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Kahlenberg, Richard D. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
At Middlebury College--and on campuses throughout the country--class is coming out of the closet. Long hidden from view, economic status is emerging from the shadows, as once-taboo discussions are taking shape. The growing economic divide in America, and on American campuses, has given rise to new student organizations, and new dialogues, focused…
Descriptors: Student Costs, Socioeconomic Status, Social Class, College Students
Teare, Chris – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
The author's school is a founding member of the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools, which includes all sorts of institutions--some in highly affluent communities, others with vastly more socioeconomically diverse populations, and some with strong percentages of international students. Individual members' approaches to…
Descriptors: Committees, Testing, Academic Achievement, College Entrance Examinations
Harper, Christopher; Vanderbei, Robert J. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
In this article, two professors retake the college-entrance exam and arrive at very different conclusions about its performance. Even though Christopher Harper has worked as a college professor for 15 years, he decided last winter to take the SAT and ACT examinations that his students needed to enter the institution where he teaches, Temple…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, College Admission, Admission Criteria, Test Validity
Keller, Josh; Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
The University of California has adopted changes to its undergraduate admissions policy that will enlarge its applicant pool and drop the requirement that students take the SAT Subject Tests. The policy is the most significant change in the university's admissions practices in at least a decade. It will increase the number of California…
Descriptors: High School Graduates, Affirmative Action, Minority Groups, College Admission
Glenn, David – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
This article reports on the studies of Caroline M. Hoxby, a professor of economics at Stanford University; and Sarah E. Turner, a professor of economics and education at the University of Virginia, who examine why bright students from low-income families do not apply to select colleges. After analyzing millions of records from the College Board,…
Descriptors: Low Income Groups, High Achievement, Academically Gifted, Student Placement
Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
A new option that allows students to choose which of their test scores to send to colleges has generated renewed criticism of the College Board. College Board officials tout the option, called Score Choice, as a way to ease test taker anxiety. Some prominent admissions officials have publicly described Score Choice as a sales tactic that will…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Selection, Scores, College Admission
Mattimore, Patrick – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Last week the Board of Regents of the University of California tabled a faculty proposal to broaden the pool of applicants eligible for admission to the 10 campuses in the University of California system. The regents took the action to allow the university's new president, Mark G. Yudof, as well as regents who were uncertain about the proposal,…
Descriptors: Intelligence Tests, Achievement Tests, Governing Boards, College Admission
Hoover, Eric; Supiano, Beckie – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Wake Forest University will no longer require applicants to submit standardized test scores, the university announced last week. The move makes Wake Forest, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, one of the most prominent institutions with a "test optional" admissions policy. The university's decision reveals the increasing complexity of the…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Scores, Admission Criteria, College Admission
Schmidt, Peter – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
One after another at this time of year, elite colleges trumpet the outstanding SAT scores of the applicants they have admitted. The question often raised by such announcements is just how much those scores matter. Two recent studies conclude that they matter quite a lot. This article reports that researchers assert that selective colleges give…
Descriptors: Researchers, Admission Criteria, College Entrance Examinations, Selective Admission
Gose, Ben – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
The dreaded personal essay used to be the toughest part of the college-admissions process for the applicant. These days it's admissions officers who fret about student writing--and not just because they fall asleep reading endless takes on "overcoming adversity." They've got weightier concerns--plagiarized essays, students who receive…
Descriptors: Essays, Writing (Composition), College Applicants, Admissions Officers
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
This article talks about a special program implemented at Towson University, wherein students are admitted into college even if they don't qualify under the regular admissions. The Towson program is an experiment, and Deborah J. Leather, the associate provost who runs it, acknowledges that it is too soon to tell whether the effort has been worth…
Descriptors: Special Programs, College Admission, Case Studies, Grades (Scholastic)