Your Friday Admissions Briefing: May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018

A black Yale student fell asleep in her dorm’s common room. A white student called police.
Lolade Siyonbola’s exasperated message to the campus police officers — and to the Yale University graduate student who’d summoned them to her dorm — was simple and consistent: She didn’t have to do anything to prove that she was justified in being there, just because she happened to be black.


Carnegie Mellon University starts first AI degree program in U.S.
Carnegie Mellon University today announced it will offer an undergraduate degree in artificial intelligence. The college claims the degree will be the first of its kind in the United States. The first courses for the Bachelor of Science degree will be offered this fall.



High school computer hack changes grades, top-10-student ranking in limbo
A high school in Alabama is in a tough spot after grades were hacked, leaving the academic standing of students in question. In what appears to be a computer hack, grades were changed, forcing the school to investigate and leaving the status of the top ten students and valedictorian up in the air.


These Schools Graduate The Most Funded Startup CEOs

There is no degree required to be a CEO of a venture-backed company. But it likely helps to graduate from Harvard, Stanford, or one of about a dozen other prominent universities that churn out a high number of top startup executives.



Want to skip the ACT or SAT? Two more Minnesota universities to offer 'test-optional' admissions

Starting next year, high school students will no longer have to worry about taking the ACT or SAT tests to get into two liberal arts colleges in the Twin Cities. Augsburg University in Minneapolis and Concordia University in St. Paul have both decided to stop requiring college­-entrance exams, as part of a growing national movement toward “test-optional” admissions.


College Admissions Counselors: From Gatekeepers To Caseworkers
College has long been touted as, “the best four years of your life!” Actually earning a college degree in four years, however, is something of an aberration—more the exception than the rule. Research from the National Center for Education Statistics finds that just over half of all students who begin at four-year colleges complete a degree in six years. This does not bode well for an endeavor that comes at great costs to students, their families and the institutions that seek to educate them. The factors inhibiting the successful attainment of a four-year college degree run the gamut from lack of engagement to finances to mental health. 

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