One Elite High School’s Struggle Over Admissions

A fierce debate about the criteria for enrolling students at Lowell, in California, has echoes of the soul-searching happening across the U.S. education system.

#admissions-standards, #asian-americans, #audio-neutral-informative, #california, #education-k-12, #lowell-high-school-san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-calif, #tests-and-examinations

N.Y.C. Tried to Fix High School Admissions. Some Parents Are Furious.

In an attempt to democratize schools, the city is focusing less on grades, attendance and test scores. Instead, it relies heavily on a lottery.

#admissions-standards, #education-k-12, #education-department-nyc, #new-york-city

China Tries to Keep Covid Out of Its Grueling College-Entrance Exams

Some students have to travel from locked-down areas to testing sites in special vehicles, while others might be isolated for the exam.

#admissions-standards, #beijing-china, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #shanghai-china, #tests-and-examinations

A Conservative Lawyer’s New Target After Abortion: Affirmative Action

Jonathan F. Mitchell, who helped draft Texas’ six-week abortion ban, has turned his attention to Harvard’s race-conscious admissions program.

#admissions-standards, #affirmative-action, #colleges-and-universities, #constitution-us, #harvard-university, #mitchell-jonathan-f-1976, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #university-of-north-carolina

The Major Findings of Harvard’s Report on Its Ties to Slavery

Harvard University issued a 130-page report investigating its ties to slavery, and its legacy. Here are the key findings.

#admissions-standards, #bacow-lawrence-s, #black-people, #colleges-and-universities, #harvard-university, #segregation-and-desegregation, #slavery-historical

Supreme Court Allows Elite High School’s New Admissions Rules

A group including parents of Asian American students challenged the new criteria at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia.

#admissions-standards, #asian-americans, #colleges-and-universities, #decisions-and-verdicts, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #education-secondary, #race-and-ethnicity, #supreme-court-us, #tests-and-examinations, #thomas-jefferson-high-school-for-science-and-technology-fairfax-va, #virginia

Jovan Vavic in Varsity Blues Scandal Is Found Guilty

Jovan Vavic, the former water polo coach at U.S.C., was accused of taking more than $200,000 in bribes in exchange for designating high school applicants as recruits.

#admissions-standards, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #coaches-and-managers, #college-admissions-scandal-2019, #colleges-and-universities, #john-singer, #jovan-vavic, #university-of-southern-california, #water-polo

M.I.T. Will Again Require SAT and ACT Scores

The university said it was reinstating the admissions requirement, which it had waived in 2020 and 2021 because of the pandemic, for the 2022-23 application cycle.

#act-examination, #admissions-standards, #colleges-and-universities, #massachusetts, #massachusetts-institute-of-technology, #sat-college-admission-test

Why Are We Letting Republicans Win the School Wars?

The culture wars over schools have produced an unlikely coalition: populists on the right and affluent, educated white parents on the left.

#admissions-standards, #critical-race-theory, #education, #equal-educational-opportunities, #income-inequality, #politics-and-government, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia, #youngkin-glenn-a

Making the SAT and ACT Optional Is the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

Intended or not, it sends a message that some students of color are less capable.

#admissions-standards, #affirmative-action, #colleges-and-universities, #harvard-university, #hispanic-americans, #internal-sub-only-nl, #race-and-ethnicity, #tests-and-examinations, #university-of-north-carolina

U.C. Berkeley Must Freeze Enrollment, California Supreme Court Says

A spokesman said the decision meant that the university would have to cut in-person enrollment by at least 2,500 students in the fall of 2022.

#admissions-standards, #affordable-housing, #berkeley-calif, #colleges-and-universities, #rent-control-and-stabilization, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #university-of-california, #university-of-california-berkeley

Will Asian Americans Bolt From the Democratic Party?

How this question gets answered has profound political ramifications.

#admissions-standards, #asian-americans, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #chinese-americans, #democratic-party, #discrimination, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Judge Strikes Down Elite Virginia High School’s Admissions Rules

Thomas Jefferson High School eliminated standardized tests and made other changes to attract more Black and Hispanic students. A judge declared the policy unfair to Asian Americans.

#admissions-standards, #asian-americans, #driver-justin-scholar, #education-k-12, #pacific-legal-foundation, #race-and-ethnicity, #thomas-jefferson-high-school-for-science-and-technology-fairfax-va

Recall in San Francisco

Does the Bay Area school board vote represent fury at Covid closures or something else?

