Your Tuesday Admissions Briefing: May 15, 2018

May 15, 2018

This is your semi-daily roundup of college admissions news from around the net. Don't forget to subscribe to Channel CCR for more! 


5 High Schoolers and Their College Application Essays About Work, Money and Social Class

Each year, we ask students to send in college application essays that have something to do with money. Nearly 300 responded this year. Here are five that stood out.

​​Look Who Says Test Coaches Can Help

For many years, standardized test providers such as the College Board and ACT said that coaching for their exams did not work. The assertion was important because critics of standardized testing have long pointed to the advantage of wealthy students in being able to pay for tutoring. In recent years, however, the testing companies' position has evolved to acknowledge to various degrees that coaching and tutoring can help

What Role Does Personalization Play in College and Career Readiness?

College and career readiness has grown to be a hot topic that is on the mind of every educational leader in the nation. But being college and career ready takes more than just career counseling or use of software in the classroom—it takes personalized, differentiated instruction that starts at an early age. Students must understand their unique strengths and interests, and teachers must see themselves as part of the global working world. Innovators in education shared their expertise on preparing students to be ready for the working world in a recent edWebinar.


Should SAT and ACT Test Results Be Optional in College Admissions? 

Standardized testing is a major part of applying for admission to colleges and universities in the United States. SAT or ACT results, for example, are just one measure admissions officials use to decide whether to accept an applicant. But many students and parents spend a great deal of time, effort and resources trying to ensure a high score. For some students, testing can be the most difficult part of the application process. And new research has raised debate about the fairness of standardized tests.

Gates Foundation, Chan Zuckerberg Team Up to Seek ‘State of the Art’ Ideas for Schools
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative are teaming up on a new research-and-development initiative aimed at identifying "state-of-the-art" educational strategies and bringing them to the classroom. The focus is on spurring development of new measures, new ways of teaching, and new technologies for tracking and supporting students' writing ability, math skills, and "executive functions," such as self-control and attention.


Smart Strategies for Paying for College: You’ve picked a college. How how are

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Charter School System Embraces New Approach To College Counseling

About 40 percent of undergraduates at four-year institutions do not complete a degree within six years, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. And the number is even higher for low-income students. One charter school system wants to change that statistic for their alumni. They have retooled their college counseling program and instead of focusing solely on getting into college, they now address what it takes to graduate from college.


One Liberal Arts College Wants More Female Students

Women have become the majority of undergraduates, college graduates and students in many graduate and professional fields. While some students joke about favorable ratios for male students, many admissions officials worry that male potential applicants won't look seriously at institutions that are lopsidedly female in enrollments. The issue -- while now present throughout higher education -- has been of particular concern at liberal arts colleges, some of which have been open about favoring male applicants to try to keep the gender ratio closer to 50-50 than it would be otherwise. For most admissions leaders at liberal arts colleges, the challenge is getting more men.


How High School Counselors Can Prepare Now For Next Year

As the school year comes to a close, high school counselors are putting in the work to help students finish off the year strong. While counselors have a lot to complete in the next month to bring the year to a close, it is also important that they start laying the foundation for the following year. But, this can be more challenging than it seems.

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