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5 Commandments for college freshman
By H. Buford Barr, The Washington Post, September 2, 2011
Beginning college is a milestone event in our lives. Like most events of this magnitude, how we handle and deal with the new challenges we face determines our ultimate success.

College: a smart choice
By Michael Greenstone & Adam Looney, Los Angeles Times, August 15, 2011
It's expensive and no job is guaranteed at the end, but research shows that it could easily be the best investment you ever make.

New Grads Called
By Mary Ann Milbourn, The Orange County Register, July 25, 2011
Recent college grads have an uphill fight in the job market these days and one of the reasons, say would-be employers, is that they are unprofessional.

Record Level of Stress Found in College Freshman
By Tamar Lewin, The New York Times, January 26, 2011
The emotional health of college freshmen — who feel buffeted by the recession and stressed by the pressures of high school — has declined to the lowest level since an annual survey of incoming students started collecting data 25 years ago.

The Four-Year College Graduation Myth
By Farnoosh Torabi, Newsweek, November 11, 2010
With trying economic times, finishing an undergraduate degree in four years is becoming tougher than ever.

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Higher Education
By Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Sonja Petek, and Nic, Public Policy Institute of California, November 1, 2010
Three quarters of Californians say state funding for public higher education is inadequate. Most Californians favor more money for higher education even at the expense of other state programs.


The Parent Perspective

It's OK to Let Them Go
By Ellen Gaddie, The Daily Pilot/Huntington Beach Independent, April 29, 2011
Congratulatory high fives took place between parents of college-bound seniors this weekend when those students officially chose their college of choice by the national intent to register deadline May 2. But are their parents ready to let go?

Will he? Did she? What's A Parent To Do?
By Ellen Gaddie, EDvantage Newsletter, December 3, 2010
As a parent of a college freshman, I am reminded, as if it was yesterday, how hard this time of year--application season--can be for students and parents.


Admissions in Recent News

Will Today’s Generation Be Less Educated Than Parents?
By Robin Young, NPR Radio Program, "Here & Now", August 30, 2011
It’s back to college time and more students than ever are attending this year. College enrollment has been trending up for over a decade and according to a new study by the Pew Research Center, it’s now at a historic high. Now here’s the “but.”

Chapman's largest freshman class starts to move in
By Frank Shyong, The Orange County Register, August 24, 2011
1,250 freshmen moved into Chapman University's seven residence halls on Tuesday. The school received 10,000 applications this year and the incoming class is the largest ever.

The Upside of College Rejection: Your Safety School Might Be the Smarter Choice
By Kayla Webley, Time, April 8, 2011
The headlines last week weren't pretty. As colleges and universities nationwide revealed their admissions decisions, news broke of a dramatic decline in acceptance rates — and not just at Ivy League schools.

Northeastern sees greater pool of applicants, selectivity
By Margaret Young, Tufts Daily, March 18, 2011
Northeastern’s applications increase by 15 percent and, with them, its prestige.

Public Universities Seek More Autonomy as Financing From States Shrinks
By Tamar Lewin, The New York Times, March 2, 2011
With states providing a dwindling share of money for higher education, many states and public universities say that with less money from state coffers they need more flexibility from regulations to compete with private institutions.

Facing New Cuts, California's Colleges Are Shrinking Their Enrollments
By Josh Keller, The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 14, 2011

The combo of a growing college-age population and a reduced budget has turned what was once a model for college access into a much scarcer commodity. CSU Long Beach enrolled only 9 percent of applicants last fall, a lower rate than at UC Berkeley

FAQs from Denied UCLA Freshman Applicants
By UCLA Student Affairs Office, UCLA Undergraduate Admissions & Relations, 2011
Q: Can you tell me why I was denied?

Californians worried about UC, Cal State tuition increases, survey shows
LA Times Community Pages, November 17, 2010

A strong majority of Californians are concerned about steep tuition hikes at the University of California and California State University, according to a report released late Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California.

UC campuses move to recruit more out-of-state students
By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times, November 14, 2010

The university's efforts to boost enrollment of non-Californians — who bring in $23,000 a year each — may prove controversial. But schools say they could help bolster besieged budgets.

CSU Student University Fees will now be referred to as tuition
By Claudia Keith, Mike Uhlenkamp, CSU Public Affairs, November 8, 2010

The California State University Board of Trustees will review an agenda item that will inform them of the CSU's intention to change the terminology used to refer to certain charges assessed to students from "fees" to "tuition."

Spring enrollment's budget connection leaves California college students in limbo
By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Time, August 23, 2010

Students have until the end of August to enroll in Cal State for spring, but whether they'll actually be admitted hinges on a budget fix for higher education...a student at Saddleback, has 70 units, a 3.0 GPA but was rejected by SDSU....

Students, Welcome to College; Parents, Go Home
By Trip Gabriel, The New York Times, August 23, 2010

As the latest wave of superinvolved "Velcro parents" delivers its children to college, institutions are building into the day activities--"hit the road", "parting ceremonies" meant to punctuate and speed the separation of parents and students.

CSUF Makes It Tougher To Gain Admission
By Kristine Guerra , The Orange County Register, August 10, 2010

Due to uncertainty in state funding, Cal State Fullerton has required higher admission standards to limit enrollment and decrease its student population...CSUF has nearly 200 fewer professors this year than last year, most of whom are PT faculty.

Finding Applicants Who Plagiarize
By Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, June 23, 2010

The Penn State business program has become the first college to go public about using a new admissions essay service offered by Turnitin, the dominant player in the plagiarism detection software for reviewing work submitted by college students.

