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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

Elizabeth Kolbert: When Grownups Take the SAT | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
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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6 College Admissions Myths: Busted

6 College Admissions Myths: Busted | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The way in which universities admit students can seem like a bit of a mystery -- even after completing the process yourself. Misguided assumptions and well-circulated rumors litter mainstream thought.
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They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets.

They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets. | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
More colleges are finding the social media posts of their applicants — and sometimes denying admission as a result.
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Maine's own Bowdoin College is featured in this story.

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Didn’t Ace SAT? Just Design Microbe Transplant Research

Didn’t Ace SAT? Just Design Microbe Transplant Research | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Beginning this fall, Bard College will look beyond grades and test scores by offering a new option for applying: writing four, 2,500-word research papers.
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Let's Bring Clarity to Undergraduate Admissions

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"Students serve an important role in catering to a sub-industry that rewards colleges for rejecting the largest percentage of applicants."

 

This opinion piece, by Jon Boeckenstedt of De Paul University and published in the Chronicle of Higher Education, suggests that the admissions process needs to be modernized.

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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 ;
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The latest bad fad in higher education

The latest bad fad in higher education | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Enrolling low-income students should not become some kind of selective higher education "Hunger Games."
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Why colleges shouldn’t check online life of applicants

Why colleges shouldn’t check online life of applicants | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
More admissions officers are looking online. A counselor explains why he thinks it isn't fair.
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Lists That Rank Colleges’ Value Are on the Rise

Lists That Rank Colleges’ Value Are on the Rise | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Purists might regard it as an insult to the intellectual, social and civic value of education, but dollars-and-cents tabulations are the fastest growing sector of the college rankings industry.
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Feeling the Heat: The 2013 Survey of College and University Admissions Directors | Inside Higher Ed

Feeling the Heat: The 2013 Survey of College and University Admissions Directors | Inside Higher Ed | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"Filling a class is the job of admissions, and the 2013 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Admissions Directors shows just how hard that job has become.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/survey/feeling-heat-2013-survey-college-and-university-admissions-directors#ixzz2fEjPdRsy ;
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