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Debate over essay question and role of Brazil's admissions exam

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A controversial question is both praised and criticized, drawing attention to the powerful role of a single test.

Doubts Raised on Findings on Low-Income Students

Many educators have expressed concern about the findings in a new analysis from the American Council on Education, which note a significant drop since 2008 in the proportion of low-income recent high school graduates who enroll in college. But some analysts are raising questions about the analysis because it is based on data from the Current Population Survey of the U.S. Census Bureau.

The above tweet links to this article from March -- by Matthew M. Chingos of the Brookings Institution and Susan Dynarski of the University of Michigan -- that questions the reliability of income data from the survey, and cautions against drawing conclusions from it on questions of student access to higher education.

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Idaho direct enrollment program automatically admits high school seniors to public colleges

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A new statewide initiative automatically admits graduating seniors to college in Idaho.

College Board Investigates International Scores

The College Board has notified some students who took the SAT outside the United States this month that their scores are being delayed due to an investigation into a possible security breach. The review could take up to five weeks.

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Promise program sharply lifts Tennessee college freshman enrollment

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Tennessee Promise drives dramatic increases in freshman enrollments at the state's two-year institutions.

College of New Rochelle Considers Coeducation

The College of New Rochelle, which has an undergraduate liberal arts college for women and graduate and professional programs that serve women and men, is considering going completely coeducational. The college sent a letter and an FAQ to alumnae, seeking input. The materials make points similar to those offered by other women's colleges that have decided to admit men, with an emphasis on the very small proportion of high school girls who will consider women's colleges.

Such shifts at some women's colleges have led to major protests. Alumnae have created a Facebook page, and it is clear many of them are disappointed by the shift, but also that many fear for the financial future of the college as currently operated.

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NCAA Chief Warns Colleges on Academics

INDIANAPOLIS -- It is the job of universities with big-time sports programs -- not the National Collegiate Athletic Association -- to ensure that athletes are taking real courses and earning high-quality degrees, the NCAA's president told a roomful of public university presidents and other administrators Sunday.

Mark Emmert, the association's president, said that significant increases in the academic preparation of freshmen at many colleges and universities have put athletes -- whose academic profile has changed little -- at a growing disadvantage, creating a "mismatch" on "a lot of campuses." Athletes are competing in the classroom with ever-stronger students while spending "spectacular amounts of time" on their sports. That tension makes it incumbent on institutional leaders to ensure that "we are not cheating young men and women by not providing them academic programs of high quality," Emmert said.

"It's not the role of a national athletic association to say what an English course has to be to have integrity," he said. "Some people somehow think the NCAA ought to be able to walk onto campus" and play that role. "But that’s your job; you have to make sure you’re doing it."

Emmert's comments come at a time when the NCAA is preparing to increase its eligibility standards for athletes, and amid a rash of academic scandals that some attribute to the pressure on colleges to keep academically underprepared athletes eligible.

U of California Plan Would Boost In-State Enrollment

The University of California is planning to increase by 10,000 the number of Californians enrolled in system campuses by 2018, The Los Angeles Times reported. System officials said more Californians will be enrolled at all UC campuses. The plan follows criticism of the university for in recent years increasing out-of-state enrollments, a move the university has defended as necessary for revenue gained from the higher out-of-state tuition rates. University officials said they plan to pay for the increased California enrollment by phasing out the use of state and university financial aid funds for low-income students from outside California.

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Who are first-generation students and how do they fare?

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Research finds varying definitions of "first generation" result in big differences in how these students are counted -- but however they are defined, they lag behind their peers.

Duke Creates Program for First-Generation Students

Duke University on Thursday announced a new program for first-generation students or those from disadvantaged high schools, designed to help these students succeed at the university. The program will provide mentors, extra financial support and a summer "bridge" program to help students get ready for the academic demands of Duke. The university stressed that the participants will meet Duke's normal, highly competitive admissions standards.

“This is not remedial,” said a statement from Stephen Nowicki, dean and vice provost for undergraduate education. “But students who come, for example, from a less-resourced high school may not have taken Advanced Placement classes, while most of their Duke classmates have, so some start the race a few steps behind.”

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