Interested in what’s trending in education? Here are a few highlights from recent education news.

10 Ways To Bond With Your Child's College Counselor
Forbes, Willard Dix

Dix provides a list of ways for parents to create strong and positive relationships with their child’s college counselor and shed light on how college counselors can make the college admissions process less burdensome for parents too. In his list of suggestions, Dix reminds parents to quickly respond to counselors messages to ensure no deadlines are missed. Naviance is as a tool that helps parents keep up with the college admissions process.

Tennessee Department of Education Outlines Path Forward for All Tennessee Students to be Ready for College and Career
The Knoxville Focus

Tennessee officials have launched an initiative to focus on students’ readiness for life after high school. The Tennessee Department of Education released the Seamless Pathways: Bridging Tennessee’s Gap Between High School and Postsecondary report at an event attended by elected officials, students, educators, and community members. The report provides recom­mendations to ensure Tennessee continues to move toward achieving its statewide goals for postsecondary completion set by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

Iowa college readiness report shows chances, hurdles in reaching 2025 goal
The Gazette (Cedar Rapids), Vanessa Miller

The State of Iowa released its first Postsecondary Readiness report this week. The report shows that more than 71 percent of Iowa high schoolers who graduated in 2010 enrolled in some form of college or workforce training within a year. The report generates optimism for Gov. Terry Branstad for accomplishing his goal of 70 percent of the state’s workforce having some form of postsecondary education or training by 2025. The Postsecondary Readiness Report is a joint effort between the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Workforce Development, and the Board of Regents.

New Survey Reveals When/Why College Admissions Officers are Taking a Closer Look at Applicants' Social Media Profiles
Yahoo! Finance

Nearly 80 percent of college admissions officers said verifying “quality of character” is an important part of the admissions process, and half indicated they’d checked applicants’ social media profiles, according to a recent survey conducted by The Social U. The survey also showed that 57 percent of admissions officers had discovered concerning material when reviewing profiles, including negative posts about the college or university to which the student had applied.

Who Is Really Benefiting From Early Access to Federal Student Aid?
RealClearEducation, Gregg Scoresby

U.S. Department of Education data suggests students are taking advantage of the earlier application submission deadline for FAFSA. However, a closer look at the data reveals those who are applying for FAFSA earlier are not necessarily the low-income students the new rule aimed to help. Compared to 2015, early FAFSA applicants were more likely to be higher-income, non-Pell eligible, dependents, and have parents who attended college. Scoresby states that while early FAFSA is a good first step, to ensure its success students need to “receive the information they need concerning aid and admissions early and often.”

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