The essay portion of the SAT will be optional under a revised version of the test, set for release in March 2016. A majority of admissions officers from 300 colleges and universities recently surveyed by Kaplan said they will make the essay scores optional. Nineteen percent said they will not require the scores, and about 13% will require them.
A new analysis by researchers at the College Board and the University of Michigan shows a wide variation in academic preparation among students at two-year schools that could contribute to a gap in graduation rates compared to 4-year schools. After comparing PSAT scores of two-year students, researchers found that "four-year colleges have graduation rates about 25 percentage points higher than two-year colleges whose students have the same average PSAT."
Bloomfield College in New Jersey will use a $3 million grant from the US Education Department to help more black and minority students pursue degrees in science, technology engineering and math. The money, to be spread out over five years, will help the school improve services to boost the retention, success and graduation rates of students, officials said.
The first Chief Diversity Officer Summit, held recently in Illinois, brought together university and corporate diversity experts to share ideas on research and best practices. Panelists discussed collaboration, talent development and other strategies colleges and businesses are using to boost diversity.
A new study of several for-profit colleges that have switched to nonprofit status states that the college's owners are still gaining financial benefit by serving on governing boards. At traditional nonprofit colleges, board members are not paid, notes researcher Robert Shireman of The Century Foundation. "It appears that these particular for-profits wanted to avoid regulations that applied to for-profit colleges," he argues.
States across the nation increased funding for undergraduate need-based grant aid during 2013-14, a new report finds. Such funding grew by about 4% nationwide, from around $7 billion to $7.4 billion during that time, the report shows.
Most of the 15 public universities in Michigan have installed security cameras to boost campus security. Police on campuses say the cameras have helped them investigate incidents, but some privacy advocates say the cameras are intrusive and violate student and faculty privacy.
Most first-time bosses "are ineffective, if not disastrous, in their first six months," writes Liz Wiseman. That's because they tend to try too hard to justify their authority and fail to transition from being task-driven to helping others succeed. "If you want the people on your team to step up and do more, you have to be willing to do less," Wiseman advises.
Bethel University has launched Minnesota's first program for students with intellectual disabilities available at an accredited four-year college. The students who began this fall will work toward a two-year certificate, live in the dorms and attend classes with peers.
The $1.2 trillion college loan debt in the US is having a larger effect on the economy as many graduates put off purchases of homes and cars and delay events such as marriage, according to data from the Federal Reserve. Other data show graduates are earning less and current students are borrowing more, which may increase default rates in the long term.
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