Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge is planning to make "needed changes" in its admissions process as the university continues to evaluate prospective students from this past year's historic application turnout, according to school officials. LSU will require applicants to submit at least one letter of recommendation from a counselor, teacher, advisor, or administrator starting in the summer of 2019. College admissions counselors at high schools statewide received a June 22 email from LSU admissions director Daniel Barrow, who stated LSU is enacting the letter policy as LSU transitions to a "fully holistic evaluation process." The university is also adjusting its freshman application deadlines for the 2019 summer and fall semesters. The priority application date, which is the date universities set for students in an effort to give them a better change of getting in, will be December 15. The regular deadline will now be February 1. Applications for those semesters will begin … [Read more...] about LSU is planning changes to its admissions process for fall 2019
Among The Atlantic's fine spate of recent coverage grappling with inequitable national education policies (and their effects), "An Unusual Idea for Fixing School Segregation" examines a proposal by Thomas Scott-Railton, a Yale Law School graduate, that would reduce segregation in grammar and high schools through a new approach to college-admissions processes. The Atlantic piece notes Scott-Railton got the idea for his proposal after listening to a radio report about affluent white parents in a St. Louis suburb who were railing against the possibility of black students from a poorer predominantly black district. An excerpt: "Many of the white parents' fears were prejudice, plain and simple. But Scott-Railton knew that the parents were right about one thing: Integrating the school could mean that the school's rating would drop ... Universities tend to give a leg up to affluent, high test-scoring suburban schools—which then incentivizes wealthier parents to seek out … [Read more...] about Could changing college-admissions process reduce school segregation?
University of Paris students protest Macron's change to the university admissions process Students at the University of Paris marched throughout their campus armed with signs and banners on Apr. 10, 2018 in their latest act of protest against President Emmanuel Macron. Macron's proposed change to the French university admissions process, to make it more selective and thus more competitive, has been met with backlash from students, prompting sit-ins, marches, and overall anger. … [Read more...] about University of Paris students protest Macron’s change to the university admissions process
Administrators from top colleges and universities are endorsing a report from the Harvard Graduate School of Education that could revolutionize the college admission process. "Turning the Tide" examines the current college application process and offers suggestions on how schools can improve to alleviate the stress for students by becoming "less slave to the metrics." The report indicates a link between academic pressures and mental health, especially among middle- and upper-income communities where rates of depression, delinquency, substance abuse and anxiety are considerably higher. Universities also report record numbers of kids coming in for mental health treatment on campus. New York Times columnist Frank Bruni -- author of "Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania" - told "CBS This Morning" Wednesday that admission rates have dropped at many top schools and the competition is fierce. "They're all competing against each other in a more … [Read more...] about New report urges overhaul of college admissions process
Ivy League schools are bracing for a fresh review of the role race plays in college admissions. The Trump administration is investigating a series of complaints against Harvard University that say Asian American students are at a disadvantage. In an interview you'll see only on CBS News, Tony Dokoupil spoke to the president of Princeton University about why he believes race should be a factor in the admissions process. Earlier this year, documents revealed Princeton admissions officers discussing the race and ethnicity of potential students in stark, sometimes uncomfortable terms. Princeton University's president, Chris Eisgruber, says it's a controversial process, but a race-conscious approach is necessary. "If we wanted to, we could take students who had only perfect GPAs and only perfect board scores and fill a class with them," Eisgruber said. Eisgruber will soon welcome a new freshman class, packed with some of the best students in America, but every year his … [Read more...] about Princeton president on admissions process: “Everybody gets a fair shake”