#admissions-standards, #asian-americans, #collins-alison-m, #education-secondary, #internal-sub-only-nl, #lowell-high-school-san-francisco-calif, #race-and-ethnicity, #recall, #san-francisco-calif, #school-boards

U.C. Berkeley Says It May Have to Cut Student Admissions by Thousands

The announcement is the result of an appellate court ruling in favor of a neighborhood group that has sued the university, contending it is causing housing problems in the community.

#admissions-standards, #alameda-county-calif, #berkeley-calif, #colleges-and-universities, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #university-of-california-berkeley

Private Equity Investor Sentenced to 15 Months in College Bribery Case

Prosecutors said John Wilson, 62, of Lynnfield, Mass., paid more than $1.2 million to ensure that his three children would be admitted to elite universities as purported Division I athletic recruits.

#abdelaziz-gamal, #admissions-standards, #college-admissions-scandal-2019, #colleges-and-universities, #harvard-university, #singer-william-1960, #stanford-university, #university-of-southern-california, #wilson-john-b-1959

The Conservative Group Challenging Admissions at Elite High Schools

The Pacific Legal Foundation is behind lawsuits that challenge elite public high schools that are changing their admissions policies to diversify their student body.

#admissions-standards, #alexandria-va, #asian-americans, #black-people, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #pacific-legal-foundation, #race-and-ethnicity, #thomas-jefferson-high-school-for-science-and-technology-fairfax-va

Help! Sharing Stories of an Obsession With the Beatles

Readers have strong feelings about the Fab Four. Also: Traumas, past and present; teaching students how to vote; college admissions.

#admissions-standards, #affirmative-action, #anxiety-and-stress, #beatles-the, #colleges-and-universities, #education-k-12, #mental-health-and-disorders, #pop-and-rock-music, #rolling-stones, #voting-and-voters

End Affirmative Action for Rich White Students, Too

Obviously.

#admissions-standards, #affirmative-action, #bush-george-w, #harvard-university, #hurston-zora-neale, #internal-sub-only-nl, #national-assn-for-the-advancement-of-colored-people, #when-affirmative-action-was-white-an-untold-history-of-racial-inequality-in-twentieth-century-america-book

The Path to Social Equity in Higher Ed Doesn’t Run Through Harvard

We need a broader vision of equity.

#admissions-standards, #affirmative-action, #asian-americans, #colleges-and-universities, #equity, #harvard-university, #internal-sub-only-nl, #racial-preferences, #supreme-court-us, #try-harder-movie

It’s Time to End Race-Based Affirmative Action

Socioeconomic class is a better justification for it.

#a-charlie-brown-christmas-tv-program, #admissions-standards, #affirmative-action, #encanto-movie, #harvard-university, #internal-sub-only-nl, #roblox-corp, #supreme-court-us, #university-of-north-carolina

How It Feels to Be an Asian Student in an Elite Public School

Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech and other schools across the country are under pressure to end entrance exams. Students have complicated feelings about that.

#admissions-standards, #brooklyn-nyc, #brooklyn-technical-high-school, #carranza-richard-a, #education-k-12, #education-secondary, #race-and-ethnicity, #stuyvesant-high-school, #tests-and-examinations

The SAT Will Go Completely Digital by 2024

The SAT will go completely digital by 2024 amid questions about whether college admissions tests are fair, or even necessary.

#admissions-standards, #college-board, #colleges-and-universities, #computers-and-the-internet, #sat-college-admission-test, #tests-and-examinations, #united-states

Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge to Affirmative Action at Harvard and U.N.C.

The court’s new conservative supermajority may be skeptical of admissions programs that take account of race to foster educational diversity.

#admissions-standards, #affirmative-action, #blum-edward-j, #colleges-and-universities, #discrimination, #harvard-university, #minorities, #race-and-ethnicity, #students-for-fair-admissions, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #university-of-north-carolina

‘Admissions,’ by Kendra James

Kendra James was a legacy student at Taft, but wasn’t made to feel like a member of a proud tradition while she was there.

