Johnson C. Smith University announced 21 non-faculty layoffs Thursday (as well as the freezing of 30 unfilled positions) in response to a significant enrollment decline this fall, The Charlotte Observer reported. A year ago, fall enrollment at the university set a record at 1,801, but this fall it ended up at 1,387. A key factor in the decline, officials said, was tighter rules on loan eligibility that resulted in some students or families being denied loans that they received in the past -- an issue that has been a source of frustration at many historically black colleges this year.
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The Common Application, which has been posting increasingly optimistic updates about its attempts to fix the many bugs that surfaced in its new application system this fall, went even further on Friday. On the daily update on its Facebook page, the Common Application said that while some users experience slow response while updates were being made, "as we post this, everything is working normally." Judging from comments posted on that update, not everyone agrees. Some posts indicated that applicants and their high schools were no longer having problems. Others noted continued problems and poor response or no response from the help desk. Several said that they were going to alternatives -- such as snail mail -- for teacher recommendations. Many colleges have delayed early decision deadlines (November 1 at many institutions) but online comments suggests continued stress for applicants aiming for early decision.
The Universal College Application, a competitor to the Common Application (and with a fraction of participating colleges) announced on Friday that Washington University in St. Louis was a new participant. Washington University is the fifth college to join in the last month, amid growing frustrations with the Common Application. The others are: Hampshire and Trinity (Conn.) Colleges, and Princeton and Tufts Universities.
Martin University on Friday announced 16 faculty and staff layoffs, The Indianapolis Star reported. The layoffs follow an enrollment drop. The university expected to have 700 students enroll this fall, but ended up with only 522.
The Common Application -- facing intense criticism over technical glitches that have made it impossible for many people to apply to college -- on Friday issued a new update on its problems, and an apology. The statement pledged to do better at both fixing the problems and updating people on the status of the situation. "All of us who work with and for The Common Application -- from the Board of Directors to the staff to our technology partners at Hobsons -- understand the significance of this moment, both for the college application process and for the reputation of the association itself. To those of you who have offered words of support and encouragement, we thank you," the statement says. "To those of you who have lost faith in our ability to adequately meet the needs of you and your students, we understand."
Several colleges have delayed early decision or other deadlines in light of the difficulties students have had filing with the Common Application.
Submitted by Paul Fain on October 15, 2013 - 3:00am
Newly-released data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center tracks how 2.3 million high school graduates fared in transitioning to college over a three-year period. The report from the nonprofit Clearinghouse sets benchmarks for the college-going rates of public high school graduates, with specific categories for low-income, high-minority and urban high schools.