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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, 2009
The recession has turned Americans into numbers addicts. Seemingly endless supplies of statistics--stock prices, retail sales, and the gross domestic product--offer various views about the health of the nation's economy. Higher education has its own economic indicators. Among the most important is "yield," the percentage of admitted students who…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Enrollment Management, Educational Indicators, Admission Criteria
Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
The admissions process is awash in numbers. Students accumulate grade-point averages and test scores. Colleges use statistical models to predict enrollment outcomes, and they tout their place in commercial rankings. In many ways, numbers simplify this complex enterprise. However, they have come to carry undue weight, says Martha Blevins Allman,…
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, Admission (School), College Admission, Holistic Approach
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
Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Last year the National Association for College Admission Counseling (Nacac) asked William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid at Harvard University, to lead a panel that would examine testing issues and recommend how colleges might better use entrance exams. The dean and his fellow panelists were to present their findings this…
Descriptors: Testing, Standardized Tests, College Admission, Deans
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
Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
Northeastern University's Torch Scholars Program is designed to seek out first-generation students who would not qualify under the university's regular admissions process. The scholarships go to motivated students who have shown determination in overcoming personal challenges. Northeastern believes the experiment will enhance the socioeconomic…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Affirmative Action, Scholarships, Admission Criteria