#admissions-standards, #admissions-a-memoir-of-surviving-boarding-school-book, #black-people, #connecticut, #education-k-12, #james-kendra, #race-and-ethnicity, #taft-school-the

Mothers, Absent and Present

Not all mothers have the luxury of being “absent,” a reader writes. Also: A lawsuit against 16 elite schools; the heart of Christianity; jobs in manufacturing. 

#admissions-standards, #christians-and-christianity, #colleges-and-universities, #factories-and-manufacturing, #financial-aid-education, #labor-and-jobs, #parenting, #single-mothers, #women-and-girls

Do Colleges Deserve an Exemption From Antitrust Law?

It has gotten harder to justify giving them special treatment

#admissions-standards, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #colleges-and-universities, #financial-aid-education, #internal-sub-only-nl

In Lawsuit, Yale and Other Elite Colleges Are Accused of Limiting Financial Aid

The federal lawsuit against Yale, M.I.T. and other colleges is the latest legal action to question admissions practices.

#admissions-standards, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #brown-university, #california-institute-of-technology, #colleges-and-universities, #columbia-university, #cornell-university, #dartmouth-college, #duke-university, #emory-university, #financial-aid-education, #georgetown-university, #massachusetts-institute-of-technology, #northwestern-university, #rice-university, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #university-of-chicago, #university-of-notre-dame, #university-of-pennsylvania, #vanderbilt-university, #yale-university

College Merit Aid (or Lack Thereof) Makes Early Decision Ever Murkier

Northeastern University won’t estimate how much merit aid it might offer if you get in. Can schools make you enroll if they don’t give you enough?

#admissions-standards, #colleges-and-universities, #content-type-service, #financial-aid-education, #northeastern-university, #personal-finances, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #tuition

Harvard Won’t Require SAT or ACT Scores for Admission for Several Years

The university joins many others that have eliminated the ACT and SAT requirements, adding fuel to the movement to get rid of standardized test scores.

#act-examination, #admissions-standards, #colleges-and-universities, #harvard-university, #sat-college-admission-test, #tests-and-examinations

Harvard Extends Test-Optional Admissions Policy for Four Years

The university joins many others that have eliminated the ACT and SAT requirements, adding fuel to the movement to get rid of standardized test scores.

#act-examination, #admissions-standards, #colleges-and-universities, #harvard-university, #sat-college-admission-test, #tests-and-examinations

Trump Weaponized the Supreme Court

The three justices appointed by Trump are doing exactly what they were sent to the court to do.

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Here’s a Fact: We’re Routinely Asked to Use Leftist Fictions

Today’s sociopolitical newspeak has an aroma of self-delusion.

#admissions-standards, #affirmative-action, #colleges-and-universities, #internal-sub-only-nl, #morissette-alanis, #race-and-ethnicity

The Supreme Court Tactic That Aims to Kill Affirmative Action

A group suing Harvard and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has asked the court to hear the two cases together in a bid to increase its chances of a ruling that would apply across higher education.

#admissions-standards, #affirmative-action, #colleges-and-universities, #harvard-university, #race-and-ethnicity, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #university-of-north-carolina

Wokeness Is Oversimplifying the American Creed

Abandoning complexity, abstraction and forgiveness is unenlightened.

#abbot-dorian, #admissions-standards, #affirmative-action, #colleges-and-universities, #internal-sub-only-nl, #kendi-ibram-x, #race-and-ethnicity, #whites

As Chinese Women Seek to Crack Male Professions, Schools Stand in the Way

In China, some academic programs accept only men or cap the number of female applicants, who often must test higher than their male counterparts.

#admissions-standards, #china, #colleges-and-universities, #communist-party-of-china, #discrimination, #gender, #women-and-girls

Amherst College Ends Legacy Admissions Favoring Children of Alumni

The highly selective college in Massachusetts will be among the first elite schools in the country to abandon the practice, which has been a persistent barrier to increasing student diversity.

#admissions-standards, #amherst-mass, #amherst-college, #colleges-and-universities, #financial-aid-education

M.I.T.’s Choice of Lecturer Ignited Criticism. So Did Its Decision to Cancel.

Dorian Abbot is a scientist who has opposed aspects of affirmative action. He is now at the center of an argument over free speech and acceptable discourse.

