HOLISTIC REVIEW: While academic standards remain, LSU is putting increased emphasis on letters of recommendation when making student admission decisions. (Photo by Don Kadair) If your high schooljunior or senior wants to attend LSU but got a 21 on the ACT or has a grade-point average a tad below 3.0, then you might be able to save the money you were thinking about spending on hiring a tutor. Your child still has a shot at getting admitted to the state’s flagship university, thanks to LSU’s transition to a fully holistic evaluation process—a move hinging on the university’s adoption of the Common Application, set to take effect next fall. Dana Schlotterer, the junior and senior high assistant principal for student services at Runnels Independent School, was surprised to come across a June 22 email from Daniel Barrow, LSU’s director of admissions, in which the university outlines “needed changes to the upcoming admissions cycle.” Among the … [Read more...] about LSU going holistic in its admissions process
San Francisco Unified School District leaders are mulling changes to the district’s school assignment policy that would make it easier for students in The City’s Bayview District to attend the middle school of their choice and change the admissions criteria for the academically competitive Lowell High School. Amendments coming before the school board’s Rules Committee on Thursday would add a preference, or tiebreaker, to any middle school in the district for students who attend Dr. George Washington Carver, Dr. Charles Drew, Bret Harte, and Malcolm X Academy elementary schools in the neighborhood. Priority would also be given to SFUSD staff during the student assignment “hardship appeals process to all permanent, full-time, site-based staff who live in San Francisco and who wish to have their child attend the school where they are employed.” Changes to the admission policy of one of The City’s top schools to provide for equal access and greater … [Read more...] about SFSUD leaders consider tweaks to student assignment, Lowell admissions process
Anemona Hartocollis New York Times News Service, July 31, 2018 The rest of the Ivy League closed ranks behind Harvard on Monday, defending the practice of including the race of applicants in the admissions process in the face of a lawsuit aimed at striking down Harvard’s system. In a joint brief, the seven other members of the Ivy League and nine private universities ranging from MIT to Emory to Stanford said that a ruling against Harvard’s admissions process would reverberate across academia and hurt efforts to open higher education to a diverse array of students. The 16 schools in the amicus brief said they “speak with one voice to emphasize the profound importance of a diverse student body for their educational missions.” But the colleges did not address the specific evidence that those challenging Harvard’s system have brought forth. Data that has been released as part of the lawsuit suggests that Asian-American students were held to a higher … [Read more...] about Ivy League schools defend Harvard’s admissions process
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?