Jun 6, 2011

HS CounselorWeek: Keeping Current on Colleges, Admissions, and Kids

It’s getting close to the end of the school year and time to thank Gene Kalb for the outstanding work he does on behalf of High School (HS) CounselorWeek, one of the best news sources for information on colleges and admissions.

For those new to the concept, HS CounselorWeek is a FREE internet newsletter containing links to stories and resources targeted to counselors, educators, and anyone with a stake in the college admissions process. But it’s not just for professionals. Parents, students, hobbyists, and other admissions junkies are more than welcome to subscribe.

There’s nothing flashy about HS CounselorWeek—no videos, gadgets or gimmicks. Subscriptions are divided into editions—Western, Southern, NorthEast, and MidWest. I receive the maroon and gray NE edition, but I could as easily receive the aqua and gold southern edition—DC seems to fall somewhere between.

Within each newsletter, links are provided to articles subdivided into areas of interest—big picture, college admissions process/strategies, campus visits, college price, parents, summer, athletics, etc. Links to articles with specific geographic content are also provided. But I really appreciate the attention paid to important subjects such as bullying and teen drinking.

What’s truly amazing about what Gene does is that somehow he manages to read every article in every major media outlet in the country and hit the best, most useful, and current in college admissions. You’ll find links to USA Today, Inside Higher Ed, Forbes, Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, US News & World Report, and the Washington Post.

Smaller and more regional news outlets are also included such as the San Ramon Express or the Charlotte Observer. And once in a while, links appear to articles in the Washington, DC edition of Examiner.com. Those are the weeks I sit up and take notice.

Gene makes it very easy to subscribe and/or unsubscribe depending on where you are in the college admissions process. The newsletter may be shared free-of-charge on school websites and contains only a few unobtrusive ads to help defray costs.

All the best in-school and independent college counselors I know subscribe to HS CounselorWeek. It’s free, dependable, and a truly wonderful resource.

Thank you, Gene. And have a great summer! (HS CounselorWeek takes an annual vacation during the summer months).

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