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Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Day and night the locals chatter. They counsel and console, bicker and rant. Their questions are endless. Though often hopeful, they never stop pounding the drums of worry. This is College Confidential, a vast virtual realm where visitors can find the best and worst of human nature. Here, in moderated discussion forums, people help strangers. They…
Descriptors: Discussion Groups, Web Sites, College Admission, Anxiety
Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Over the next decade, more students of color than ever before will pass through the gates of the nation's colleges and join the ranks of its work force, according to new projections by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. By the year 2020, minority students will account for 45 percent of the nation's public high-school…
Descriptors: Enrollment Trends, College Applicants, Minority Group Students, Graduates
Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
The handyman has a tool for everything, but the admissions dean is not so lucky: He must make do with just a few. Every year, presidents and professors expect freshmen who are curious, determined, and hungry for challenges. The traditional metrics of merit, however, can't reveal such qualities. Standardized-test scores may or may not predict a…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Admission, Admissions Officers, College Freshmen
Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Boston College saw a 26-percent decrease in applications this year, a drop officials largely attribute to a new essay requirement. Last year the private Jesuit institution received a record 34,051 applications for 2,250 spots in its freshman class. This year approximately 25,000 students applied, and all of them had to do one thing their…
Descriptors: College Admission, College Applicants, Graduates, Essays
Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Some students at University of Florida can take classes only during the spring and summer semesters for as long as they are enrolled. Each year they will get a four-month break--the fall semester--when they can take online courses, study abroad, or do internships. Some may opt to work. Despite their schedules, the students are full-fledged…
Descriptors: School Schedules, Educational Innovation, Colleges, Online Courses
Hoover, Eric; Lipka, Sara – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Nobody wants to be here. In remedial English, earning no credit, stuck. Now--after months of commas, clauses, and four-paragraph essays--students have one last chance to write their way out. Twenty students sit at computers, poised to start the final in-class essay for English 002 at Montgomery College. Anybody can enroll here, and all kinds do.…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Clubs, Remedial Instruction, Sentences
Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
This article discusses Sundar Kumarasamy and how he is remaking the rituals of recruitment at the University of Dayton. For years Sundar Kumarasamy walked through the lobby of the University of Dayton's admissions building and daydreamed about changing every inch of the place. Mr. Kumarasamy, the university's vice president for enrollment…
Descriptors: Enrollment Management, Student Recruitment, Change Strategies, Educational Change
Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Hazing is the beast in academe's basement, often lurking unseen and unreported, only to rise again and again despite countless rules and zero-tolerance policies. It takes many forms, some physically violent, some emotionally cruel, some booze-soaked, some silly. Since 1970, colleges have seen at least one hazing-related fatality each year, and the…
Descriptors: Drinking, Honor Societies, White Students, Clubs
Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Among the traditional measures of student quality, class rank is widely described by admissions officers as the fuzziest. That is why some colleges no longer use it in their evaluations of applicants, while many others do not consider it very important. The measure once had greater appeal. For one thing, it had the whiff of fairness. Seeing how an…
Descriptors: Class Rank, Computation, High School Graduates, College Freshmen