School Counselors’ Blog

We Can Expand Access for Low-income Nebraskans


As the nation reels from this pandemic, experts at EducationQuest have noted a drop in low-income families submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This decline suggests more students from low-income homes are delaying or abandoning their college plans. This trend is concerning for the predictable impact it has on students’ lifelong income potential.

(You can track trends in federal student aid using Form Your Future’s FAFSA tracking resource.)

Superscoring widens access, equity and inclusion gap

Rule changes to the ACT will give your students some new options for retesting starting in September. While these new rules provide benefits to some students, there is reason for concern about the changes’ overall impact.

Bill Motzer, Nebraska Wesleyan University’s vice president for enrollment management, wrote the following op-ed in the Omaha World-Herald on January 11:

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How do you measure a school’s impact?

Every college search boils down to questions of fit and value.

Students should ask themselves, “Of the schools that fit my needs, which one provides the greatest value for my investment? Which school will give me the greatest impact?”

And when it comes to gauging a school’s impact, the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) has some great advice. They identified 11 high-impact practices associated with graduates’ career success.

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Wesleyan Honors Festival: An excellent opportunity for music students

High school band, choral and orchestra students who auditioned and earned a spot will participate in the Wesleyan Honors Festival at NWU February 13-15.

This NWU Music tradition is a wonderful opportunity for high school music students. They’ll be immersed in the college-level study and performance of band, choral and orchestral music. They’ll meet NWU Music faculty and work with talented guest artists.

This year’s honored clinicians include Diane Koutsulis (band), Jake Runestad (choir) and Richard Meyer (orchestra).

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More scholarship events in 2020

Your students still have an opportunity to earn a scholarship to attend Nebraska Wesleyan University by going to an upcoming scholarship event. But the window is closing.

Students automatically receive a renewable $1,000 scholarship when they attend their first event. They can earn another renewable $1,000 Campus Visit Grant when they take an official campus tour.

NWU’s remaining scholarship events include:

Rising Stars Scholarship Event in Kansas City
January 12, 2020

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NWU is for performers

There is no better undergraduate theatre program in the region than Nebraska Wesleyan University’s.

We’re nationally renowned for giving students more opportunities to perform. For the second year in a row, Onstage Blog ranked NWU among the top 30 BFA programs in the country for both acting and musical theatre.

And we’re about to get even better. This spring, NWU will begin a multimillion-dollar theatre facility renovation. New seating, a new stage and an expanded lobby and box office will provide even more creative possibilities for theatre students.

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