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Lousy College Counseling for Bright Kids From Poor Homes

Harold O. Levy | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
Harold O. Levy

If we truly care about things like the economic inequality or class mobility, putting more degrees in the hands of academically talented young people from poor areas is certainly a way to make a significant difference.

Help Out a School Counselor? I'm In, With #hscc2015

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 01.04.2015 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Two dozen colleges know that in order for good college counseling to occur for everyone, the college conversation has to include everyone -- which means my fellow college guide authors and suppliers of college application support have some catching up to do.

Objections to Better Training in College Advising

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 04.29.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Readers of this space are more than familiar with my favorite topic--but in case you're brand new, here's the summary: • Most school counselors rec...

Hey Guys! Let's Go to a (College) Fair!

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 04.12.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

College fairs are unique opportunities for you to meet college admissions people face to face and begin the process of showing colleges your "demonstrated interest."

The (First) Three Things Parents Want From Their Kids' College

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 12.10.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Families don't really care if a college considers low test scores; they do care that they don't know who does what. Put your policy on your front admissions page for all the world to see. It will save time, money, and confusion.

A Call for College Access Freedom Fighters

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 07.23.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

If you've been looking for evidence to support a request to provide more college programming in your local schools, look no more. A new report from the National Association for College Admission Counseling offers these nuggets on college counseling in general.

Colleges Still Looking for Seniors--and Offering Cash!

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 07.07.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

There's still ample time to apply to colleges eager for your application. Every year, the National Association for College Admission Counseling releases a Space Availability Survey in May.

5 Last Things You Should Know About Completing College Applications

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 02.02.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

With deadlines just around the corner, this is a friendly reminder that there is still time for students to give their applications more than just a last minute polish.

As School Ends, No Summer Tests, a Call for More Counselor Training, and Reaching the Finish Line

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 08.22.2012 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

Now that it's the end of June, it's time to tidy up a few odds and ends from recent columns before we look ahead to the next school year.

An Update on the State of Training in College Counseling

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 07.22.2012 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

Since 1995, The Education Trust has supported the work of transforming the school counseling profession to a new vision focused on closing achievement and opportunity gaps.

Don't Let College Rejections Stand in Your Way

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 05.26.2012 | College
Rebecca Joseph

May 1 is the national college decision day. So that means seniors and their families need to spend the next five weeks making some very powerful college decisions.

The College Insider: Admissions Freak-Out Countdown #7: All's Fair In Love And Warring College Application Services

Karen Stabiner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Stabiner

Like many families, you probably embraced the popular and seemingly logical approach and sent the school's own application to your first-choice school to show how much you care.