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Quick Takes: Rollins Drops Admissions Test Requirement, Scholars Win Pulitzers, 24 Community Colleges Added to 'Achieving the Dream'

April 17, 2007
  • Rollins College, in Florida, announced Monday that it would no longer require applicants to submit standardized test scores. “It is too easy to be distracted by low test scores that are not accurate predictors of a student's college academic potential,” said David Erdmann, dean of admission for Rollins’s College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Scholars were among the winners of the 2007 Pulitzer Prizes, announced on Monday. Natasha Trethewey, an associate professor of English at Emory University, won the prize for poetry, for Native Guard, a collection published by Houghton Mifflin. Debby Applegate, who has taught at Yale and Wesleyan Universities, won the prize for biography for The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher, published by Doubleday. Gene Roberts, a professor of journalism at the University of Maryland at College Park, along with co-author Hank Klibanoff, managing editor of The Atlanta Journal Constitution, won the history prize for their book,  The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation, published by Alfred A. Knopf.
  • Achieving the Dream, a national effort to help community colleges find ways so that more of their students complete programs and/or transfer to earn bachelor's degrees, announced Monday that it is adding 24 colleges, bringing the total number of participating colleges to 82.
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