The Economy and College Admissions
By EDvantage Consulting, March 22, 2010

In February, EDvantage counselors attended the annual "Share, Learn, and Connect" event at University of San Diego, sponsored by the Western Association for College Admissions Counseling. The focus: The Economy and College Admissions.

UC Regents Move Towards Easing Admissions Requirements
By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times, February 5, 2009

Preliminary approval is granted to a plan that would exempt students from taking two SAT subject tests and make students with weaker grades eligible for review.

What To Do While You Are Waiting to Hear
By Bruce Walker, Vice Provost, University of Texas, Professor's Guide, January 21, 2009

January, February, and March are tense times for everyone involved in the college admissions process. College hopefuls all over the country are waiting to hear from their top choices. Angst is rising, and parents are helpless to end it.

'Getting in' The Social Logic of Ivy League Admissions
By Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker, October 10, 2005

Weekly College Admissions News
This weekly email searches main media outlets finding stories that may be of interest to high school counselors, college admission officers and related organizations, with links to the original stories. It is published by de facto, inc.

3 Reasons Colleges Accept More Early Applicants
By Kim Clark, U.S. News & World Report,
It is hard to say "no" to students who say "I love you." The numbers are clear: Colleges typically accept a higher percentage of the students who apply early. But admissions officers say that doesn't mean they have an easier time at all schools.


Campus Visits

Are You Asking the Right Questions on a College Visit?
A Pocket guide to Choosing the Right College from the National Survey of Student Engagement


College/University Research--Recommended Sites

College Navigator
By National Center for Education Statistics, A US government site that allows future students to evaluate and compare institutions’ enrollment and admissions information and breakdown, prices, financial aid, majors, and very specific information that is useful in your college search.

College Campus Student Newspapers
Access hundreds of college and university student published newspapers from this site. This is an excellent way to stay informed about what's happening on specific college campuses.

College Data
Search 1700+ colleges by location, size, selectivity, cost, and major or lookup by name. This is a great site if you are interested in estimating your chance of admission by comparing your academic profile with the previous year's admitted class.

U-CAN University and College Accountability Network
The 700+ college and university profiles provide statistical data that's complemented by narrative descriptions and subject-specific links to relevant campus Web pages. Sponsored by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.


College Entrance Exams: The SAT and ACT in the Press

'Precision Guesswork' on the GPA
By Dan Berrett, Inside Higher Ed, October 28, 2010
If a student's grades in high school best predict how he or she will fare in college, what should admissions officers do when—just like the children of Lake Wobegon—all of their applicants are above average?

A Broader Definition of Merit: The Trouble with College Entry Exams
By Brent Staple, New York Times, October 1, 2008
Imagine yourself an admissions director of a status-seeking college that wants desperately to move up in the rankings. With next year’s freshman class nearly filled, you are choosing between two applicants.

Colleges and Universities That Superscore the ACT
By NACAC Members, The following list of colleges are said to "superscore" the ACT. This means the colleges re-calculate the student's composite score using different sub-test scores from different test administrations.

Score Choice: New SAT Score Reporting Policy
By The College Board, Designed to reduce student stress and improve the test-day experience, the College Board has approved Score Choice, an important change to the current SAT score-reporting policy.


College Rankings

An A in overcoming odds
By George Skelton, from Sacramento, Los Angeles Times, December 6, 2010

Truth is, California's public schools never were all that great. And today, they're not nearly as crummy as critics claim.

Sierra Magazine's College Rankings
Sierra Magazine, September2009
A Comprehensive Guide to the Most Eco-Enlightened U.S. Universities

Lists of College Rankings
By Institute for Higher Education Policy, Ranking of higher education institutions is now one of the most debated issues in higher education, emerging as a major force in the dialogue about higher education’s role and impact on students and society.


Community College

Survey: Calif. community college problems among nation's worst
By Scott Martindale, The Orange County Register, March 30, 2011
Orange County community college students are sitting on classroom floors, spending weeks on wait lists or simply missing out on classes needed to graduate as the state's budget troubles eat away at the number of courses the system can offer.

Left in the Hall
By David Moltz, Inside Higher Ed, February 9, 2011
Nearly a third of community college students were unable to enroll in one or more classes last semester because they were full, according to a new national survey.

Capitol Journal: Chipping away at community colleges
By George Skelton, The Los Angeles Times, January 31, 2011
California's community colleges always have been among the best bargains in America. But too often these days that's like saying land's cheap on Mars.Price doesn't matter much if the product isn't available.

New law encourages transfers to CSU system
By Adam Townsend, The Orange County Register, October 4, 2010

A new law that takes effect in California in fall 2011, promises to speed up Cal State University graduation for students who first obtain a transfer degree from community college.

California's Community Colleges Near the Breaking Point
By Gail Holland, Los Angeles Times, February 3, 2009
As the two-year campuses strain to serve an influx of students, officials worry that a key promise - easy transfers to four-year schools - will go unfulfilled for many.


Prestige: Does It Really Matter?

Will an Expensive School really Pay Off in the Long Run?
By Walter Updegrave, CNN Money, September 23, 2005

Who Needs Harvard?
Appears in The Atlantic Monthly, October2004

Estimating The Payoff to Attending a More Selective University
By Dale and Krueger, Princeton, 1998


Financial Aid

Never too early to save for college
By Purvi S. Mody, MercuryNews.com, April 25, 2011
As a professional in the college admissions and financial aid industry, I often advise parents to start saving for college as early as possible. Even the most financially fit families can be stressed by the rising costs of college.

Playing the high-stakes college game: 10 financial aid myths and the truths behind them
By Dave Carpenter, Daily Reporter, March 31, 2011
Applying for college financial aid can be intimidating. A slew of myths and misconceptions only complicates matters. Families have to educate themselves about this complex world and stay on top of it.

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