58.3 percent for the fall 2012 cohort, an increase of 1.5 percentage points from the fall 2011 cohort, according to the newly released National Student Clearinghouse Research Center report, Completing College: A National View of Student Completion Rates – Fall 2012 Cohort. This is the highest percentage rate Read More

NACAC Survey about Community College & Transfer Students

High school counselors generally feel prepared to advise students about community colleges and believe these institutions offer relatively easy application and enrollment processes. However, results of a national survey conducted by NACAC showed that many counselors feel less knowledgeable about transfer policies at area four-year colleges and about comparisons of community colleges to for-profit colleges. Read More

Five Recommendations on How to Become a Stand Out School Counselor

1. Promote a Safe School Climate Safe, inclusive, and positive school climates provide students with supports (i.e. social and emotional learning).  How can school counselors do this effectively? Some suggestions include… Listen. People need to feel heard. Students, parents, teachers, secretaries, even the principals. Assist students in developing social and emotional competencies like self management, Read More

How to Appeal a Financial Aid Letter

How do you appeal a financial aid letter? Should you appeal a financial aid award? What kind of college awards can you appeal? I directed these financial aid questions to Mark Kantrowitz, a nationally recognized financial aid expert, who has just published a book entitled, How to Appeal for More Financial Aid Awards. Mark is Read More

College grads expect to earn $60,000 in their first job—here’s how much they actually make

Each year, enthusiastic university commencement speakers tell students that the hard work they did in college will pay off if they simply continue to persevere. But a recent survey from LendEdu highlights how some of graduates’ expectations are not being met. LendEdu analyzed a College Pulse survey of 7,000 college students from nearly 1,000 colleges Read More

Free SAT/ACT Resources Available

With so much information coming from so many sources, it’s easy to lose track of important ACT- and SAT-related details, and to be skeptical about whether to trust the material being presented. Knowing the content of the exams is important, but it’s not everything; it’s also crucial for students to learn about logical testing timelines, Read More

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