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College Board unveils plans for new SAT, including a completely revamped writing test

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College Board will try new approach to essay, drop the penalty for wrong answers and work with Khan Academy to provide free test-prep. Some experts like the changes (or most of them), while others see a bid to catch up to the ACT.

College ratings proposal is already leading one university to change admissions standards

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One university says it has already begun denying admission to “risky” applicants over fears of how it would be rated under the Obama ratings proposal.

Study finds little difference in academic success of students who do and don't submit SAT or ACT

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Large study finds nearly identical academic performance by students who submitted and didn't submit SAT or ACT scores at test-optional colleges.

Flagler College admits that vice president changed admissions statistics

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Flagler admits that it altered test scores, grades and class ranks of new students, and a senior official resigns after he acknowledges making the changes.

UVa backs away from loan-free offer to its poorest students

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Why is the University of Virginia backing away from a student aid policy that succeeded in attracting more low-income students? And why is UNC standing by a similar policy?

Admissions leaders gather and consider how to define merit

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Admissions leaders gather to consider how to promote broader definitions of worthiness and more diversity in their classes -- all while dealing with the pressures of money and rankings.

Syracuse, after refusing to play the rankings game, may care again

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After years of decisions that increased diversity but didn't help it in the rankings, Syracuse University might start caring again.

Most presidents doubt Obama's plan to promote affordable higher education

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Gallup/Inside Higher Ed poll of college presidents find that most doubt many aspects of the president's plan to make college more affordable.

Study finds that high schoolers who are physically attractive are more likely to complete college

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High schoolers who are physically attractive are more likely than others to complete college, study finds.

Major 2-year colleges and selective 4-year institutions create national transfer network

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American Honors, a venture capital-funded effort to help students transfer from two-year-college honors programs to selective universities, grows to four community colleges and 27 four-year institutions.

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