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Israeli Universities Oppose Government Admissions Plan

Israel's universities are objecting to a government plan to require that one in three students be admitted based only on their high school grades, and not on national admissions tests, Haaretz reported. University officials say that the tests are crucial, particularly in evaluating applicants in the sciences. One official told Haaretz: “If everyone wants to study the humanities that might be true, but in those departments there was never a problem getting accepted.”

Three years after launch, 'U.S. News' rankings of online programs still draw mixed response

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U.S. News & World Report continues to tweak its ranking of online programs, but critics say the publication's claims about their importance go too far.

Western Governors' deepening partnership with StraighterLine creates a new path to completion

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Western Governors University steers rejected applicants to StraighterLine, an online course provider that acts as a low-risk way for students to prepare to earn a degree.

Intervening with high performing, low-income students changes enrollment patterns, study finds

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Intervening with low-income, high-ability high schoolers can change college choices in favor of more competitive institutions, study finds. But their images of liberal arts colleges and flagship universities may still deter enrollments.

Thomas College Goes Test-Optional in Admissions

Thomas College, in Maine, announced last month that it is dropping its requirement that undergraduates submit SAT or ACT scores. A statement from Thomas said: "The college will continue to accept scores from applicants that choose to submit their test results, but the college feels that standardized test scores are not as accurate as an applicant’s high school career in predicting success in college for most students."

 

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Hopkins Incorrectly Sends Acceptance Email to Nearly 300

Nearly 300 early-decision applicants to Johns Hopkins University who were rejected or deferred incorrectly received acceptance emails from the institution, The Washington Post reported. The university notified the students of the mistake and apologized for the error.

 

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Education Dept. Finds No Violation in Florida Scholarships

The Education Department's Office for Civil Rights has closed an investigation of a Florida scholarship program, finding no civil rights violations, The Miami Herald reported. The investigation was based on complaints that the use of SAT and ACT scores for parts of the scholarship program had a negative impact on black and Latino students' ability to win the full scholarships. The Education Department found that the use of test scores does diminish the chances of black and Latino students, but this is not illegal, according to the department.

Bob Schaeffer, public education director of FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing, which filed the complaint against the Florida scholarships, issued this statement: "It is not surprising that the U.S. Department of Education, a national leader in promoting misuse and overuse of standardized exam results to assess students, teachers and schools, would decline to take action against Florida’s test-score based scholarships despite its own finding of the program’s 'statistically significant' negative impact on African Americans and Hispanics. We are pleased, however, that USDOE recognized that some students who score low on the SAT and ACT will do well in college."

 

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Chicago high schoolers more likely to earn college degrees

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The percentage of Chicago ninth-graders who will earn a bachelor's degree within 10 years has doubled, due to increased high school graduation and college enrollment rates. But the base was quite low.

Scripps College Will Admit Transgender Women

Scripps College has become the latest women's college to adopt policies explicitly allowing the admission of transgender women. Under a shift announced last week, the college will admit applicants who are identified on their birth certificates as women, or who self-identify as women. The college also will not require government issued documentation to verify sex or gender identity. A statement from the college said that the board's new policy "reiterates Scripps’ identity as a women’s college and commits to uphold its legacy as a 'community of women' for current and prospective students, graduates, and partners while recognizing gender as a social construct that has evolved over time."

The Scripps shift follows new policies by Mills College and Mount Holyoke College to admit transgender applicants.

 

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Court ruling advances cause of coeducation at Deep Springs College

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Judge rules that trust that supports Deep Springs College can have mission broadened from "education of promising young men" to "education of promising young people."

 

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