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Hello. News on our site this week examined the emergence of a new approach to college applications, our survey of admissions directors, controversy over a loyalty oath requirement, and another mass shooting at a college. That and more below.

Oct 04 2015

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Inside Higher Ed/Gallup survey asks admissions directors about meddling from higher-ups, the pressure to build a class, affirmative action, debt, out-of-state recruiting, viewing applicants' disciplinary records and more.
At least 10 die and seven more are injured in shooting at Oregon's Umpqua Community College. It was the third-deadliest mass shooting ever at a college campus.
As 80 colleges unite to create new application and portfolio platform for high school students, a look at who is in and who is not (for now), how colleges plan to use the service, and how Common Application is responding.
Under pressure from its governing board the University of Iowa is leveraging financial aid to increase resident enrollment. And as competition for the state's students is increasing, the number of college-bound Iowans is not -- causing concern among Iowa's private colleges. 
New data from Gallup-Purdue survey find only half of alumni "strongly agree" that college is worth what they spent. Students with experiential learning opportunities and supportive professors were more likely to agree.
Community college students who take out small federal loans are more likely to default, new report finds, and most defaulters earned fewer than 15 credits and never made a payment on their debt.
The inability of small colleges to increase their revenue will result in triple the number of closures in the coming years, a new Moody's report projects.
In light of a recent high-profile faculty resignation at Phoenix College, some are asking why other professors asked to sign loyalty oaths don't object.
Arizona is surprised to find out it still requires professors to sign a statement that was common in McCarthy era. And a community college loses an adjunct who was its star professor.
Colleges are searching for new ways to communicate with students electronically. Could texting be the answer?
The share of students defaulting on their federal loans within three years fell this year, as the Obama administration again made a controversial tweak to the default rates in ways that helped some colleges.
Study suggests open-access journals with questionable peer-review and marketing processes now publish hundreds of thousands of articles a year, a huge jump in only a few years.
New penalties over academic fraud are only the most recent in Southern Methodist's history of breaking NCAA rules. Among the guilty: the university's renowned basketball coach, and a former official responsible for compliance with the rules.

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If you think the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act has nothing to do with higher education, think again.
A radical new approach to admissions will give students an alternative way to represent themselves beyond essays and SAT scores, Ann McDermott argues.
A philosopher's commitment to fascism raises controversy … again. Scott McLemee is scandalized.
Unless several crucial issues are dealt with swiftly and appropriately, write Christine Helwick and Jeffrey Orleans, they have the potential of totally upending college sports.
Concerns among policy makers and the public are mounting over reductions in state spending on public higher education, but what's missing is a serious conversation about whether those cuts are fairly distributed, write Sara Goldrick-Rab and Tammy Kolbe.

Career Advice (View all)

Sonja K. Foss and William Waters provide guidance on how to create the best relationship with your dissertation adviser.
How can you best choose a dissertation topic and then create a plan for developing it? Sonja K. Foss and William Waters recommend that you embark on a conceptual conversation.
Joseph Barber reviews 12 months' worth of career advice.

Blog U (View all)

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