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College rankings have made school less affordable, less equitable, and more miserable for students. The pandemic exposed just how broken the system is. 07/22/2021

College rankings have made school less affordable, less equitable, and more miserable for students. The pandemic exposed just how broken the system is.

“College rankings have made school less affordable, less equitable, and more miserable for students. The pandemic exposed just how broken the system is.”
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https://www.businessinsider.com/why-college-rankings-are-bad-for-students-2021-7?fbclid=IwAR1xLOklFg6Eal1-hJYfUus7EeEx-BbHWZWOb4bs1BK9jaYZnxOKI0_5-zc

College rankings have made school less affordable, less equitable, and more miserable for students. The pandemic exposed just how broken the system is. The incentives around college rankings forced universities to take actions during the pandemic that made student experiences worse and more expensive.

Virtual Summer Engineering Experience (SEE-UD) : University of Dayton, Ohio 05/13/2021

Virtual Summer Engineering Experience (SEE-UD) : University of Dayton, Ohio

The University of Dayton School of Engineering is offering a Virtual Summer Engineering Experience (SEE-UD) for current high school juniors (class of 2022) & sophomores (class of 2023).

Juniors can earn up to $8,000 in #scholarships by actively participating in the camp experience.

SEE-UD runs from June 20-29, 2021, and the schedule is flexible to allow students to choose session times (including evenings) and days that best fit their summer schedule.

Learn more at: go.udayton.edu/SEE-UD

Registration is open until May 24.

Questions? Email: [email protected]
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Virtual Summer Engineering Experience (SEE-UD) : University of Dayton, Ohio At UD we understand that COVID-19 has taken a lot away from your high school experience and we want to add something to your high school experience. Therefore, we are offering the Virtual SEE-UD Camp free of charge for all of our participants.

BigFuture Days | College Board 04/12/2021

BigFuture Days | College Board

There are 2 more opportunities for virtual/interactive college representative meetings with BigFuture Days! You will have the chance to connect directly with college admissions representatives and current college students to learn more about schools they’re interested in. Geared mainly for sophomores and juniors, but open to parents and other high school students. Click on the link to get all the details & how to register.

Sunday, April 18th from 4-8 ET Midwest Colleges & Universities
Thursday, April 29th from 5-9 ET Southeast Colleges & Universities

https://pages.collegeboard.org/big-future-days?SFMC_cid=EM424052-&rid=47204781

BigFuture Days | College Board College Board is hosting BigFuture Days - virtual events for high school students to connect directly with admissions representatives and explore colleges.

Dear Therapist: I Staked My Identity on Attending an Ivy League School 04/05/2021

Dear Therapist: I Staked My Identity on Attending an Ivy League School

A good article for senior families, but also important for younger grade levels too.

Dear Therapist: I Staked My Identity on Attending an Ivy League School
I’m trying to accept that the school I’m going to is where I am meant to be, but I feel like my accomplishments mean nothing now.
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https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2020/05/dear-therapist-my-dream-college-rejected-me/611407/

Dear Therapist: I Staked My Identity on Attending an Ivy League School I’m trying to accept that the school I’m going to is where I am meant to be, but I feel like my accomplishments mean nothing now.

03/22/2021

Hey SENIORS! And senior parents!
Don’t forget about this important step.....

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Hey SENIORS! And senior parents!
Don’t forget about this important step.....

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[03/01/21]   Shared with us by a wonderful AHHS mom. Great article and applies to any student who wasn't admitted to their "dream school"--it's all going to be okay.
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2021-2022 Common App Essay Prompts 02/17/2021

2021-2022 Common App Essay Prompts

The Common App essay prompts will remain the same for 2021-2022 with one exception. They will retire the seldom used option about solving a problem and replace it with the following:

Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you?
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https://www.commonapp.org/blog/2021-2022-common-app-essay-prompts

2021-2022 Common App Essay Prompts In crafting a new option, we relied on the expertise of counselors and admission officers on our Outreach and Application Advisory Committees, along with input from psychology and gratitude researchers.

Hey Seniors! 02/12/2021

Hey Seniors!

Don’t Mess With Texas, Y’all.

Hey Seniors! 2021 Don’t mess with Texas® Scholarship Contest Applications must be received by online submission or postmarked by 5 p.m. (CST) March 31st, 2021. The 2021 Don’t mess with Texas® Scholarship Contest, in partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful, recognizes the achievements of high school seniors w...

