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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. 

Michigan Universities Promise Admission to Eligible Students

Ten public four-year universities in Michigan announced Wednesday that they will guarantee admission to all in-state students with a high...
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No Calculus? No Problem at Caltech

With many high school students lacking access to key STEM classes, Caltech and other technology-focused institutions are exploring admissions alternatives.


College Rankings: The Tail Is Frantically Wagging the Dog

It’s time for colleges and universities to find new ways to prove their worth.

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A New Legal Blitz on Affirmative Action

Challenges to race-conscious policies are surging in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling against affirmative action, including a new lawsuit against West Point.