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Layoffs and ‘Transformation’ at a Testing Titan

ETS, which administers the SAT and owns the GRE, laid off 6 percent of its workforce. Some say the blow reflects the diminished role of testing in college admissions.

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A Political Standoff Over Affirmative Action

Politicians are settling into entrenched positions in the fight over how to interpret the Supreme Court’s affirmative action ban. Where does that leave colleges?

Wesleyan Goes Loan-Free for All Students

Wesleyan University in Connecticut announced Thursday that it would eliminate loans from its financial aid packages, joining a select group...
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Game On, Again, for Gainful Employment

The rule, which is stronger than versions released during the Obama administration, adds new disclosure requirements for all academic programs despite opposition from across higher education.

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Higher Ed Groups Have a Plan to Improve Financial Aid Offers

Nearly a year after the Government Accountability Office said that colleges are failing to tell students how much their education will actually cost, a new initiative aims to provide students with more clarity. But skeptics say Congress still needs to act.

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Test-Free Admissions: Why Wait?

While test-optional policies are already the norm, the University of California’s experience points toward test-free admissions as the next best step, Julie J. Park and OiYan Poon write.

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Dispatch From a Post–Affirmative Action NACAC

College admissions counselors gathered at their annual conference last week, where the end of affirmative action loomed large among a host of other issues from a tumultuous year.

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Rankled by Rankings

Shifts in methodology scrambled the usual hierarchy of U.S. News’s annual college rankings, prompting a fierce backlash from some higher ed leaders.