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At Pitzer College, most students don't submit test scores

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At Pitzer College, unlike most institutions that have gone SAT-optional, most applicants have stopped sending their test scores.

$10,000 degree push has led to innovation in pricing but not cost control

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Several Texas universities have set up programs to meet the governor’s $10,000-degree challenge, but experts question whether the programs are subsidized by fellow students who pay more and whether these programs can ever have a broad impact.

Four countries issue new standards for recruiting agents

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Australia, Britain, Ireland and New Zealand issue joint statement on recruiting international students, backing system that remains controversial in the U.S.

Claremont McKenna admits extent of deception on admissions statistics

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Claremont McKenna didn't just report inaccurate SAT averages; the college inflated class ranks and deflated admissions rates. The motive wasn't rankings, but a desire to admit a few more students without absolutely top academic credentials.

San Jose State University gets more selective, reluctantly

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San Jose State University gets more selective for local students, citing budget cuts and enrollment pressure, while 15 other Cal State campuses are at least partially overcrowded.

New research on how elite colleges make admissions decisions

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Study of the most competitive colleges finds that "holistic" admissions policies look very different at different colleges -- and that some kinds of applicants may compete only against each other.

Big tuition hikes at private colleges complicate affordability picture

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Big tuition hikes at elite private institutions contradict the notion that colleges are focusing on reining in sticker price to make education affordable.

Colleges worry about end of federal aid based on "ability to benefit"

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High school dropouts used to be able to qualify for federal grants and loans based on a basic skills test. That ends in July, and community colleges are worried about what will happen to these students.

Admissions reforms unsettle British universities

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Proposed reforms have some universities threatening to withdraw from centralized system.

Commission considers arguments about international recruiting agents

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Admissions leaders -- charged with resolving a major ethics debate -- hear reports on how other countries handle the issue, consider inconsistencies of U.S. policy and ask a lot of tough questions.

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