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Report on Graduate School Admissions

A new report by the Council of Graduate Schools finds that admissions leaders in graduate programs view "holistic" review -- in which applicants are evaluated individually, without a simple grid to determine decisions -- as effective generally and as a tool to increase diversity of student bodies. But the report notes that time constraints limit the use of holistic review. Further, the report notes that many admissions leaders want more information on how to link admissions criteria and student success.

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Admissions Officers Check Applicants on Social Media

About 40 percent of admissions officers say they research applicants on social media, according to a survey released Wednesday by Kaplan Test Prep. That's quadruple the percentage from a 2008 Kaplan survey. At the same time, the survey found that most admissions officers who do check social media don't use it often -- of those who use social media to check on applicants, 89 percent said they did so "rarely." Some of the reasons people check are potentially positive, such as investigating applicants' abilities and interests. But Kaplan officials have heard anecdotal reports of "admissions sabotage" in which some people send tips to admissions officers that other applicants have images on Facebook or elsewhere that might give an admissions panel doubt about offering a spot.

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NCAA punishes Louisiana-Lafayette over test fraud, and university sues ACT

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NCAA punishes U of Louisiana-Lafayette over egregious case of test fraud -- and the university in turn sues ACT over its role.

Federal Reserve economists say recent college grads are doing better than many believe

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Federal Reserve economists say while recent college graduates struggled during the economic downturn, they did better than most believe.

Some Counselors Unable to Access PSAT Scores

Many high school students will learn today how they did on the PSAT, and their high school counselors were in theory supposed to get information Wednesday on the scores of their students, as well as new information the College Board is providing on how high schools can keep PSAT takers on track to prepare for college. But on Wednesday, many high school counselors reported that the system wasn't working and they couldn't get to the information about their students. Zach Goldberg, a College Board spokesman, acknowledged "confusion" among counselors and said they were sent more detailed instructions after many reported difficulties. Goldberg said the issue should have no impact on students getting their scores today.

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States cry foul over U.S. plan to curtail access to FAFSA student data

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States worry that a Department of Education plan to curtail their access to data from the federal student aid form will cause headaches for state aid awards.

Reports of Indian students being turned away at border cast spotlight on two little-known California institutions

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Reports of Indian students being turned away by customs officials and prevented from boarding U.S.-bound flights cast spotlight on two little-known California institutions with 90 percent-plus international enrollment.

NYU reverses course on fee waivers in graduate admissions

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NYU changes policy and its website, and apologizes to would-be graduate student who went public after being told the university didn't grant waivers.

Illinois May Move From ACT to SAT for Statewide Testing

Illinois may shift from the ACT to the SAT for a statewide program to offer a college admissions test, The Chicago Tribune reported. ACT has filed a complaint, charging an inappropriate decision process, so the move is not final. Students of course may opt to use either test for their individual applications, but statewide contracts generally encourage students to at least start with the test used statewide.

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10 Hurt When Tree Falls During Vanderbilt Tour

Ten people were hurt when a large tree fell on a group starting an admissions tour Monday at Vanderbilt University. All 10 were taken to the hospital with injuries, none of them life threatening, and six were released. One of the injured is a Vanderbilt student who works as a guide and the others were prospective students and parents.

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