Nuance in the Numbers 02/11/2021

Nuance in the Numbers

Georgia Tech has a pretty fantastic admissions blog. Check out resources like this. They are much more credible than "your neighbor, who has a brother, who's daughter heard that......"
And in the end, it's all going to be okay.
(Bonus points for the Strava mention tho!)
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https://sites.gatech.edu/admission-blog/2021/02/09/nuance-in-the-numbers/?fbclid=IwAR2_cKOh85PEL70uuSRlTsM-7MRnfoUNTB1-ZG_vROvwQSxavrw9QQGtloo

Nuance in the Numbers One of my 2021 resolutions is to run, ride, hike, walk, or swim over 2021 miles this year. This means I am tracking everything, because to meet that goal it will require averaging about 5.5 miles a…

‘It’s just too much’: Why some students are abandoning community colleges 01/28/2021

‘It’s just too much’: Why some students are abandoning community colleges

This is a good article for Alamo Heights ISD families to read. And although the headline is alarming, there's a positive mention about our awesome The Alamo Colleges District schools--a great choice for many AHHS students.
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https://www.pbs.org/newshour/education/its-just-too-much-why-some-students-are-abandoning-community-colleges

‘It’s just too much’: Why some students are abandoning community colleges Fall enrollment at community colleges was down 10 percent from a year earlier, according to National Student Clearinghouse data.

Hundreds Of San Antonio Educators Will Be Vaccinated This Week 01/23/2021

Hundreds Of San Antonio Educators Will Be Vaccinated This Week

Excellent news!!
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https://www.tpr.org/education/2021-01-20/hundreds-of-san-antonio-educators-will-be-vaccinated-this-week?mc_cid=799c2d32aa&mc_eid=4634278296

Hundreds Of San Antonio Educators Will Be Vaccinated This Week Hundreds of school employees have appointments to receive the coronavirus vaccine this week in San Antonio. The appointments provided by the University Health hospital system are the first vaccine distribution in Bexar County reserved for educators.

01/19/2021

***BREAKING NEWS!!!***

(We're VERY excited about this!)

"A number of our contacts in #admissions offices confirmed this past weekend what we’ve surmised for the past four years was inevitable: College Board is eliminating the SAT Subject Tests program."

"The Subject Tests’ demise is the news most immediately relevant to those who advise students, but other announcements are expected as well. The SAT Essay will be eliminated too, which will shorten and simplify test administration. The Subject Tests and Essay have been on a steady decline and became even less supportable during the pandemic. College Board is focusing resources on their popular AP program and on the race against ACT to move testing online in ways that are secure, equitable, and more efficient."
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https://www.compassprep.com/sat-changes-announced/

***BREAKING NEWS!!!***

(We're VERY excited about this!)

"A number of our contacts in #admissions offices confirmed this past weekend what we’ve surmised for the past four years was inevitable: College Board is eliminating the SAT Subject Tests program."

"The Subject Tests’ demise is the news most immediately relevant to those who advise students, but other announcements are expected as well. The SAT Essay will be eliminated too, which will shorten and simplify test administration. The Subject Tests and Essay have been on a steady decline and became even less supportable during the pandemic. College Board is focusing resources on their popular AP program and on the race against ACT to move testing online in ways that are secure, equitable, and more efficient."
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https://www.compassprep.com/sat-changes-announced/

Didn't Get Enough Financial Aid For College? You Can Ask For More Money 01/18/2021

Didn't Get Enough Financial Aid For College? You Can Ask For More Money

“After you submit your financial aid application, college financial aid officers have the ability to reconsider aid packages when financial situations change, unexpected expenses emerge, or a person's circumstances are not fully captured on their FAFSA. It's officially called professional judgement, though most refer to it as the appeals process, and it's a power handed down by Congress.”
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https://www.npr.org/2021/01/17/957385763/didnt-get-enough-financial-aid-for-college-you-can-ask-for-more-money?fbclid=IwAR1xUIF0OgqWy7wQZerTUtX8imMtRRvBJ1wnn37CZ2lZeRZt4PQW0wTnjS8

Didn't Get Enough Financial Aid For College? You Can Ask For More Money The FAFSA uses tax data from two years ago to determine a student's eligibility for financial aid for college. But if your financial situation has changed since then, there are ways to get more money.

2020 Year in Review 01/12/2021

2020 Year in Review

Trinity University Admissions (thanks, Justin!) sent this to us saying we should look around the 2:25 mark. But watch the whole cool video —you’ll see many other Alamo Heights Independent School District connections.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3r0ToU_JS8&feature=youtu.be

2020 Year in Review In 2020, Trinity University was a force in motion. The community set its talents, its compassion, and its diverse viewpoints to work. We began the year with ...

14 Things Better Left Unsaid 01/05/2021

14 Things Better Left Unsaid

As admissions decisions come in for seniors, and as junior families are gearing up for the admissions process, these are some good things to keep in mind.