#abbot-dorian, #admissions-standards, #affirmative-action, #black-people, #colleges-and-universities, #discrimination, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #massachusetts-institute-of-technology, #race-and-ethnicity, #science-and-technology

University of North Carolina Can Keep Affirmative Action, Judge Rules

Students for Fair Admissions vowed to immediately appeal in a case that appears destined for the Supreme Court.

#admissions-standards, #affirmative-action, #barrett-amy-coney, #black-people, #blum-edward-j, #chapel-hill-nc, #colleges-and-universities, #decisions-and-verdicts, #gorsuch-neil-m, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #race-and-ethnicity, #students-for-fair-admissions, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #university-of-north-carolina

What Does a University Owe Democracy?

Academia can still serve the goals of liberty. But first the Coward Culture has to go.

#abbot-dorian, #admissions-standards, #colleges-and-universities, #daniels-ronald-j-1959, #discrimination, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #johns-hopkins-university, #massachusetts-institute-of-technology, #princeton-university, #university-of-chicago

There’s More Than One Way to Play Dead

The Senate is in a tizzy. Education is in a tizzy. Also, Democratic strategists. 

#admissions-standards, #american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #charter-schools, #children-and-childhood, #conservatism-us-politics, #de-blasio-bill, #democratic-party, #education-k-12, #federal-budget-us, #king-debby-1949-2021, #klein-ezra, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #republican-party, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #sinema-kyrsten, #united-states-politics-and-government

New York City to Phase Out Its Gifted and Talented Program

Students who are currently enrolled in gifted and talented classes will not be affected. But the highly selective and racially segregated program will be replaced for incoming students.

#admissions-standards, #education-k-12, #segregation-and-desegregation

The Varsity Blues Trial: What We’ve Learned About College Admissions

In closing arguments, prosecutors want to focus on bribes, but the ways in which universities cater to rich families is also on trial.

#admissions-standards, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #colleges-and-universities, #high-net-worth-individuals, #interscholastic-athletics, #john-wilson, #singer-william-1960, #university-of-southern-california

A Cog in the College Admissions Scandal Speaks Out

A former sailing coach who took a plea deal for shuffling bribes to Stanford’s athletic program says his colleagues knew where the money was coming from.

#admissions-standards, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #coaches-and-managers, #college-admissions-scandal-2019, #college-athletics, #sailboats-and-sailing, #singer-william-1960, #stanford-university, #vandemoer-john

What Sandra Day O’Connor Stood For on the Supreme Court

Forty years after her appointment as the court’s first female justice, it’s worth reflecting on the path she took.

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Former Georgetown Tennis Coach Agrees to Plead Guilty in Admissions Scandal

Gordon Ernst was accused of taking bribes to designate at least 12 students as recruits, including some who did not play tennis competitively.

#admissions-standards, #boston-mass, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #coaches-and-managers, #college-admissions-scandal-2019, #colleges-and-universities, #ernst-gordon-1967, #georgetown-university, #singer-william-1960, #tennis

As College Admissions Trial Begins, Parents Claim They Were Duped

The first parents to face trial in the Operation Varsity Blues scandal are casting blame both on Rick Singer, the admissions consultant, and the overall process.

#abdelaziz-gamal, #admissions-standards, #boston-mass, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #college-admissions-scandal-2019, #colleges-and-universities, #frauds-and-swindling, #philanthropy, #university-of-southern-california, #wilson-john-b-1959

Why the SAT May be the Best Option

As long as schools brag about their low admission rates, campus diversity initiatives will always be about tweaking around the edges.

#act-examination, #admissions-standards, #affirmative-action, #california, #community-colleges, #hispanic-americans, #internal-sub-only, #minorities, #sat-college-admission-test, #university-of-california

Two Parents Are the First to Face Trial in College Admissions Scandal

At issue are the parents’ conduct, U.S.C’s admissions practices and possibly the fairness of the college admissions process itself.

#abdelaziz-gamal, #admissions-standards, #college-admissions-scandal-2019, #colleges-and-universities, #harvard-university, #parenting, #singer-william-1960, #stanford-university, #university-of-southern-california, #wilson-john-b-1959

What Should We Do About Systemic Racism?

Understand it better, for starters.

#admissions-standards, #black-people, #brown-v-board-of-education-supreme-court-decision, #equal-educational-opportunities, #internal-sub-only, #kendi-ibram-x, #race-and-ethnicity, #segregation-and-desegregation, #tests-and-examinations