The 2014 Recap: We rounded up our list of important articles that reflect issues in college admissions and financing that any parent with a high school student should be familiar with. So if you need to get up to speed quickly, want to become educated on the current issues in college admissions, or just want to poke around and understand what’s happening in this part of the world – take a look at our 2014 curated list.
College Admissions Process
1) David Coleman (president of The College Board) announced a redesigned SAT for 2016, claiming the changes are the result of an attempt to level the playing field for students and better align the test with what students actually learn. The College Board also partnered with Khan Academy to provide free test prep in Spring 2015. I guess we’ll have to wait and see the results. Major changes coming to 2016 SAT test: Here’s what, how, and why
2) Discussion continued as to the role of standardized tests in college admissions, as reports continue to show a strong correlation between test scores and family income, as well as a lack of indication for how well students perform once in college. Report questions role of standardized tests in admissions
3) An insider’s understanding of how colleges set tuition prices and allocate aid to maximize their revenue. Scary stuff. The invisible force behind college admissions
4) When you understand the methodology of US News college rankings are calculated, you’ll agree their worthiness is exteremely overrated. It’s unfortunate these rankings still drive behavior at too many college admissions offices. Annual reminder to ignore college rankings from US News and why
7) The business of college admissions is attracting a new crop of companies, with the latest website selling recent college application essays. You decide if that’s the right source of inspiration for your child. College applicants should seek inspiration, not imitation, in others’ essays
8) Competition, anxiety, and technology are pushing students to apply to more schools than ever before. It’s not unusual to see some students applying to selective schools with10 or more applications. Applications by the dozen, as anxious students hedge college bets
9) We all know the outcomes of college admissions decisions do not always feel fair, but are they illegal? A lawsuit against Harvard (and UNC) allege race-based discrimination in their admissions processes. Is Harvard unfair to Asian-Americans?