Last week we loaded you up on MBA admissions news; this week we’re all about undergraduate news. Here’s what’s been going on in the exciting world of college admissions:
- University of Pennsylvania’s international student body is looking to increase the school’s diversity by attracting more international applicants, reports a recent Daily Pennylvanian article. As part of their initiative, these students have formed a new advocacy group call the Student Ambassador Program that works to actively recruit international students. Ambassadors go through rigorous training to learn the ropes about international recruitment, including how to create presentations that will draw in high school students and how to lead effective question and answer sessions. After gaining some field experience and speaking with international students, what Penn ambassadors are learning is that local high schools in some countries simply lack information about top universities in the United States (Penn in particular); the ambassadors aim to educate, attract, and recruit these young students to Penn’s growing diversity pool.
- The New York Times ran an article recently (“Exactly How Personal Is That Personal Statement?“) about the problem of plagiarism in college and graduate school application essays and personal statements. Detecting plagiarism can be a tedious project, which is why many schools are signing up with companies like Turnitin that specialize in plagiarism detection on applications. Of 450,000 personal statements that Turnitin reviewed to demonstrate the effectiveness of their program, 70,000 essays showed up to have “significant matches”—that is, 15% of the essay closed matched other documents. Apparently, there’s only a one in a trillion chance of constructing a string of 16 words in a row that are identical to someone else’s 16 words; find such a string in an essay and it’s pretty clear that that person will be busted for plagiarism.
- Finally an article about the positive hiring outlook for recent college graduates! BusinessWeek reports that “employers are planning to hire 5.3% more college graduates from the class of 2009-10 than they did from the class of 2008-09.” The source for the good news is the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) who put out a recent survey that indicated that almost all industries in almost all regions of the U.S. are expecting to increase hiring this spring. The Northeastern United States is projecting the highest increase in hiring at 25.5%; the Southeast on the other hand expects no improvements this year.
- In The Chronicle article “Frustration With Green Rankings Pushes Colleges to Develop Their Own,” author Scott Carlson describes how some colleges have taken measures to boost their sustainability standards so they rank higher in the green rankings, and how some colleges are simply fed up and are “suffering from green-ratings fatigue.” The Sustainable Endowments Institute wants to issue universities College Sustainability Report Cards, and few colleges are interested in dealing with the hassle. First of all, you have to pay to take the survey—a survey that can take up to a full week to complete; second of all, few schools receive a satisfactory rating and many claim that the rankings just plain don’t make sense. The Sustainability Report Cards have gotten a lot of criticism, though most schools and sustainability managers will admit that receiving bad marks has encouraged universities to step up their green-ness.
College-Related Accepted.com Resources
- Submit a Stellar Application: 42 Terrific Tips
- Submit a Stellar Application II: 56 Additional Tips
- How to Write Great College Application Essays and STAY SANE!, an ebook.
- “Do’s and Don’ts for Your College Admissions Essay,” a free article.
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