Your Wednesday Admissions Briefing: May 30, 2018

May 30, 2018

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How to Master SAT Paired Passages
The redesigned SAT's reading section includes a single set of paired passages. Paired passages assess reading comprehension and synthesis skills via questions that require students to compare and contrast two passages. Students who are unfamiliar with paired passages or who struggle with synthesis may be uncertain about how to approach this portion of the SAT reading test. To become more comfortable with paired passages, consider the following strategies.


Beloit College deficit rises to $7 million after unexpected low enrollment
Beloit College will face a $7 million deficit in the 2018-2019 fiscal year, college administration announced at two town hall meetings on May 7 and 8, 2018. “At the end of the day, there’s some tough news that we face,” President Scott Bierman said at the first Budget Town Hall meeting, where Beloit College professors, staff, faculty and students heard what many had been expecting since last year’s deficit was announced.


A Foolish Take: The Rising Cost of College
Even after a harsh winter that left many schools scrambling to replace missed snow days, most students across the nation have either started or are about to start their summer vacations. Many high school graduates are looking forward to starting their college careers, optimistic about their futures. Yet for their parents, the looming costs of a college education present huge challenges. Over the past 10 years, the average price for tuition and fees at four-year private colleges and universities has jumped to $34,740 per year, up more than $7,000, according to statistics from the College Board.



For-Profit High School Recruits Students With Guarantee on Admission to Top College
Many private high schools boast in recruitment materials about the success of their graduates in gaining admission to top colleges. After all, many parents who can afford to do so pay private school tuition in part because they want their children to have success after high school. But a private, for-profit high school in Orange County, Calif., may be taking this to a new level -- with a guarantee.


Latest Data on Enrollment Declines
Overall college enrollments continue to slide, according to the latest data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, a nonprofit that tracks 97 percent of students who attend degree-granting institutions that are eligible to receive federal financial aid. This spring the center found a decline of more than 275,000 students, or 1.8 percent, compared to the previous spring. The decrease marks the seventh straight year when fewer students attended college in the U.S.



REPORT: Cost Puts Many Public 4-Year Institutions Out of Reach For Low-Income Students
Have low-income students been effectively shut out of public four-year institutions of higher education? A new report by the National College Access Network (NCAN) examines this question and the results aren’t pretty. Only 25 percent of residential public four-year institutions meet NCAN’s measure of affordability, data show.


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