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November 15, 2011

Demand for Jobs That Require High School Diploma Declines

For all the talk of the value of a college degree, there are decent jobs for those with just a high school diploma. The problem is there are not enough of those jobs to go around, according to a report released yesterday by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. The repor...

October 27, 2011

New Approach to College Ranking Based on Student Choice

Today, yet another new ranking of colleges is out—this listing ordered by student choice. Parchment, an education data company based in Scottsdale, Ariz., released Parchment Top-Choice College Rankings based on actual student-enrollment decisions. The colleges were ranked based solely on the d...

October 19, 2011

New Snapshot of College-Admissions Process

More students are applying to an increasing number of colleges, while acceptance rates are slightly down, a report released by the National Association for College Admission Counseling today reveals. The 2011 State of College Admission by the Arlington, Va.-based education association, finds that 7...

October 19, 2011

Growth in Merit-Based College Financial Aid Chronicled

Although colleges and universities give most of their aid to need-based students, a growing proportion is being awarded to students based on academic achievement without regard to finances, according to a report released Tuesday. The National Center for Education Statistics examined trends in merit...

October 13, 2011

Quality of Net-Price Calculators Varies Among Colleges

The deadline of Oct. 29 is fast approaching for colleges to meet a federal requirement to have cost calculators on their websites. While designed to be a helpful way for families to comparison shop for colleges, the quality of what's been put online is mixed and not always user-friendly. The Instit...

October 12, 2011

Revising Facebook Pages Before Applying to College

Along with polishing up essays, students applying for college might be smart to spend time reviewing their online presence and revising their social-media profiles. Admissions counselors are checking out applicants' Facebook pages. The latest survey by Kaplan Test Prep shows 24 percent say they hav...

September 23, 2011

Money Increasingly a Driver in College Admission Process

College admissions officers admit there is increasing pressure to recruit students with the ability to pay, according to a new, anonymous survey.

September 16, 2011

Students Expected to Pay More as Economy Hurts Colleges

Two reports out this week reflect the tough financial reality that many colleges are facing in this economy and its impact on students.

September 13, 2011

U.S. News Best Colleges List Unveiled Today

It's out. U.S. News and World Report has posted its 2012 Best Colleges rankings.

August 17, 2011

Webinar Today on Access to College for Low-Income Students

Just a reminder to join me for a free Education Week webinar today at 2 p.m. EST to discuss access to college for low-income students. The presenters will be Jennifer Engle from the Education Trust and Traci Kirtley of Admission Possible. For more information or to register, click here.

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