I sometimes think I went to the wrong college. By many measures — most of them financial — my choice...was not the smartest one.
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.
Everywhere I go, people want to talk about one thing: college.
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.
10 of the most frequently asked questions about rolling admissions answered, in brief.
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?
The U.S. Department of Justice has launched an investigation into whether the ethics code of the National Association for College Admission Counseling violates federal antitrust law.
New data suggests that some community colleges are doing a much better job of preparing students for future success than they’ve gotten credit for. Lawmakers and students may want to take a fresh look at them as an affordable starting point on the road toward a college degree.
How are new students feeling? What matters to them? Are they where they want to be? The Higher Education Research Institute at U.C.L.A., which has been surveying first-year students across the country for more than half a century, has some answers
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.
There’s no magic formula for getting into a selective college, but these takeaways, based on hundreds of interviews with admissions deans over the years, may help you navigate the process.