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Passing Up Harvard: Qualified Black and Latino Kids Aren't Applying to Top Colleges
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jul 28, 2015
“According to the study, which was produced by the National Bureau of Economic Research, black and Latino students are more likely than white students to apply to colleges that are closer to their home, that enroll large numbers of minority students, and that have a track record of success with students from their high school. “We consistently find that Hispanic students are least likely of all ethnic groups to apply to college overall and to elite flagship universities in particular,” wrote the study’s authors. The gap persists, according to the report, “even when Hispanic students attend high schools where a majority of students move on to college.” The problem also exists in states like Texas—the subject of the study—in which the top 10 percent of all graduating seniors get automatic admission to the state’s best universities.”
Mass murderer Breivik to study for degree behind bars
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jul 17, 2015
“Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has been admitted to a political science course, the University of Oslo said Friday, but his imprisonment means he is unlikely to earn a degree. Breivik killed 77 people in a rampage in Norway in July 2011, claiming he was fighting against multiculturalism and a "Muslim invasion". Norwegian convicts have the right to higher education if they meet the admission requirements and the course Breivik applied for could in theory lead to a bachelor's degree that would focus heavily on democracy and human rights.”
High schools are doing away with class rank. What does that mean for college admissions?
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jul 14, 2015
“For many of the same reasons that some high schools now allow multiple valedictorians, many are doing away with rank, making it secret or changing the system to allow multiple students to share the top spot. This has created a new problem for college admissions officers: How should class rank figure into a student’s application when so many students come from schools that no longer provide it?Read full article >>”
Count on Showing Financial Ability to U.S. Colleges
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jul 14, 2015
“"It's going to vary school by school," says Clara Priester, a regional educational advising coordinator for EducationUSA, which provides international students with information about U.S. schools. The process typically works like this: Students apply to a school, and either at that point or after they are accepted the school will request proof of finances for a year or more. After a school decides a student can pay, it will send the student an I-20 form to take to a U.S. embassy or consulate as part of the application for a student visa.”
Money Magazine’s new college rankings finally get it right for students
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jul 14, 2015
“In the very long history of American higher education, the idea of ranking colleges is actually a fairly recent development.Though it seems like they have been around forever, the U.S. News & World Report rankings were first published in 1983, and at that time only every other year. In 1989, the magazine made them an annual ritual, but just ranked the top 25 national universities. In the beginning, the magazine based its rankings solely on a survey sent to college presidents and admissions directors asking them to rank their peers on their reputation.Read full article >>”
A college-admissions disaster. And now, hopes for a happy ending
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jul 07, 2015
“Amelia Currin sailed through the winter of her senior year of high school in North Carolina, admitted early decision to her dream school, Sweet Briar College. She wore her pink-and-green T-shirts, talked about the school non-stop, plastered a Vixen mascot sticker onto her SUV. The private women’s college had the academics and the equestrian program she wanted, the setting in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains was gorgeous, and upperclassmen had befriended her the moment she walked onto campus for an unofficial visit.Read full article >>”
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