The Growing College Graduation Gap

First, some good news: In recent decades, students from modest backgrounds have flooded onto college campuses. At many high schools where going to college was once exotic, it’s now normal. Now for the bad news: The college-graduation rate for these poorer students is abysmal. Even as the college-attendance gap between rich and poor has shrunk, the gap in the number of rich and poor college graduates has grown. 

The Misguided Drive to Measure ‘Learning Outcomes’ (NY Times)

In 2018, more and more university administrators want campuswide, quantifiable data that reveal what skills students are learning. Their desire has fed a bureaucratic behemoth known as learning outcomes assessment. This elaborate, expensive, supposedly data-driven analysis seeks to translate the subtleties of the classroom into PowerPoint slides packed with statistics — in the hope of deflecting the charge that students pay too much for degrees that mean too little.

Why Is a College-Admissions Code of Ethics Such a Big Deal? (Chronicle of Higher Ed)

This week the DOJ requested information from several members of a committee that recently helped revamp NACAC's “Code of Ethics and Professional Practices,” an extensive list of rules and standards that govern the college admissions process. Why is law-enforcement’s top agency sniffing around an admissions association’s long-winded ethics code? 

What Colleges Want in an Applicant (NY Times)

The debate about who gets into the nation’s competitive colleges, and why, keeps boiling over.  And the admissions process isn’t fair. Like it or not, colleges aren’t looking to reel in the greatest number of straight-A students who’ve taken seven or more AP courses. A rejection isn’t really about you; it’s about a maddening mishmash of competing objectives.