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A different college ranking guide

With rising high school seniors  about to jump head-first into their college applications, the following post tells about a new college ranking that looks at different data — and gives different weights to traditional measures — than the famous U.S. News & World Report, with the aim of making it easier for students to see what they are “likely to get into” and where they will have the best chances of graduating. This piece was written by Paul Glastris, editor in chief of the Washington Monthly, and co-author, with Jane Sweetland, of “The Other College Guide: A Roadmap to the Right School for You.”
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University of Florida admits 3,000 students — then tells them it is only for online program

University of Florida admits 3,000 students — then tells them it is only for online program | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The school is trying something new. They just never mentioned it to applicants.
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When getting deferred from college is a gift

When getting deferred from college is a gift | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

This is the sixth post in a continuing series about a high school senior attemping to navigate through the college admissions process.

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Increase economic mobility by busting college myths

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - One way to improve economic mobility in the United States may be to fix the misconceptions that high-achieving, low-income teenagers often have about college.Two years ago, a study
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New Tool Adds Crowdsourced Data to College Search -- Campus Technology

New Tool Adds Crowdsourced Data to College Search -- Campus Technology | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A new online tool, College Raptor, aims to help students and their families make better decisions about which college to attend using crowdsourced data.
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Why Getting Your Kids Into College Should Be The Least of Your Concerns

Why Getting Your Kids Into College Should Be The Least of Your Concerns | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
For some parents, college acceptance approaches the culmination of every single parenting choice ever made. It can seem the ultimate goal, the ROI of parenthood, the final gold award and the epitome of a parenting job well done....
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Elite Colleges Explore Alternative to Common App

Frustrated with glitches in the popular admissions platform, a group of public and private institutions pursues a rival system as a backup.
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Poverty The Strongest Factor In Whether High School Graduates Go To College

Poverty The Strongest Factor In Whether High School Graduates Go To College | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Students from high-poverty public schools are less likely to attend college than those from wealthier ones, regardless of whether they're from urban, suburban or rural areas.

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Online Tool Aims To Turn Admissions Interviews Into Virtual Events -- THE Journal

Online Tool Aims To Turn Admissions Interviews Into Virtual Events -- THE Journal | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A new virtual meeting is designed to allow prospective students to schedule interviews with college admissions officers online.
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Best, Brightest and Rejected: Elite Colleges Turn Away Up to 95%

Best, Brightest and Rejected: Elite Colleges Turn Away Up to 95% | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Deluged by more applications than ever, the most selective colleges are rejecting legions of students they once would have accepted.
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Elizabeth Kolbert: When Grownups Take the SAT

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At the age of forty-six, Debbie Stier, the author of “The Perfect Score Project: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT,” decided to devote herself full time to the test, with the goal of achieving the maximum possible score of 2400.
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Can the New SAT Solve the Test's Inequality Problem?

Can the New SAT Solve the Test's Inequality Problem? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
There's currently a 400-point gap between the highest- and lowest-income students.
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Money Is a Terrible Way to Measure the Value of a College Major

Money Is a Terrible Way to Measure the Value of a College Major | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Yes, students need to understand what skills are marketable. But they also need to study subjects that keep them engaged enough to graduate. 
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The unexpected plot twists in one senior’s college admissions journey

The seventh and final installment in a series about one New Hampshire senior's quest to apply to college. Where she got accepted and where she decided to go.
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How to Survive the College Admissions Madness

How to Survive the College Admissions Madness | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
College is a singular opportunity to rummage through and luxuriate in ideas, to realize how very large the world is and to contemplate your desired place in it. And that’s lost in the admissions mania, which sends the message that college is a sanctum to be breached — a border to be crossed — rather than a land to be inhabited and tilled for all that it’s worth.
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3 Holistic College Admissions Trends to Watch - US News

3 Holistic College Admissions Trends to Watch - US News | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
At some schools, getting into college is about more than just high school GPA and test scores.
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As College Deadlines Loom, Seniors Urged to Keep Perspective on Fit Over Selectivity

As College Deadlines Loom, Seniors Urged to Keep Perspective on Fit Over Selectivity | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
As high school seniors fret about college applications before early January deadlines, research shows there is more to selecting a good school than selectivity.
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For Accomplished Students, Reaching a Good College Isn’t as Hard as It Seems

For Accomplished Students, Reaching a Good College Isn’t as Hard as It Seems | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Admission rates are misleading: It’s not that fewer students are accepted; it’s that applications have run riot.
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Applications by the Dozen, as Anxious Seniors Hedge College Bets

Applications by the Dozen, as Anxious Seniors Hedge College Bets | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The escalation in the number of schools on students’ lists is driven by several factors, but perhaps the strongest is plain old fear.
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Rose-Hulman plans to add new psychological test to admissions process

Rose-Hulman plans to add new psychological test to admissions process | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Beginning this fall, the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will be asking applicants questions to determine their "locus of control" and their answers will be used to help make admissions decisions.

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How Tuition Tracker helps kids compare colleges – and other tips for overwhelmed parents - The Hechinger Report

How Tuition Tracker helps kids compare colleges – and other tips for overwhelmed parents  - The Hechinger Report | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

The Hechinger Report's Liz Willen's list of dos and don't for parents in the college app process.

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Counselors Work to Get More Students on College Path

Counselors Work to Get More Students on College Path | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In some states, new initiatives and graduate programs are providing needed training to expand college counseling in high schools.
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Is College Really Harder to Get Into Than It Used To Be?

Is College Really Harder to Get Into Than It Used To Be? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
"The myth of selectivity, that college admissions gets harder with each passing year, is both true and untrue."
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A New SAT Aims to Realign With Schoolwork

A New SAT Aims to Realign With Schoolwork | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The College Board said it would eliminate obligatory essays and cut obscure vocabulary words in an effort to make its college admission exams focus on important academic skills.
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Analysis questions assumptions behind 'undermatching' theory

Analysis questions assumptions behind 'undermatching' theory | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

February 10, 2014 By Scott Jaschik "Few educational theories have taken off as quickly in recent years as that of "undermatching." The idea is that many academically talented, low-income students who could succeed at top colleges are not applying to, enrolling in or graduating from them. Research on the topic has attracted widespread attention not only from colleges but from the White House, where administration officials have urged higher education leaders to do more on the issue.

But an analysis published Friday in Educational Researcher (abstract available here) argues that some key assumptions behind much undermatching research are flawed -- and that new studies are needed to determine how much of the theory holds. The authors are Michael N. Bastedo, director of the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan, and Allyson Flaster, a doctoral student at Michigan."


Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/02/10/analysis-questions-assumptions-behind-undermatching-theory#ixzz2supPsu3d ;
Inside Higher Ed 

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