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We Now Know A Lot More About Students Who Receive Federal College Grants
There's been a lot of attention lately on low-income students on campus — mostly on how to recruit them and how to make them feel welcome. For good reason: Pell Grant recipients make up about a third of the undergraduate student population in the U.S., according to the College Board. And often, their experiences in college are very different than their wealthy classmates.
A Tipping Point for OPM?
Ten years ago, just three or four companies existed to help universities start online programs. Now by some counts, roughly three times that many are working with colleges -- striving, and sometimes struggling, to expand their businesses. Is a shakeout in the offing? Most analysts and observers say yes, given the number of providers, the lack of differentiation among many of them and growing qualms from some college officials about the industry's traditional business model of revenue shares and long-term lock-ins. The latter has spawned even more competition, from a new set of companies charging fees for specific services, rather than the bundles that the OPMs have historically used.
Applying to dozens of colleges isn't common despite viral reports, Rice's admissions head says
Houston teen Michael Brown made headlines this spring after he applied -- and was accepted to -- 20 top colleges around the country. But Rice University's new vice president for enrollment said last week that applicants to Rice are likely to have submitted applications to fewer than 10 schools -- making Brown's story far from the norm.
So Long, SAT Essay. Don't Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out
Last week, Yale announced it was dropping the requirement for applicants to submit either the SAT or ACT essay test. This comes after Harvard made the same choice this past March. The number of schools requiring the essay portion of these exams is rapidly dwindling, hopefully heading for zero if we have any luck at all. Good riddance to bad rubbish, if you ask me.
Liberal arts face uncertain future at nation’s universities
One morning this past spring semester, Kathryn Wisniewski, a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP), opened her campus email to discover that her major in English was on the chopping block. It was among 13 majors, she read, all in the liberal arts, that the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs proposed cutting in order to help cover the university’s $4.5 million deficit. By cutting 13 liberal arts majors, such as sociology, philosophy and history, UWSP would also create and expand several other majors in business, engineering and science to attract new students and revenue.
‘More open and diverse’: Harvard’s outgoing president on a decade of change
She made history when she took office in July 2007 as the first female president of Harvard University. But many other milestones marked Drew Gilpin Faust’s tenure as leader of the nation’s oldest institution of higher learning.