Highlights: fewer colleges meeting targets for this year, a higher bar for Asians, skepticism about new standardized writing tests and a new application, mixed feelings on Hillary Clinton’s college plan and applicants’ criminal records.
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Admissions officers talk about changing the way applications are read in order to keep up with demographic changes.
Graduate student enrollments increased nearly 4 percent last year, with the biggest relative gains seen among underrepresented minority groups.
Sixty-four-campus system will no longer ask applicants to declare prior felony convictions. After admission, those seeking housing or certain kinds of training or experiences will be asked.
Data from admissions group show that, despite all the hype about a few elite colleges that admit a small share of applicants, most institutions say yes to most of those who apply.
Large gaps remain evident when looking at average scores by racial and ethnic group.
Graduates of the most selective institutions earn more -- even when controlling for factors that earlier made some doubt such findings -- but maybe not as much more as many think.
Social work professors told administrators that they were letting students make unfair accusations and admitting unqualified students. Then someone forwarded the professors' letters to students. UPDATE: Dean responds.
Only a few colleges -- mindful that wealthy students can afford to take the SAT or ACT many times -- require that all scores be submitted. Penn has just abandoned the policy.
Nine institutions in Pierce County, Wash., are working together to foster a college-going culture among local K-12 students.
Transition follows weeks of tensions over his decision to oust provost.