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What Students Want From College Ratings

A national poll of college and high school students about college ratings systems finds that the two factors in which they are most interested are the percentage of students working in their field one and five years after graduation, and the ability of graduates to repay their loans. The poll was released this week by Chegg, a company that offers textbook rentals and other services to students. The poll also found that despite the considerable debate within higher education about the Obama administration's proposed college ratings system, relatively few college students are aware of it. Eleven percent of high school students and 13 percent of college students said that they were aware of the proposal.

 

Should Berkeley Worry It Rejects 'Normal Students'?

In discussing a new committee to examine the finances of the University of California, Governor Jerry Brown has raised a new issue for consideration, whether "normal students" can get into the University of California at Berkeley, Capital Public Radio reported. In discussing the committee, he expressed concern over Berkeley's extremely competitive admissions. "You got your foreign students and you got your 4.0 folks," he said. "But just the kind of ordinary, normal students, you know they got good grades but weren’t at the top of the heap there, they’re getting frozen out."

 

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University Criticized for Kiss in Promotional Video

Canada's University of Moncton is facing criticism for a new promotional video that, in one scene, shows two students kissing in the library, CBC News reported. Clearly the video has attracted attention. But many students and faculty members don't like the approach. Marie-Noëlle Ryan, the president of the university's professors' and librarians' association, said the video was "pathetic." She explained: "It's the way it's like selling the university, like it's a beer product. And it's not that way that you will recruit serious students and people who really want to learn and have good diplomas."

 

 

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'The Atlantic' Revises Article on CUNY

The Atlantic has issued a more than 300-word correction to an article on admissions to four-year institutions in the City University of New York (CUNY). The piece, which the magazine published earlier this week, asserts that five of the system's colleges have gotten more selective during the last 15 years, and now admit fewer freshmen from New York City than was previously the case.

An earlier version of the article, however, began by detailing the plight of a local applicant who said he was rejected by several CUNY colleges. The system fired back with two written responses that challenged the claims by the student, who attends New York University. CUNY said the student was admitted to his four top choices in the system. On Thursday the magazine removed the anecdote, which "inaccurately portrayed the order of events that led the student to his ultimate decision about where to enroll in college," according to the correction note.

The Atlantic article was reported with funding from the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute, an advocacy group that focuses on the media, social justice and civil rights. On Thursday, it removed quotes from the chairman of the institute's board from the article. In addition, the magazine corrected various statistics about enrollment trends at CUNY. (Note: This paragraph has been updated from an earlier version to clarify information.)

"This article has been significantly revised post-publication to correct for factual errors in the original version," the magazine said.

 

Goucher and Bennington both report success with highly nontraditional admissions options

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In first year Goucher applicants may by judged on a short video and Bennington applicants by an application portfolio they design, both colleges report early signs of success.

Cabrini, Pine Manor Drop SAT/ACT Requirements

Cabrini College and Pine Manor College have become the latest institutions to drop requirements that all applicants submit SAT or ACT scores.

 

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New study links certain application essays and college success

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Does language use and topic selection predict academic success in college? A new study suggests it does. (Hint to high schoolers: Move beyond personal experiences.)

Israeli Universities Oppose Government Admissions Plan

Israel's universities are objecting to a government plan to require that one in three students be admitted based only on their high school grades, and not on national admissions tests, Haaretz reported. University officials say that the tests are crucial, particularly in evaluating applicants in the sciences. One official told Haaretz: “If everyone wants to study the humanities that might be true, but in those departments there was never a problem getting accepted.”

Three years after launch, 'U.S. News' rankings of online programs still draw mixed response

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U.S. News & World Report continues to tweak its ranking of online programs, but critics say the publication's claims about their importance go too far.

Western Governors' deepening partnership with StraighterLine creates a new path to completion

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Western Governors University steers rejected applicants to StraighterLine, an online course provider that acts as a low-risk way for students to prepare to earn a degree.

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