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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 17, 2011

College Dropouts Linked to Preparedness More Than Effort

There is no one simple answer to the question: Why do students drop out of college? But a new study from the University of Western Ontario tries to shed new light. The study, "Learning About Academic Ability and the College Drop-Out Decision," found that 40 percent of low-income U.S. college stude...

June 10, 2011

Admissions Officers Say They Look at More Than Test Scores

At many colleges, getting admitted is not all about test scores.

June 06, 2011

Common App Essay Limited to 500 Words—Again

After a four-year experiment of letting applicants write essays as long as their hearts desired, Common Application is limiting essays to a 500-word maximum beginning this fall.

June 01, 2011

Report Shows Low-Income Students Pay High Share of College

A new report released today by the Education Trust says that financial-aid policies too often benefit affluent students who would go to college anyway, rather than helping those with the greatest financial need. And when it comes to the bottom line of paying for college (after grants and aid), low-i...

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 19, 2011

Counselors Have Negative Opinion of U.S. News College List

They don't like how the list is generated, the impact the rankings have on how schools operate, or find it useful in narrowing the college search, but they know they have to deal with it.

May 10, 2011

Students Chime In With Ideas to Improve College Completion

The national discussion over how to improve college-competition rates often takes place among policymakers and educators. But why not ask students themselves about what keeps them from getting a degree?

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 29, 2011

Early Lessons in Saving Improve Odds for College Success

I'm a big believer in teaching kids about money. Giving an allowance to pay for gadgets, buy gifts, donate to charity, and establish good savings habits makes sense. Turns out, those money lessons may up kids' chances of finishing college, too. New research says that children with savings accounts...

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