College Admissions News Roundup

  • Graduate Students Want to “Do Good”- The Wall Street Journal reports on a program called Venture for America—inspired by Teach for America—and  designed to help college graduates give back to communities through business ventures across the country. Venture for America will start with 50 “fellows” this summer, and place them in small businesses that pay participants between $32,000-38,000 a year. The program includes a five-week course at Brown University that trains fellows on consulting and investment banking. The goal is to assist start-ups and early-stage businesses create 100,000 jobs by 2025.
  • Tuition Revenue and Tuition Discounts on the Rise- The Chronicle of Education looks at the results of a report released by Moody’s Investors Service, which showed that tuition revenue has risen by 5% this year at private colleges and 4% at public institutions. The good news is that 54% of private colleges and 42% of private institutions have simultaneously increased their discount levels while increasing their costs. The survey also warned that weaker, smaller private institutions will be facing competition from “lower-priced public higher-education alternatives” in the future.
  • FAFSA Questions Answered- The New York Times has released a call to readers to send in their questions about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Mark Kantrowitz, an expert on paying for college and the founder of FinAid.org, will be answering these questions, and reminds readers to file their Fafsas as soon as possible.
  • Stanford Online Classes Spark Backlash- The Chronicle of Education looks at the disgruntled reaction many Stanford students have had to the online class, “CS229A: Applied Machine Learning,” being offered for free.  Ben Rudolph, a junior at Stanford, blogged on Hacker News about how the course is too “black and white” and too easy, “Everyone can get 100 percent, basically.” While Rudolph could have taken the course in a traditional classroom instead of online, how would you feel if you were paying Stanford’s tuition and others were taking your classes for free?
  • Do We Have To Rank Everything?- The Washington Post reports on the excessive number of list rankings, with colleges being ranked on everything from “best hipster campuses” to “best dorms in the country.” The bigger problem with these rankings is the makeshift ways that they are created, with the main goal being to boost publications such as the Daily Beast, Newsweek, and various websites and media outlets. Again given that goal, the “ranking criteria” become increasingly questionable.
  • Rise in Applications at UVa- The UVa Admission Blog: Notes From Peabody crows that The University of Virginia is experiencing a sharp rise in application numbers this year. While the final application numbers have not been tallied it looks like there will be around 28,000 applicants, up from 23,982 last year. The rise in numbers seems to be coming from out-of-state applicants, but the university will only know for sure in a few weeks.

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