Climb aboard and join us for the NYC High School Counselor Day at the SUNY Cobleskill Campus!
SUNY Cobleskill will be hosting a campus visit exclusively for NYC high school counselors on Friday, April 4. This will be a great opportunity to experience our cutting edge facilities and learn more about a SUNY Technology College that integrates classroom learning with real world applications.
- 7:00am Bus departs from 582 9th Ave. 42nd St. (in front of TD Bank)
- 10:00 Welcome
- 10:30 Campus Tour
- 12:30pm Lunch
- 1:30 Informational Session
- 3:00 Depart from SUNY Cobleskill
- 6:30pm Bus arrives at 582 9th Ave. 42nd St. (in front of TD Bank)
Click here to register
Please register by April 1!
For more information contact:
Amauris Ortiz, Regional Recruiter
From Inside Higher Ed:
The College Board today announced major changes to the SAT, including a substantial revision to the writing test that was added in 2005 in the last major overhaul of the admissions test.
A number of the changes appear designed to respond to the growing chorus of criticism of the SAT. And the announcement is in some ways surprising for the extent to which it admits that some past changes didn’t work. For example, the College Board news release on the changes notes that the writing test added in 2005 “has not contributed significantly to the overall predictive power of the exam.”
Given that the SAT is designed to predict college success, and that the writing test was the most prominent change of the 2005 revisions, that’s a fairly dramatic statement.
See the list of changes and read the full article here.
From Federal Student Aid:
Dear financial aid professional, counselor, mentor, or librarian:
Are you advising students who are currently in foster care or have recently left foster care? Be sure to let them know the following:
- They should fill out a FAFSA in preparation for each year of college. A student who was in foster care at any time since turning 13 is considered an independent student by the FAFSA and does not have to provide parent information on the application. Your students can learn about the FAFSA at StudentAid.gov/fafsa and fill it out at www.fafsa.gov.
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers educational and training vouchers to certain current or former foster youth. General information about the vouchers and eligibility can be found in a fact sheet at StudentAid.gov/foster.
Thank you for your dedication to helping America’s youth go to college.
The Awareness & Outreach team
Federal Student Aid
U.S. Department of Education
From Inside Higher Ed:
Of all the criticism leveled at the Obama administration’s plan to rate colleges, perhaps the most widespread critique is that a ratings system will harm disadvantaged students’ access to higher education.
It’s a theme that permeated the Education Department’s public hearings on the ratings proposal last fall as well as the hundreds of pages of comments officials have received about the plan.
A ratings system in which colleges are judged based on the outcomes of their students, the argument goes, would create incentives for institutions to stop enrolling disadvantaged students, who may hurt the institution’s objective measures, such as graduation rates or post-graduate earnings.
Read the full story here.
From the Chronicle of Higher Education:
Students and graduates of for-profit colleges give their institutions high marks for teaching quality and scheduling flexibility, but nearly a third of the alumni conclude that, given the colleges’ relatively high costs, the investment isn’t worth it, according to a report being released on Monday by Public Agenda, a nonprofit research group.
Read the full story here.
New Members Approved
At its January meeting, the Board of Directors reviewed and approved the membership applications of 40 institutions. We are encouraged that these institutions believe in the Common Application mission and our ability to move forward. We will announce the complete list of new members after these schools have had a chance to share the news on their campuses.
Essay Prompts Retained
The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that we will retain the current set of first-year essay prompts for 2014-15, without any edits or additions. The essay length will continue to be capped at 650 words. The feedback received from member colleges and school counselors has been positive. The essay prompts will be reviewed on an annual basis to ensure that they continue to serve students and member colleges well. Read the full announcement.
Midyear Report Reminder
Midyear Reports should be submitted as soon as possible after first semester or trimester grades are available. Please plan to submit a Midyear Report for any student who still has one or more pending applications. (You should not use the Optional Grade Report to submit midyear grades.) To check if a member college requires the Midyear Report, refer to the online requirements grid.
May 1 Creates Level Playing Field
As members of NACAC, all Common App member institutions agree to give admitted first-year students until May 1 before requiring an enrollment commitment. (Early Decision is a recognized exception.) Your students and families can learn more about this national reply date, along with other best practices, in the publication Student Rights and Responsibilities.