Study finds that East Asian Americans gain the most from SAT courses

Students whose families came to the U.S. from China, Japan or Korea are more likely than others to take SAT courses -- and to benefit from them with higher scores, study finds.

Elmhurst finds success with question on sexual orientation


At Elmhurst College, most applicants are answering an optional question about sexual orientation.

Effort to Repeal California's Dream Act Fails

Organizers have failed in their attempt to gather enough petition signatures to force a vote in California on whether to repeal the state's Dream Act, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. The drive needed about 500,000 signatures and was about 57,000 short. California's Dream Act allows -- in certain circumstances -- students who lack the legal documentation to live in the United States to receive state financial aid.


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Santorum Attacks Obama for Promoting Higher Ed for All

Rick Santorum is accusing President Obama of "snobbery" for saying that all Americans need at least some higher education, The Wall Street Journal reported. "We are leaving so many children behind,” said Santorum, whose candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination has been gaining ground of late, in New Hampshire on Saturday. "They’re not ready to go to [college.] They don’t want to go to college. They don’t need to go to college. I was so outraged that the President of the United States [said] every student should go to college." Added Santorum: "I have seven kids. Maybe they’ll all go to college. But if one of my kids wants to go and be an auto mechanic, good for him! That’s a good-paying job." As the article in the Journal noted, it is increasingly rare for political leaders to express that view, given that some higher education is now becoming necessary for many manufacturing jobs that once would not have required it.


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Admissions officers on front lines of law school crisis

In light of criticism about job placement and student debt in legal education, admissions officers discuss transparency in law school admissions.

NCAA convention presentation says some athletes lack basic academic skills

New research says the NCAA's eligibility rules result in academically deficient athletes being admitted to college, but the association disputes the findings.

Amid Dispute Over Scholarship Funds, Western Washington Fires Admissions Director

Western Washington University has fired its admissions director over practices she says were widely known for years and in place at other parts of the university, The Bellingham Herald reported. Karen Copetas, admissions director for more than 20 years, was found to have used scholarship money to pay students who work in her office, including at least four students who did not have legal status to reside in the United States. She says other departments at the university do the same thing and that senior officials know this -- statements that the university denies.


internal audit found evidence that she had illegally used scholarship money as compensation for students who worked in her office, including at least four students who did not have legal immigrant status.

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Hobsons Buys Intelliworks

Hobsons, one of the major companies that helps colleges recruit, communicate with and retain students, this morning announced that it has purchased Intelliworks. Craig Heldman, CEO of Hobsons, said in an interview that he saw the combination expanding the reach of the company. Hobsons has many more college clients than Intelliworks -- about 2,300 vs. 300. But the focus of Hobsons in higher education has been undergraduate institutions. About two-thirds of Intelliworks' college clients are in graduate, continuing or executive education -- and area of potential growth now for Hobsons. Todd Gibby, the Intelliworks CEO, will join Hobsons as managing director for higher education. Financial details of the transaction were not released.


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Bad Chemistry at U. of Ottawa

The reactions haven't been positive to a new ad to recruit top science students to the University of Ottawa. The Ottawa Citizen reported that the Canadian institution is embarrassed because the ad features bad chemistry. Students are portrayed with beakers or test tubes, apparently engaged in science. One woman is seen standing in front of images of molecules. The problem is that the images of the molecules would be obviously flawed to even a high school chemistry student. Some of the superscripts in the ad should be subscripts, some of the subscripts should be superscripts, some atoms have too many bonds and some don't have enough bonds, professors told the newspaper. Also, the woman seen studying chemistry is actually studying occupational therapy. Another professor reported that colleagues at the University of Montreal were making jokes about chemistry at the University of Ottawa.


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Arms Race for Top MBA Students

While many business schools are struggling with decreased interest in M.B.A. programs, those business schools that are at the top of the prestige lists are spending much more to attract top students, Fortune reported. Among "top 20" programs, at least four business schools -- those of Harvard, Northwestern and Yale Universities and the University of California at Los Angeles -- have increased average scholarship values by more than 100 percent since 2004-5, the magazine reported. "It is an arms race," said Alison Davis-Blake, dean of the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. "The race has gotten so hot, so fast that schools are using operating money to pay for a lot of these scholarships. No one had ever, ever done that in M.B.A. land. Almost everybody is doing it now."

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