The University of Texas Board of Regents adopted a policy Thursday under which a campus president may in a limited number of cases offer admission to a “qualified” applicant who would otherwise be rejected, The Austin American-Statesmanreported. The board acted in part due to a controversy over interventions by Bill Powers, formerly the president at UT-Austin, that many said exceed the sort of limited intervention others would accept. The board policy states that such instances must be “very rare” and in circumstances of “highest institutional importance.”
More than 80 years ago, the state of Michigan promised Native American tribes that if they would give up land Central Michigan University needed to expand, Native American students would forever attend public colleges in the state free. But as The Detroit News reported, the state has not been providing nearly enough money to keep its promise. This year the state provided only $3.8 million of the $8.5 million needed for the program. As a result, the colleges and universities that enroll Native American students lose money since they can't charge tuition, but the state doesn't provide the funds it promised, either. College and tribal officials are pushing the state to keep its promise, saying that failing to do so means that colleges have a disincentive to recruit Native American students.
California lawmakers decided to take a hiatus from requiring an exit exam to earn a high school diploma, so for the next few years, it's not essential. But for this spring's class of high school graduates, it remains a requirement, and some college admission offers are contingent on passing the exam. But as The San Francisco Chronicle reported, California officials decided to call off the July administration of the exam. The problem is that thousands of students who took the test before and failed at least part of it are now in limbo. In one case noted in the article, an admission offer was rescinded.
A federal judge on Friday upheld most of the rules an independent panel had ordered the Law School Admission Council to make so that people with disabilities could seek accommodations on the Law School Admission Test. The panel was set up as part of a settlement of a lawsuit brought by federal and California officials, arguing that people with disabilities were not having legitimate accommodations awarded. While the judge rejected a few of the panel's decisions, the vast majority of those challenged by the council were upheld. The rules stipulate the kind of documentation needed to demonstrate a disability requiring an accommodation. The council did not respond to a weekend request for comment.
And in a sign of the continued importance of the LSAT, the American Bar Association has ended after one year an exemption that allowed selected ABA-recognized law schools to admit up to 10 percent of their classes from applicants who hadn't taken the LSAT, The National Law Journal reported. Officials said that the exemption was confusing and inconsistent.
Two more colleges -- Marymount University, in Virginia, and Point Park University, in Pennsylvania -- announced Friday that they are creating options for undergraduate applications without SAT or ACT scores. In both cases, the option will be available to applicants with at least a 3.0 grade point average in college preparatory courses.
Western New England University has dropped its requirement that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. However, those applicants who opt not to submit test scores will be required to do an additional essay.
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The Association of American Medical Colleges on Monday released a report outlining steps taken and ideas for future strategies to increase the number of black male applicants to medical schools. The report comes amid concerns among medical educators about the inability of medical schools to attract more black male applicants -- a first step in enrolling more of such students. From 1978 to 2014, the number of black male college graduates increased, but the number of black male applicants to medical school dropped to 1,337 from 1,410.
Louisiana tried to tighten admissions standards by shifting remediation to community colleges. But when enrollment dropped at four-year universities, without increasing at two-year institutions, the state shifted course.