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Veterinary schools expand, with focus on large animals

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Professional schools that have been nearly impossible to get into are adding slots.

Federal probe raises new questions on discrimination against Asian American applicants

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Conventional wisdom says Asian-American applicants face higher hurdle than others at elite colleges. Federal probe raises question of whether differential standards can be proven and -- if so -- would violate the law.

Two-year colleges in California move toward rationing student access

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While California's community college system debates how to ration student access, two of its institutions have begun the sometimes-painful process.

Delaware Starts 4 Years of Test-Optional Admissions

The University of Delaware Faculty Senate has approved a four-year experiment in which applicants will no longer be required to submit SAT or ACT scores. Nancy Targett, acting president of the university, said in a statement that “the university’s future is predicated on our commitment to equity and inclusion. We value diverse backgrounds and learning experiences, and this program aligns with that commitment.” While an increasing number of colleges are going test optional, relatively few flagship universities have made such a shift.

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Goucher reports that students admitted via video did better academically than other students

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Goucher says students admitted on the basis of a short film did better academically than those who applied in traditional ways. But is sample large enough to be meaningful?

Princeton University will resume transfer admissions for first time since 1990

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Experts see move as one sign of increased interest by highly competitive colleges in transfers.

NYU questions Common Application on value of asking applicants about criminal records

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NYU asks Common Application if it can demonstrate the value of asking applicants about their criminal or disciplinary records. If there is no proof, does that change the debate?

Mills Goes Test Optional in Admissions

Mills College announced last week that it will no longer require the SAT or ACT for admissions. College officials cited research showing that many minority and low-income students want the option to be judged on measures other than test scores.

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Siena Heights U Goes Test Optional on Admissions

Siena Heights University, in Michigan, announced last week that it will no longer require applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores. “The test-optional policy should strengthen and diversify an already outstanding applicant pool and will broaden access for those high-achieving students who have historically been underrepresented at selective colleges and universities, including students of color, first-generation students and students from low-income households,” said a statement from George Wolf, vice president of enrollment management.

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The SAT, the Blizzard and Security Concerns

Many students who planned to take the SAT Saturday are being forced to change plans. A blizzard hitting the East Coast has already led numerous test centers to shut down and call off testing planned for Saturday. This webpage notes the rescheduling of the SAT at those testing centers.

The College Board also announced Thursday it was calling off Saturday administrations of the SAT at some Asian test centers. "This decision is based on evidence that some students have been exposed to test materials intended for this administration. We have done our best to limit the number of centers canceled and the impact to students," said an email the College Board sent to admissions officials.

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