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Study casts doubt on idea that spending more per student leads to better educational outcomes

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Study questions the relationship between how much colleges spend on education, and the quality of education that they provide.

Admissions leaders and legal experts debate how to define merit

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With Supreme Court decision on affirmative action looming, admissions and legal experts debate whether and how to move beyond test scores and grades, and whether "non-cognitive" measures will yield more diversity and more successful students.

Franklin & Marshall targets charter schools like KIPP for new source of students

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In pursuit of students who would be a good fit for its rigorous, supportive, small-community environment, Franklin & Marshall is tapping into urban charter schools.

Study says many highly talented low-income students never apply to top colleges

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More than half of the most talented potential applicants from low-income families never apply to a competitive college, study finds. And admissions officers may be looking for them in the wrong places.

Study documents admissions trends over last 10 years

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Survey finds applications are up, applications per student are up and old formulas about who will enroll don't work anymore. But for all the hysteria on admissions, study documents that most colleges still admit most applicants.

Despite promising election results, California higher education still faces uphill battle

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California higher education leaders see Tuesday’s election results as a potential boon for the state’s colleges and universities, but major financial problems could still complicate the systems’ recoveries.

Use of public tuition for financial aid likely to become a political issue in many states

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Policy change in Iowa reflects increased public skepticism about using tuition revenue for financial aid. Will such shifts end an unfair burden on middle-class students or abandon low-income students?

Debate over admissions and race at UCLA

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Report charging that UCLA considers race in admissions infuriates minority student groups, and illustrates how affirmative action debates can divide a campus, even one required to be race-neutral.

Colleges rethink need blind admissions in favor of meeting need

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Facing financial constraints and public pressure over students’ debt, some colleges move away from need-blind admissions -- which are often costly to the institution and students -- in favor of reducing "gapping."

Admissions and aid policies play a larger role than tuition in driving debt, paper finds

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New paper finds that admissions and financial aid policies play a larger role than tuition prices do in driving student debt.

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