- Does SAT Prep Work?- Inside Higher Ed looks at research published in the journal, Sociology of Education, about the effects of test prep on the college-going population. The research shows that East Asian American students are more likely to take SAT prep courses and benefit from them than other Asian Americans and members of other racial or ethnic groups. The study also shows that the gains made by East Asian American students were mostly made in the first and second generations, petering out with the next generation in the US.
- The Common App Gets a Makeover- The New York Times looks at the new Common Application that streamlines the college application process for high schoolers. The Common App has always been an “all-purpose” form almost 500 colleges and universities use for applications, but the changes that are being made will make it “a smoother, faster, more intuitive” form. Common App 4.0 will be available in 2013 and will have the capacity to process the 10 million applications it is expected to receive by the end of 2020.
- The Answer: Virtual Internships- BusinessWeek reports that with a shortage of jobs and students having less time to devote to internships, there has been a rise in the number of virtual internships being offered. A virtual internship allows a student to maintain a flexible schedule, work-from-home via skype or e-mail and take jobs in other states or countries. Internet internships are also beneficial for businesses because they can get students to help them with their social media campaigns and blogging. However, one word of caution: students need to make sure that the virtual internships they find are legitimate opportunities and not scams.
- No More Early Admissions for Elite East Coasters?- The New York Times reports that as a broader more diverse group of individuals apply for early admissions, there has been a decline in the number of acceptances offered to the typical early-admissions applicants: New York and East Coast prep school students. Teachers and college counselors say that the large number of rejections they received this December shocked students in the top New York private schools. Early applicants are no longer just the wealthier in society, but now include minorities, foreigners and public school students. Bottom line: More diversity amongst early applicants is a good thing.
- Asia Takes Over- Inside Higher Ed looks at a recent report released by the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, which shows that there are now 200 overseas branch campuses that have been set up by universities around the world. With another 37 branch campuses planned, the center of education is moving to Asia. The majority of campuses are being set up in Asia to provide “greater access to an expanding student market” and because the governments support them as a way of keeping their younger population from emigrating.
- Recruiting Brings OWS To Campus- Inside Higher Ed reports on how elite college students far from Occupy Wall Street have waited for Wall Street to come to them to stage protests. When JP Morgan-Chase and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. came to Harvard and Princeton to recruit, students created rallies and disruptions, causing some of these recruitment sessions to be cancelled. These protests are a new tactic for the Occupy movement, which typically targets their institution or Wall Street as a whole.
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