College Admissions News Roundup

  • Online Courses Taken to the Next Level- Inside Higher Ed looks at a course on Artificial Intelligence offered as part of a trio of Stanford computer science courses that were broadcasted for the public this fall. These “massive open online courses,” or MOOCs, are unique because not only can students use the course material and listen to lectures online, they can also take in-class quizzes, submit homework assignments and go to virtual office hours.  While other schools also offer free online courses, none have offered this level of professor-student engagement and the opportunity to give in assignments and get grades.
  • SAT Cheating: How Do They Do It?- CBS News reported on the case of Sam Eshaghoff, a 19-year-old who used fake IDs and was paid by other students, up to $2,500 each, to take the SATs for them. CBS News had the first interview with Eshaghoff, during which he explains why he cheated (basically, money).  Eshaghoff was caught in fall 2011 and has accepted a plea deal, but the fact that he was able to take 16 tests before doing so raises questions about the integrity of the SAT.
  • Has Applying to College Become More Important Than Going?- The New York Times looks at the value of taking a gap year between high school and college to remind students why they should be excited about college in the first place.  The application process can often be so grueling that students think getting in is a goal in itself. Evidence has even proven that those who take gap years “bring more to their college experiences and derive more as well.” Some studies even show that students that take a gap year do better than their non-gap year classmates.  So who’s up for a break?
  • “Not All College Majors Are Created Equal”- The Chronicle of Education reports that a study done by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce found that unemployment rates vary based on your college major. For example, architecture majors have a 13.9% unemployment rate, and graduates that studied health or education only have a 5.4% unemployment rate. The good news is that the study found, regardless of major, going to college will heighten your chances of getting a job: the unemployment rate for bachelor’s-degree recipients is 8.9% and for high school graduates it is 22.9%. So if you are going to college, you are already on the right path!
  • The New York Times Helps College Applicants in India- The New York Times admissions blog interviews the deans of admissions at the University of Pennsylvania, who give advice to college applicants applying from India. Eric J. Furda, dean of admissions, and Patrick Bredehoft, regional director of admissions, answer the top 10 questions Indian applicants have about applying to elite American colleges. The NYT admissions blog, which is called The Choice, will also now be featured in India Ink, where it will continue to help prepare Indian students considering applying to American universities. The article is also valuable for non-Indian applicants to U.S. colleges.

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