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August 11, 2011

What to Know Before an Overnight Campus Stay

Touring colleges during the day and watching students go to class is one part of campus life. But it is on an overnight stay where prospective students get a true flavor of a school. What to know before you go? Rather than visiting on your own, it's best if you arrange an overnight through the adm...

July 01, 2011

Student Learning Plans Provide Motivation, Focus for College

For students who are struggling academically or don't grasp the relevance of success in school, having a plan early on that links their courses to a career goal can make all the difference. One tangible way to lay out a pathway is with a "student learning plan." These plans are mandated in 23 state...

June 24, 2011

College Board Aims to Boost Readiness With Online Tool

The College Board and Pearson unveiled a new online tool today to help students who struggle get up to speed with college-level courses

June 14, 2011

Low-Income Students More Likely to Attend For-Profits

A brief released today by the Institute for Higher Education Policy finds that in the last 10 years, low-income students have increasingly being drawn to proprietary colleges and now attend at four times the rate of other students. Students between ages 18 and 26 whose total household income is nea...

May 23, 2011

New High School Ranking Out Based on College Tests

Education writer Jay Matthews offers a different approach to ranking schools: looking at the number of college-level tests taken.

May 02, 2011

Decision Over: Colleges Review Yield; Seniors Reflect

As of yesterday, many high school seniors were likely breathing a sigh of relief. After months of visiting campuses, comparing aid packages, and weighing options, May 1 was the deadline when most students finally had to decide where they will be headed to college in the fall. Next, colleges and un...

April 12, 2011

Some Colleges Tinker With Option of Deferred Acceptance

When it comes to college admissions, students can be accepted, rejected, or wait-listed. Now a small, but increasing number of selective schools are trying a new strategy: offering deferred admission after a student goes to another institution for a year and maintains a certain grade point average. ...

April 07, 2011

Selective Colleges Even More Selective This year

This has been a particularly tough year for students trying to get into the most selective colleges.

April 04, 2011

Push to Mandate Algebra 2 in High School Ramps Up

Talk about college readiness often includes discussion of how much and what kind of math to take in high school. Today's Washington Post has a front-page story examining the push to raise graduation requirements to include Algebra 2. Those in higher education complain that students arrive on campu...

April 01, 2011

New Reports Highlight Promise of Early College High Schools

Four new research reports are reflecting the growing success of early college high schools, an approach that has spread to 28 states with 230 schools and 50,000 students.

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