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Report: Minority Students Overrepresented in Less Selective Colleges

A new analysis from the Center for American Progress shows black and Latino students are underrepresented in the country's most selective public research universities. As many as 193,000 black and Latino students would have enrolled in these selective colleges in 2014 if student representation was proportional, according to the report.

The study finds that minority students are overrepresented in less selective public four-year colleges, community and technical colleges. Approximately 9 percent of black students and 12 percent of Latino students attend top public research universities.

"Disparities in college enrollment matter, as the type of school a student attends plays a substantial role in their likelihood of successful completion," says the report. "The most elite public colleges conduct high levels of academic research, have selective admissions and produce strong outcomes. At these colleges, the average graduation rate is nearly double those at less selective public colleges."

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Concordia of New York Drops SAT/ACT Requirement

Concordia College (New York) has dropped its requirement that applicants must submit SAT or ACT scores. "Our small size affords us the ability for our applicants to be more than just a number," said a statement from Brian Sondey, Concordia's director of first-year admission. "Every applicant is unique and we believe in the holistic review of applications, with or without test scores."

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U of Houston Grows -- and Black Enrollment Falls

From the 2009-10 school year to 2015-16, enrollment at the University of Houston increased 18 percent, as the university also moved to boost research spending and athletics. But during that same time period, black enrollment fell 17 percent, The Texas Tribune reported. Black students went from making up 15 percent of the student body to 10 percent. Some black leaders have charged that the university has ignored the issue. Houston officials said that they are in fact paying more attention, and hope to reverse the trend.

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Only 86 Freshmen Enroll at Chicago State

Chicago State University's enrollment has plunged amid budget cuts and turmoil, with the university serving a largely black student body on the South Side of Chicago reporting overall enrollment down 25 percent over the past year and just 86 freshmen entering this fall.

The 86 freshmen enrolled counts full-time and part-time students. Chicago State has 3,578 students taking classes this fall, the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday. That's down from 7,362 in 2010. Of the students enrolled, 2,352 are undergraduates and 1,226 are graduate students.

Chicago State has suffered numerous difficulties in recent years, including an 11 percent graduation rate, the dismissal of President Thomas Calhoun Jr. this month after nine months on the job and funding difficulties brought on by the Illinois budget battle. Chicago State declared a financial emergency and laid off 40 percent of its employees this year while cutting academic programs and services.

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In Transitional Year, SAT Scores Drop on Old Test

The College Board today announces average scores on the SAT for last year's high school graduating class -- and such announcements are typically a time of debate over the state of education, the value of standardized testing, educational inequities and more. This year's results are somewhat difficult to analyze, because some students took the old version of the SAT and others the new. The College Board reported declines in the average scores from the class, but those averages are for those who took the old SAT. The ACT also reported declines this year, noting that more students are taking the test. Both the College Board and the ACT are pursuing more contracts with states to require high school seniors to take one test or the other, and that means more test takers may not in fact be prepared for or preparing for college.

In comparing the old SAT's scores for the class of 2016, compared to 2015:

  • The average for critical reading was 494, down from 497.
  • The average for math was 508, down from 512.
  • The average for writing was 482, down from 487.

Full results are available here, but readers are cautioned by the many caveats about comparisons because of the transitional year.

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Panelists warn of international student bubble

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American colleges and universities can't count on ever-increasing numbers of international students, panelists warn.

Admissions group calls for more transparency on use of agents to recruit international students

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Admissions group calls on colleges to require recruiting agents to disclose their financial ties to those they are seeking to recruit.

'All lives matter' comment discussed as NACAC conference closes

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The debate over the use of 'all lives matter' plays out in a public forum as NACAC conference closes.

BREAKING: NACAC President Apologizes for Saying 'All Lives Matter'

National Association for College Admission Counseling President Phillip Trout issued an apology Friday after saying “all lives matter” at the organization’s opening general session the day before.

“As the NACAC president, I wish to offer my sincere apology for the words I used yesterday afternoon at our opening general session,” Trout said in a message distributed Friday afternoon. “I am sorry to know that I have offended and hurt so many people.

“What I did is not right,” Trout continued. “I have asked for the support of my colleagues on the NACAC board to allow us to spend additional time addressing issues of race and human relations.

“With your help and advice, we will work hard toward making our association a center of inclusion and personal dignity for all counseling and admission professionals,” Trout concluded.

Trout had asked for a moment of silence Thursday to show support and consideration of those suffering discrimination and hurt. The request came as NACAC opened its national conference in Columbus, Ohio, as a national debate on race, discrimination and police tactics plays out across the country and on college campuses.

The phrase “all lives matter" has drawn objection in the past from those who see it as an affront to or minimization of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Trout, a college counselor at Minnetonka High School in Minnesota, is set to complete his time as NACAC president Saturday with the annual conference’s end. Nancy Beane, a college counselor at the Westminster Schools in Georgia, will be taking over the role.

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Demographic changes prompt changes to application reading

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Admissions officers talk about changing the way applications are read in order to keep up with demographic changes.

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