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December 19, 2012
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  • Early applicants: How to improve admissions chances after deferral
    Colleges may be seeing a rising number of early applicants, but many will be deferred to the regular spring decision pool, writes Brennan Barnard, director of college counseling at The Derryfield School in Manchester, N.H., in this blog post. "I encourage students to view this as an ... outcome ... that puts the ball back in their court to make their case," Barnard explains. Among other things, he advises that students follow deferral instructions, keep their grades up, and submit updated test scores to improve their regular admissions chances. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/The Choice blog (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report calls for financial-aid system overhaul
    A new report by the Washington-based nonprofit Alliance for Excellent Education calls for an overhaul of the federal student financial-aid system. Among the suggestions: streamlining the process and giving simpler, clearer information to families earlier in the secondary education system. According to the report, 750,000 students who turned in a Free Application for Federal Student Aid in 2009 failed to resubmit the application after being notified they initially submitted insufficient information. Education Week/College Bound blog (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers consider impact of in-state status on college admission
    An analysis published Monday found that in-state applicants to the University of Washington's main campus in Seattle could have been at a disadvantage in 2011, when the university's admissions goal for state residents was reduced by 150 students. But the study's suggestion that in-state students no longer have an advantage over out-of-state competitors may be a stretch, according to blogger Eric Hoover. The number of accepted in-state students at the Seattle campus rose again this fall, while the number of in-state applicants has fallen by about 400 since 2010, Hoover notes. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free content)/Headcount blog (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Next Step 
  • What are the top-paying jobs for graduates with associate's degrees?
    A recent study by the financial literacy site NerdWallet estimates that jobs requiring a two-year associate's degree will experience 35% growth by 2020, compared with an estimated overall job growth rate of 14%. The study based its conclusions on predictions from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to the study, top-paying jobs that require an associate's degree include air traffic controller, construction manager and radiation therapist. Forbes/Forbeswoman blog (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Past accomplishments won't propel you forward
    Your career progress goes slower if you focus on where you've been and not where you want to go, Alexis Grant writes. For example, your Twitter profile should talk about the job you want, not the jobs you've had, she writes. Brazen Careerist (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • University of Minnesota course helps students design apps
    A new two-semester course offered by the University of Minnesota's journalism school allows students to design a smartphone application for the school's Weisman Art Museum. "App development is a growing field. [The students] want to be able to put this in their portfolio and take it out to the job market," said instructor Camille LeFevre of the class, which has enrolled students from a variety of different majors. Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.) (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NSCS News 
  • Save this holiday season with GEICO
    As the parent of a high-achieving student and member of NSCS, did you know you may be eligible for a friends and family discount from GEICO? As you prepare for the holiday season, find out how much you could be saving with a free insurance quote from GEICO, which has saved members as much as $500. With the hundreds that you could save with GEICO, you can spend more money on the ones you love this holiday season. Receive your free, no-obligation quote here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Attention spring break-bound scholars!
    Teach For America (TFA) is partnering with Deloitte to host an alternative spring break program in Memphis, Tenn. The Deloitte and TFA Alternative Spring Break is for business, math, economics, and finance majors. The application can be found here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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