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Report: “No Strong Evidence” of Admission Discrimination of Asian American Applicants at Selective Institutions
New research revealed “no strong evidence” to support claims that Asian American applicants are discriminated against during the admissions process at selective institutions.
July 14, 2021
College Board Puts on Hold Plans for an At-Home SAT Exam
The College Board has put on hold a plan to provide the SAT exam at home, saying students taking such a test would need access to three hours of uninterrupted, video-quality internet, which is something not all of them have. It will continue to deliver the SAT online in some schools “but will not introduce […]
June 3, 2020
ACT and SAT Postponed to Mitigate Spread of Coronavirus
Spring college admissions tests, such as the ACT and SAT, are being rescheduled or postponed in an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus, reported the Associated Press. Meanwhile, Advanced Placement students may be allowed to take their college credit exams from home. The April 4 ACT test has been rescheduled for June 13. […]
March 17, 2020
The Mother of All Scams
As an anthropologist and social worker studying domestic transracial adoption in Chicago between 2009 and 2016, I witnessed numerous pregnant Black women voluntarily relinquish their parental rights in an effort to secure a ‘better’ future for their children, who were often then adopted by white suburban parents.
October 8, 2019
Huffman’s Wrist Tap Should Be Harder; Think of Crystal Mason
Many people are upset about the sentencing of Felicity Huffman, the prime time star in the Operation Varsity Blues scandal. Fourteen days? That’s it?Immediately, stories of people of color like Crystal Mason surfaced.
September 22, 2019
Corporate Model ‘Chipping Away’ at Essence of Academy: Five Issues
As universities nationwide are implementing the corporate model, faculty need to deal with issues of how the model is spreading to many aspects of university life and is negatively impacting students, especially first-generation students.
July 22, 2019
NACAC Launches ‘College Admissions Decoded’ Podcast
A new podcast series from the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) aims to help students, their families and education professionals better understand the college admissions process. Titled “College Admissions Decoded,” NACAC’s series sheds light on the admissions process and its challenges, and will explore the ways in which “college admission in the U.S. […]
June 18, 2019
Ignoring Race and Privilege: How The College Board’s SAT Adversity Score Missed the Mark
Adverse experiences and social privilege are both life circumstances that can alter a test-taker’s score on standardized tests. However, the College Board, with their recent announcement of an “adversity score,” highlighted the disadvantages of adversity, while ignoring the advantages of privilege. In doing so, the College Board treats adversity as a handicap to be accommodated, while missing an opportunity to address a myriad of noncognitive factors that make SAT scores either lower or higher than they should be for different racial and ethnic groups, and socio-economic statuses.
June 11, 2019
PhD Student’s App Aims to Improve College Match and Completion
As a teacher at a private high school in an affluent San Francisco Bay-area community and later as a dean at a high-needs public charter school in California, Vielka Hoy noticed wide differences between the two institutions in college-attainment rates and in where students decided to matriculate.
May 2, 2019
Following the college admissions scandal, countless thought pieces have addressed inequity in college admissions. Understandably, many are angry that wealthy families can literally buy their children into a university, while underrepresented, low-income students are seen as given unfair consideration when admitted to highly selective institutions. Too often, racially underrepresented low-income students are seen as “pity” admits — encouraged to depict their life-story as one in need of intervention from a particular college or university.
April 25, 2019
Why We Had to be Our Own College Counselors and How Congress Can Help
There’s been so much attention lately about the college admission scandal — rich parents trying to buy their undeserving children into prestigious colleges. But there’s a far bigger scandal that our leaders have long ignored: many high school seniors who deserve to attend college don’t have the advice and support that they need to get there.
April 16, 2019
Yes Virginia, There is a Choice
Like many other students of color who receive messages that they’re not good enough, I had resigned myself to believing that I was either unready or unprepared for college. As a first-generation student, I couldn’t rely on legacy status to give me a leg up in the admissions process and my family certainly couldn’t rely on making donations to athletic booster clubs or local alumni groups.
April 16, 2019
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