Schools Urged to Teach Life Skills for Success Alongside Academics

A report from the New America Foundation underscores the importance of life skills, such as self-discipline and grit, in student success and encourages schools to focus on helping students develop them.


College Admissions Officers Increasingly Check Out Students' Online Profiles

New surveys from Kaplan Test Prep find that about one-third of admissions officers look for more information about an applicant through their social media activity; most students have no problem with the practice.


School Counselor Agenda Advances With Convening in San Diego

More than 350 counselors, school leaders, and academics gathered at San Diego State University this week to work in teams to develop plans that would strength the role of school counselors in promoting college access and success.


Colleges' Selectivity Not Linked to Higher Engagement, Survey Shows

The 2014 National Survey of Student Engagement, which polls 355,000 freshmen and seniors at four-year colleges, finds little relationship between an institution's selectivity or the size of its enrollment and students' level of engagement and interactions with faculty members.


Cost to Attend Public Colleges Varies Widely by State

An analysis by Money magazine looks at the cost of tuition, along with state tax dollar support for higher education, to rank states by the affordability of their public colleges.


College Board and The Atlantic Launch Essay Contest for High School Students

Students can earn up to $5,000 in a new essay contest that focuses on interpreting a primary-source historical document.


College-Going Rates Up, Six-Year Completion Down, Report Finds

A comprehensive report on first-time college students who started in 2008 and were tracked for six years by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center finds enrollment up 12 percent, but completion down 1 percent.


Concerns of Career and Technical Education Teachers Voiced in Survey

An AFT survey of 570 career technical education teachers finds strong support for the programs but some concerns about equipment and funding.


New, Simpler Net Price Calculator May Improve College Cost Transparency

A new tool called My inTuition that was developed at Wellesley College is gaining popularity as an easy way to gauge bottom-line college costs, according to research from the Brookings Institution.


Encouraging Trends Seen in New Reports on College Pricing and Debt

Two new College Board reports find that four-year public colleges increased tuition by 1 percent after inflation, and that annual borrowing for higher education is down 8 percent.


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