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Your Friday Admissions Briefing: May 18, 2018

May 18, 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! 

 

 

You Need To Understand Your Educational Privacy Rights

FERPA. Sounds like something you'd hear from a bullfrog or a burping baby. Instead, it stands for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (also known as the Buckley Amendment), which protects the privacy of students and their parents. As the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) sums it up, FERPA "is designed to ensure that students and parents of students may obtain access to the student’s educational records and challenge the content or release of such records to third parties." The law applies "to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education."

 

 

UCLA School of Law to accept GRE scores starting in 2019
Students applying to the UCLA School of Law will have the option to submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam instead of the Law School Admissions Test starting in 2019. The change was approved by the school’s faculty Monday to encourage students of different backgrounds to apply, according to a Wednesday press release.


Financial ‘Safety Schools’ Are Hard to Find
When applying to colleges, students are commonly told to include a “safety school” to ensure they are accepted to at least one institution. For low-income students, such as those who receive advising from college access programs like members of the National College Access Network, they also need a different type of a safety school: a financial one to which they are not only accepted but also are reasonably sure they can afford.

 

 

Senate Confirms Trump Nominee for Deputy Secretary Under Betsy DeVos
The Senate on Wednesday voted 50-48 to confirm Mick Zais, President Donald Trump's nominee to be deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Education. 

 

 

The College Board president to address Harper grads
Harper College’s upcoming Commencement Ceremony is a particularly special one. The ceremony marks the close to Harper’s 50th anniversary year and the unveiling of a time capsule to be displayed in the David K. Hill Family Library for the next half century. The ceremony will also feature commencement speaker David Coleman, president and CEO of the College Board, an organization that administers the SAT, Advanced Placement program and other standardized tests.


 

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