Three private colleges are speaking out against a plan by the University of Massachusetts to start a satellite campus in Springfield, The Republican reported. The university says that it will be better able to meet education needs in the area. "UMass officials as well as others outside of the system who are proponents of the center are fully aware of our belief that any duplication of programs already existing in the local private colleges, as well as at the strong public community college already right within the city (and another in nearby Holyoke), results in unnecessary and costly replication of what is already being successfully offered. We continue to object to any duplication of effort that might flood an already mature market in the areas where we have programs," says the statement, from American International College, Springfield College and Western New England University.
McGill University is facing scrutiny and criticism over an increased emphasis on diversity in medical school admissions, The Montreal Gazette reported. In the context of Quebec, diversity at McGill (historically an institution serving the English-speaking minority) in part means recruiting more Francophone students. In 2010, McGill eliminated the requirement that applicants take the Medical College Admission Test, which is not offered in French. Since then Francophone enrollment has increased from 31.6 to 37.5 percent. Some at the university, however, say that highly talented Anglo applicants are being rejected unfairly in the name of diversity. In Canada, the vast majority of medical students enroll in their home province, so this shift raises issues for Anglo students who are unlikely to be admitted to Quebec's Francophone medical schools.
Most students either "undermatch" (enroll at lower-quality colleges than they could get into) or "overmatch" (enroll at colleges that typically have better students than they are), new study finds. And students' choices -- not colleges' decisions -- are the reason why.
Researchers identify two broad categories of those who borrow to pay for college -- each distinct from the norms of those who don't borrow. Both miss out on what has been considered the classic college experience.
Justice Department halts investigation of discussions among private college leaders on ways to shift spending from non-need-based to need-based aid. Some say the review -- even now that it's over -- has made institutions too nervous to go forward.
Hood College, in Maryland, and Regis College, in Massachusetts, have both announced that they are ending requirements that all applicants submit the SAT or ACT. Hood suggests that those who do not wish to submit test scores have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.25 and schedule an on-campus interview. Regis says that it will still require the SAT or ACT for applicants to its undergraduate nursing program, and for home-schooled applicants.
A new poll by Citi and Seventeen looks at which expenses related to college students handle themselves and which ones their parents handle. For most items -- including tuition -- the results are mixed. There is one item on which parents are far more likely than students to pay the bill: monthly phone bills.
The University of Oslo has rejected the application of Anders Behring Breivik, a mass killer, to study political science, AFP reported. Breivik, a right wing extremist, is in jail for his 2011 attacks that killed 77. Norway encourages prisoners to seek education (typically through distance programs) and Breivik's prison had no problem with his applying to enroll remotely. But word of the application set off a debate at the university, with some faculty members saying that they would refuse to teach him. The university said that it evaluated the application under normal procedures and rejected Breivik because he had not finished his high school degree.