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.

When Community College Is Free

Does free community college work? An experiment in Chicago suggests that the answer is yes. Two years ago, under a program called the Star Scholarship, Chicago began to offer free community college to all public high school graduates who earned a B average or higher and demonstrated near college-level proficiency in their work.

Since the program was created by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, roughly 1,000 students a year — about 5 percent of each Chicago Public Schools graduating class — have claimed their reward...The early results of this initiative have been incredibly encouraging. 

Will You Sprint, Stroll or Stumble Into a Career? (NY Times)

Colleges have attempted to make the four-year experience more predictable by adding a bevy of advising services and amenities so that essentially everything is done for students to ensure they graduate on time and secure a job afterward. But they also prevent students from building the resilience they will need as adults to manage risk and succeed in unpredictable careers.