May 18, 2007
In the two weeks since 12 college presidents started a challenge to the way U.S. News & World Report ranks colleges, the movement has gained numbers and may also be expanding beyond its base. At least 15 other colleges have now signed on, which organizers say is a major step forward because many had not expected much more movement until members of the Annapolis Group -- which includes hundreds of liberal arts colleges -- gather for a meeting next month where the topic is to be discussed.
May 10, 2007
Alexander C. McCormick writes about the problem with 'U.S. News' rankings that nobody talks about.
May 9, 2007
In a mix of individual students' stories and demographic analysis, a new book by Peter Sacks offers a critical analysis of the role of colleges in the class structure of the United States. Tearing Down the Gates: Confronting the Class Divide in American Education is being published this month by the University of California Press. The book urges colleges to pay much more attention to issues of class, and to breaking down class barriers.
May 9, 2007
Worcester Polytechnic becomes first competitive science university to drop test requirement for admission.
May 7, 2007
After years of complaints and months of talk about challenging the role of U.S. News & World Report in ranking colleges, 12 college presidents have come forward with a call to arms. In a letter being sent to hundreds of liberal arts college presidents, the 12 call for their colleagues to stop filling out the survey of institutional reputations that makes up 25 percent of scores in the rankings -- the largest single factor in the formula.
April 27, 2007
Prominent admissions dean resigns after university found she had misrepresented her academic background.
April 26, 2007
All Texas parents keep a watchful eye on their progeny's performance in high school, knowing that a "top 10 percent" class rank guarantees admission to the state college of their choice. There are variants in other states, but this is the best known. Acclaimed by many for opening doors to higher education for disadvantaged students at the state's most prestigious university, the program is now the target of sharp criticism from the University of Texas at Austin.
April 25, 2007
New Web site "decodes" -- and grades -- financial aid award letters.
April 19, 2007
Colleges winning acclaim for shifts in strategies are doing more to help themselves in the competition for students than to help students who can't afford college, writes Daniel F. Sullivan.
LaGuardia Community College’s students, faculty, and staff have demonstrated the courage to question, the drive to experiment and the will to change, ...
Washington and Lee University, the nation’s ninth oldest institution of higher education, is an independent liberal arts university that develops stud...