There is no better resource in the college admissions process than the Tulane University Admissions Blog. Don't spend thousands of dollars on independent college counselors who claim to be knowledgeable. Just read this blog, visit a lot of great schools, schedule meetings with your college counselor (we think he's pretty great!)--and it'll all be okay (and hopefully, fun!).
We promise.
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http://tuadmissionjeff.blogspot.com/2019/11/14-things-better-left-unsaid.html

14 Things Better Left Unsaid A blog about all things Tulane Admission with a lot of NOLA in here too.

FAFSA’s Expected Family Contribution Is Going Away. Good Riddance. 01/01/2021

FAFSA’s Expected Family Contribution Is Going Away. Good Riddance.

The Expected Family Contribution — a dreaded and confusing term for #parents about to send their children to #college — made little sense in the best of times. Now, it’s finally going away.
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https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/30/your-money/fafsa-expected-family-contribution.html?0p19G=0232

FAFSA’s Expected Family Contribution Is Going Away. Good Riddance. The dollar figure that the federal financial aid form spits out has long left families confused and despondent. And then there are those great expectations.

12/16/2020

Congratulations, Joy!
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Congratulations to Joy Scheick. She is headed to NYU Tisch School of the Arts to study #MusicalTheatre. Here is a #BTS shot of her video audition. We are so proud of you! #SeniorShoutOut Alamo Heights Independent School District Alamo Heights HS College Center

12/15/2020

AP Exam reminder!!! Late registration through December 18th.
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AP Exam reminder!!! Late registration through December 18th.
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Olivia Jade Apologizes For Her Role In College Admissions Scam: 'I Don't Deserve Pity' 12/08/2020

Olivia Jade Apologizes For Her Role In College Admissions Scam: 'I Don't Deserve Pity'

Lots of thoughts on this.
Check it out for yourselves and share yours, if you'd like.
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https://www.huffpost.com/entry/olivia-jade-apologizes-for-her-role-in-college-admissions-scam-i-dont-deserve-pity_n_5fcfa45ac5b619bc4c3634e0

Olivia Jade Apologizes For Her Role In College Admissions Scam: 'I Don't Deserve Pity' The 21-year-old daughter of Lori Loughlin appeared on "Red Table Talk" with Jada Pinkett Smith and spoke for the first time about the college admissions ...

Temple fined $700K in settlement over rankings scandal 12/07/2020

Temple fined $700K in settlement over rankings scandal

This is why rankings shouldn’t be the only thing that drives college lists.
It’s what you DO, not where you GO, that matters (you can accomplish great things anywhere!).
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https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/temple-fined-700k-in-settlement-over-rankings-scandal/article_f4b9e1c3-35e6-5f17-aabf-3a3f1d40effd.html

Temple fined $700K in settlement over rankings scandal Temple University will pay $700,000 as part of a settlement agreement for submitting falsified information to boost its business school’s reputation and rankings, the U.S. Department of Education announced Friday.

11/17/2020

Although we are the AHHS College Center, we promote ALL opportunities for students after they graduate. Today, we wanted to share this AMAZING trade program offered at St. Philip's College: The TX FAME Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) program (do yourself a favor and watch the YouTube video on their page):
#ImNotCryingYoureCrying

The TX FAME Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) program allows individuals to earn an Associate of Applied Science in Advanced Manufacturing Technology through St. Philip’s College Southwest Campus while working for a TX FAME company.

In this two-year Department of Labor registered apprenticeship, individuals attend classes two days a week and spend the remaining three days at their sponsoring company.

Individuals must both apply and be accepted to Alamo Colleges and a TX FAME company for the duration of the program. TX FAME companies have the flexibility of upskilling incumbent employees through this program or interviewing and bringing on an external candidate.

The benefit to the individual is that they are earning while learning, getting their education, and building their resume all at the same time- with the potential of zero student debt!

Learn more here:
https://www.txfame.com/advanced-manufacturing-technology/

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Although we are the AHHS College Center, we promote ALL opportunities for students after they graduate. Today, we wanted to share this AMAZING trade program offered at St. Philip's College: The TX FAME Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) program (do yourself a favor and watch the YouTube video on their page):
#ImNotCryingYoureCrying

The TX FAME Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) program allows individuals to earn an Associate of Applied Science in Advanced Manufacturing Technology through St. Philip’s College Southwest Campus while working for a TX FAME company.

In this two-year Department of Labor registered apprenticeship, individuals attend classes two days a week and spend the remaining three days at their sponsoring company.

Individuals must both apply and be accepted to Alamo Colleges and a TX FAME company for the duration of the program. TX FAME companies have the flexibility of upskilling incumbent employees through this program or interviewing and bringing on an external candidate.

The benefit to the individual is that they are earning while learning, getting their education, and building their resume all at the same time- with the potential of zero student debt!

Learn more here:
https://www.txfame.com/advanced-manufacturing-technology/

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