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Bennington introduces new option for applicants

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Bennington will give applicants complete control over how they want to present themselves, and becomes second college this month to become transcript-optional.

Mercyhurst Goes Test-Optional in Admissions

Mercyhurst University, in Pennsylvania, has announced that it is ending the requirement that applicants submit SAT or ACT scores. “Mercyhurst does not believe in reducing students to numbers and has always championed a holistic approach to admissions,” said a statement from the president, Tom Gamble. “Becoming test-optional allows us to focus more on the individual, which is consistent with our mission.”

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Syracuse U. curbs work with program to help urban youth attend college

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Under a chancellor who says he cares more about rankings than did his predecessor, Syracuse U. scales back involvement with well-regarded program for recruiting low-income and minority students -- and those students take note.

Students are asked to demonstrate more interest in colleges than just applying

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Some high school counselors fear a tactic used by college admissions officers to find students who most want to enroll is getting out of control.

 

Eastern Connecticut Now Test-Optional in Admissions

Eastern Connecticut State University has announced that it no longer requires SAT or ACT scores for undergraduate admissions.

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Minority Students Protest Cuts at Syracuse U.

Minority students at Syracuse University are protesting cuts that they say will hurt the enrollment of minority students, Syracuse.com reported. Among the cuts they are protesting are a decision to reduce from three to one the cities through which Syracuse will recruit students through the Posse Foundation, which places groups of students from disadvantaged areas in colleges that will support them and provide financial aid. Syracuse officials acknowledged that they were scaling back involvement with Posse, but said that the university was committed to "attracting the best and diverse students we can from across the nation."

The protests follow a presidential transition at Syracuse in which a president who focused heavily on diversity (and who said she didn't care about rankings) was succeeded by one who has indicated more interest in rankings.

 

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Common Application ends longstanding requirement that member colleges use holistic admissions

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Common Application changes membership rules such that colleges without application essays -- and even colleges that use formulas for admissions -- may now join.

Colleges now often rely on data, rather than gut, in hunt for students

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Colleges use data to predict who they should target as they hunt for students.

Research suggests relationship between siblings' college enrollment choice

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Young people commonly follow a brother or sister to college -- and even to a particular institution, finds a study with potential implications for push to improve higher ed access for underrepresented students.

New Guide on International Recruitment Agents

The National Association for College Admission Counseling has released a guide for colleges that are considering working with agents in international student recruitment. The report emphasizes the risks of institutions engaging with third-party agents and ethical concerns about paying agents per-capita commissions -- particularly in cases in which students and parents are not aware of the financial relationships between a given institution and an agent -- concluding that, “For these reasons, NACAC does not endorse the practice of commission-based international student recruitment.” But NACAC does now permit the practice (even if it doesn't endorse it) and for those institutions that choose to work with recruitment agents, the report provides advice on such topics as identifying and vetting agents, providing training, and monitoring agency performance. Among other things, the guide recommends that institutions list all of their agency partners on their website and that they contractually prohibit agents from “double-dipping” by charging students for services related to advising and application assistance. The guidance also recommends that contracts stipulate that agencies must disclose to students and their parents the fact that they receive compensation from the institutions that they represent. 

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