Quick Takes: 1 Million Online Common Applications, Protest at Michigan Museum, Chinese Warnings Worry Canadian Educators

February 20, 2007
  • The Common Application -- which allows students to use the same application to apply to multiple colleges -- last week recorded its one millionth online application this academic year, up from 682,357 online applications during the entire previous academic year. While many have feared that the online Common Application would lead to a sharp increase in the number of colleges that students apply to, the average number of colleges of online applicants this year through Common Application is 3.9, a marginal increase from last year's average of 3.8.
  • A group of University of Michigan students on Sunday placed screens over dioramas at the university's Exhibit Museum of Natural History to prevent viewing of depictions of Native American life hundreds of years ago, The Ann Arbor News reported. The students maintain that the depictions are historically questionable and demean American Indians.
  • Canadian educators are concerned about warnings issued by Chinese officials about some low quality, private career colleges in Canada, The Toronto Star reported, and a new law in Ontario aims to assure foreign students and others of higher quality in these programs.
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