Let’s take a look at some recent college admissions news:
- Following in the tradition of last year’s “Harvard By the Numbers” admissions musical pitch and the hit movie, High School Musical, Yale presents its new admission song and dance video, “That’s Why I chose Yale.” The Chronicle’s Tweed blog notes that Yale’s new video successfully achieves “legitimate promotion” status without going overboard into “schmaltzy marketing” mode.That’s debatable.
Comments on the Tweed post range from “awesome” and “brilliant” to “unbelievably bad” and “pure dumb glitz.” There were a few good points raised: Who is Yale trying to attract? Does Yale really need to increase its applicant pool?
- An article in Inside Higher Ed discusses the pros and cons of higher education tuition freezes. State universities in Missouri have agreed to halt their tuition hikes in exchange for smaller budget cuts. But are these freezes truly freezes or simply deferments? A few years may go by without a tuition increase, but what about subsequent years? While some students may luck out, how hard will the following year’s students get hit? Virginia state universities, for example, had extremely stable tuition rates for many years, and then in a single year hiked tuition up more than 70%. A similar phenomenon occurred in Maryland state universities.
- MIT’s 12th president, Howard W. Johnson, died last month at 87-years-old. Johnson was president of MIT from 1966 to 1971, a period during which the MIT campus was known for having poor race relations and for its involvement in protests over the US position in the Vietnam War. According to an obituary in The Chronicle last week, Johnson was “credited…with responding to the events with the calm, patience, and humor that he had developed as a specialist in personnel and management relations.”
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