Temple University and Montclair State University announced Tuesday that they will no longer require undergraduate applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores. Both institutions cited evidence that they can make admissions decisions based on grades in college preparatory courses, and both cited studies indicating that there are students who can succeed at their institutions but who may be hesitant to apply because they don't "test well." The announcements are notable because they come from large public universities. Many of the leaders of the test-optional movement have been small, private colleges.
A college basketball player accused of sexual assault at two colleges has found a third team to play for, enrolling on scholarship at Northwest Florida State College.
Brandon Austin was one of three University of Oregon basketball players who were suspended for up to 10 years last month after allegedly sexually assaulting a female classmate. He had been previously suspended from the Providence College basketball team for an alleged sexual assault there. Austin denies the charges and local law enforcement said it didn't have enough to charge him or any of the other men in either assault.
"The college has decided to give this young man an opportunity to continue his education," Steve DeMeo, Northwest Florida State's head basketball coach, said in a statement. "We have the experience, support and resources to help Brandon get back on track towards graduating and help him be a successful student athlete on and off the court."
The University of Maine’s partnership with the for-profit pathway program provider and international student recruiting company Study Group resulted in fewer students than hoped for in its first year, the Bangor Daily Newsreported. The target was to recruit 50 international students to the University of Maine and 20 to the University of Southern Maine in the first year. In fact, just four students enrolled at UMaine in fall 2013, one of whom withdrew; an additional 12 students enrolled later in the academic year and the university expects to enroll 20 new students this coming fall. The University of Southern Maine has enrolled one student through the partnership.
Maine officials told the newspaper that by the time they signed the contract with Study Group – in March of 2013 – they’d missed that year’s recruitment cycle.
As Inside Higher Ed has reported, an increasing number of colleges have turned to corporate pathway providers like Study Group in hopes of increasing their international student populations.
Enrollment of out-of-state students continues to rise, and provoke debate, at University of California campuses. The Los Angeles Times reported that the percentage of new freshmen from outside California will hit 20.2 percent in the fall, up from 18.3 percent last year and 15.5 percent the year before. While some public universities have for years admitted substantial percentages of their students from outside their states, the trend is relatively new for California, where officials say it is necessary because of the tuition revenue the students bring. The highest share of out-of-state students in the fall will be at UCLA (30.1 percent), followed by Berkeley (29.8 percent) and San Diego (28.4 percent). Merced is the lowest at 1.2 percent.
British universities are less likely to admit ethnic minority applicants than they are white applicants, even when controlling for academic record, social background and other factors, Times Higher Education reported. The finding was from a study done by the London School of Economics and Political Science. The disadvantage is most evident for Pakistani applicants.
Bryn Mawr College announced Monday that it will no longer require standardized tests for admissions. In 2009, the college went "test flexible," under which a range of standardized tests -- not just the SAT and ACT -- could be considered, but applicants were still required to submit standardized test scores. Now the college has gone test-optional and no scores are required. Officials said that they found little valuable information from test scores on top of what they could find about applicants from their high school grades and other parts of their applications.
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is releasing draft policy guidance on conditional admissions policies clarifying that international students must meet all admissions standards for a given program – including English language proficiency requirements – in order for the university to issue an I-20, the legal document that students need to apply for visas. The draft guidance would mean that universities can't issue I-20s for a degree program in cases in which admission is conditional on successful completion of an English language program, but they can issue two separate I-20s, one for the English language program and one -- once a student meets the English language requirements – for the degree program.
The draft guidance on conditional admission, to be posted on the Study in the States website today, is the first installment of a second draft (the first draft, on conditional admission and pathway programs, came out in May 2013). Because of the complexity of the issue SEVP has opted to release this draft in multiple installments.