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Introducing a Shorter, ‘More Flexible’ ACT

The newly for-profit assessment company rolled out two “fundamental changes” to its namesake exam last week. What’s driving the overhaul?

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Desperate Times, Unorthodox Measures

The FAFSA fiasco set fall enrollments back, far behind targets for many vulnerable small colleges. Some are taking extreme steps to fill their empty seats.

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AP Exams Face a Security Test

An international cheating ring led to an uptick in AP score cancellations this year, expediting plans to digitize the exams. Will that make them more secure?

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Locking In a FAFSA Deadline

A House committee advanced a bill to mandate the FAFSA be released by Oct. 1 going forward. Democrats and higher ed advocacy groups are split over the proposal.

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The College Board’s FAFSA Takeover

The embattled Federal Student Aid office enlisted executives from the nonprofit to help launch next year’s aid form. Is it a necessary shake-up or an ethical blunder?

Tennessee College-Going Rate on the Rise

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission recently reported the largest year-over-year increase in the state’s college-going rate since the 2015 launch...
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Affirmative Action Ban’s Impact Is a ‘Black Box’

Bryan Cook wants to study how the Supreme Court’s affirmative action ruling is affecting diversity in higher ed. It’s proven more difficult than he bargained for.

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FAFSA Fiasco Forces Cuts at Small Colleges

Many small private colleges are surviving quarter to quarter, narrowly avoiding sweeping budget cuts. The bungled FAFSA rollout pushed some over the edge.