A roundup of recent news on admissions

Enrollment decline; new television show; debate over nursing degrees; student debt in New York City; veto on aid for for-profits in New York State.

ETS Cuts Pay for Some Test Raters

The Educational Testing Service sent an email to those who work as "raters" of the Graduate Record Exam and other tests this week telling them that their hourly pay is being cut from $20 to $15. Some of those who reached out to Inside Higher Ed said they were not happy about the change.

A spokesman for ETS issued this statement: "The change is being made as part of an effort to bring rater pay rates for ETS testing programs into closer alignment, and to bring ETS into line with current industry standards. While we understand the raters’ disappointment, this decision is necessary as a result of market conditions and for ETS to remain competitive."

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Roundup of admissions news

Chinese students at American universities; “post-traditional” learners; who changes majors?

Essay on affirmative action for male students

Jim Jump considers the extra point that was awarded -- only to male applicants -- by Brigham Young.

Despite concerns of many, early-admissions programs continue to see growing number of applicants

Many educators say these programs favor the wealthy, but more and more applications came in this year -- to all kinds of institutions.

Colleges scramble to recruit rapper Lil B

Rapper and Twitter personality Lil B tweeted that he would like to go to college. When you have 1.5 million followers and have released more than 50 mixtapes, that’s the sort of thing colleges notice.

Study finds that international students do not displace Americans

Research was done on graduate education, but paper suggests implications for undergraduate education as well.

Admissions Insider: Early Applications Are Up

In “Admissions Insider” this week:

And more …

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Essay of advice to counselors on how to help applicants writing admissions essays

Charlotte West offers advice for college counselors on the guidance they should provide applicants.

Medical schools have become more diverse, primarily because of Asian-Americans

Share of white students has dropped significantly in last 35 years, but Asian-Americans are alone among minority groups in seeing substantial gains. Black applicants have lowest admit rates.


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