New information from the Common Application offers another glimpse at the pandemic’s implications for equity in higher education, showing a decline in applicants who requested fee waivers and those who would be the first in their family to earn a college degree.
President-Elect Joe Biden has nominated Miguel Cardona, the head of Connecticut’s public schools, to lead the Department of Education. Cardona’s personal experience as a first-generation college student is expected to shape his approach to higher education policy.
With college application deadlines rapidly approaching, colleges and universities say the movement toward test-optional policies could end up placing more emphasis on applicants’ personal essays.
In his new book, Who Gets In and Why, Jeffrey Selingo examines the selection process at Davidson College, Emory University, and the University of Washington—and the college admissions system more broadly.
College admissions teams face uncharted territory as they prepare for a wave of applications with missing grades, test scores, and extracurricular activities. Some welcome the chance to reconsider what makes a student outstanding.
As college admissions teams look toward the fall semester, they are finding that the traditional methods used to recruit and evaluate high school students may be of limited use.
While many observers have been focused on the pandemic’s short-term implications for fall enrollment, others say the disruption could last for years, potentially widening socioeconomic gaps.
Colleges and universities are grappling with how to reopen campuses in ways that both minimize the spread of COVID-19 and meet the needs of vulnerable students.
The COVID-19 pandemic is poised to put the college transfer process to the test as strained finances and ongoing uncertainty prompt some students to change plans.
As colleges and universities consider how they will emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, a number of higher education experts are urging institutions to resist a return to business as usual.
University of California President Janet Napolitano this week shared a plan to phase out use of the ACT and SAT in admission decisions—the latest installment in a closely watched debate over the system’s testing requirements.
As the pandemic causes students to reconsider their college plans, admissions counselors at some institutions are intensifying their enrollment efforts—emboldened by a newly relaxed code of ethics.