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December 26, 2012
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  • How to cut through college funding confusion
    Colleges and financial aid programs are presenting families with a variety of different numbers that can make the decision-making process confusing and complicated, Ruth Simon writes. To help cut that confusion, Simon recommends several strategies, including focusing on net price -- the total cost of college rather than just tuition -- looking at schools' success rates, and setting price parameters early in the search process. "If there is no way the financials are going to work, why have the student go through the exercise of having to apply?" San Diego financial planner Deborah Fox says. The Wall Street Journal (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study finds colleges depend on test scores for placement
    A new study on college placement shows that most colleges and universities still rely largely on test scores to measure students' readiness for college-level coursework, and that scores deemed college-ready vary among institutions. Conducted by the National Assessment Governing Board, the study surveyed about 1,670 public and private postsecondary institutions and their use of six standardized tests -- including the ACT and SAT -- to determine students' math and reading levels. Other recent research has shown that high-school GPA is a more accurate indicator of college readiness than test scores. Education Week/College Bound blog (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why students should be wary of "test-optional" colleges: A list of 800 test-optional schools recently released by the National Center for Fair and Open Testing suggests that it's possible to apply for college without test scores -- but that suggestion is misleading, Kathryn Juric writes in this opinion piece. Students need to be aware of several things about the list, Juric explains, such as the fact that most of the schools on it do not offer a traditional four-year education and many are "test-flexible," meaning they still ask for test scores but let students choose from a broader variety of standardized tests. U.S. News & World Report (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Next Step 
  • Infographic: Young people's social media habits can be risky for jobs
    A study by AVG of how young people use social media as they enter the working world has found that many engage in online behavior that could negatively affect their jobs. The survey of 4,000 young people in 11 countries, presented here in infographic form, found that 13% of those young people have posted "abusive" comments about their boss or workplace on social media sites and that 60% do not hide Facebook posts from friends who also are co-workers. Brand Republic (U.K.)/The Wall blog (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tips for turning a holiday gig into a permanent one
    Some of the best ways to turn your seasonal job into a full-time position include expressing your desire to stay, being flexible with your time, working hard and being friendly, experts say. "Always remember, people prefer to work with people they like and respect," says leadership strategist Nicole Lipkin. CBS MoneyWatch (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Merit-based scholarships on the rise in multiple states
    States are raising academic requirements for state-backed financial aid as economic contractions continue to strain funding. Twenty-seven states currently have merit-aid programs, and 13 of those gave more than 50% of all their grants based on merit in the 2010-11 school year. Some lawmakers say that rewarding more students based on merit will help combat the "brain drain" resulting from students who leave their home states to study elsewhere. The Wall Street Journal (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Thinking about studying abroad?
    The NSCS Academy Abroad program offers you the opportunity to explore the rugged "Outback" in Australia or view the ancient wonders found in Thailand this summer. Learn more about the Academy Abroad program in Australia or Thailand  and don't forget to apply for the Academy Abroad Scholarship and you could be awarded $2,000 to help pay for your trip. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Get involved with the Teach For America movement
    Joining Teach For America as a professional can be a rewarding adventure! TFA is a great opportunity for NSCS members or alumni interested in getting involved in the movement to eliminate educational inequality. Apply now to the 2013 Teach For America corps. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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