Tag: Colleges and Universities

Can Data Ward Off College Debt? New Strategy Focuses on Results

ImageProfessors at the University of Virginia, where there are large internal differences in earnings by graduates based on majors. CreditZack Wajsgras/The Daily Progress, via Associated Press The Department of Education on Tuesday released a trove of information that shows the average amount of debt incurred by graduates of different academic programs at each college and university […]

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Modern Love: Tiny Love Stories: ‘How to Meet Cute’

Inseparable Twins Sick of being “the twins,” we made rules for freshman year. Keep my hair short and red, Anushka’s brown and long. Live in different dorms. Sit on opposite sides of lectures (nature and nurture against us, we’re both biology majors). No eating in the same dining hall or going to the same parties. […]

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Charity Won’t Solve Student Debt

Around the turn of the last century, the steel magnate Andrew Carnegie paid to build 1,689 libraries across the United States. Many are still in use, celebrated as monumental works of philanthropy. They should be seen as monuments to the failure of public policy. The United States could have built a lot more libraries by […]

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Student Debt Facts: The Average College Senior Owes $29,000

On Sunday, Robert F. Smith, a billionaire investor, shocked and delighted the 396 graduates of Morehouse College when he pledged to repay their student loans. The gift, which was praised for its potential to transform the life of each recipient, is also focusing attention on a systemic problem that one donor’s generosity cannot solve: the […]

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Your Questions about the New Adversity Score on the SAT, Answered

The College Board, the company that administers the SAT exam, unveiled a new tool for admissions officers this week that measures the economic and social adversity that test takers have faced. The adversity score, which the College Board calls a measure of “disadvantage,” is meant to help schools diversify their student bodies without looking explicitly […]

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SAT Adversity Index: A Drive Toward Diversity Without Discussing Race

The decision to give students who take the SAT test a numerical rating that reflects the challenges they have overcome in life is the most telling sign yet that universities across the country are searching for ways to diversify their classes without considering race or ethnicity. The so-called adversity rating gives admissions officials a way […]

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Dear Millennials: The Feeling Is Mutual

Earlier this month, a video of Joe Biden saying he had “no empathy” for “the younger generation” that “tells me how tough things are” resurfaced on social media. The video was over a year old, but it elicited predictable howls from members of the dissed demographic. “Nothing says ‘perfect candidate to lead the most powerful […]

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The SAT’s Bogus ‘Adversity Score’

Between my freshman and senior years of high school in the late ’90s, my father spent his evenings, weekends and vacations drilling my best friend and me for our SATs. My father was born black in the 1930s in the segregated South and became the first member of his family to go to college, let […]

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College Scholarships Hit With Big Tax Increases in New Tax Law

WASHINGTON — A little-noticed provision in President Trump’s sprawling new tax law is treating middle- and low-income college students as if they are trust-fund babies, taxing sizable financial aid packages at a rate first established 33 years ago to prevent wealthy parents from funneling money to their children to lower their tax burdens. Higher-education leaders […]

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SAT Will Add ‘Adversity Score’ That Takes Students’ Hardships Into Account

The College Board, the company that administers the SAT exam taken by about two million students a year, will for the first time assess students not just on their math and verbal skills, but also on their educational and socioeconomic backgrounds, entering a fraught battle over the fairness of high-stakes testing. The company announced on […]

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SAT to Add ‘Adversity Score’ That Rates Students’ Hardships

The SAT, the college entrance test taken by about two millions students a year, is adding an “adversity score” to the test results that is intended to help admissions officers account for factors like educational or socioeconomic disadvantage that may depress students’ scores, the College Board, the company that administers the test, said Thursday. Colleges […]

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His Father Paid $400,000 to Get Him Into Georgetown. Now He’s Suing the School.

Georgetown University said Wednesday that it planned to dismiss two students connected to the college admissions scandal. Just hours earlier, one of those students, Adam Semprevivo, whose father has pleaded guilty in the case, sued Georgetown for threatening to expel him, saying that the university had denied him due process and that it should have […]

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Modern Love: Tiny Love Stories: ‘Was He Fixated on Race?’

Broadcasting the Truth The things I was too scared to say to him in person, I would talk about on my podcast. I knew he’d be listening. My medication? Yes. Sexual history? Sure. Fears? I’d pepper these throughout the episodes. “It’s funny,” he’d say. “I’m learning so much about you. All I have to do […]

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Harvard’s First Black Faculty Deans Let Go Amid Uproar Over Harvey Weinstein Defense

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard said on Saturday that a law professor who is representing Harvey Weinstein would not continue as faculty dean of an undergraduate house, bowing to months of pressure from students who had demanded the removal of the professor from his role as dean. The professor, Ronald S. Sullivan Jr., and his wife, […]

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‘It’s Like the Wild West’: Sexual Assault Victims Struggle in K-12 Schools

WINCHESTER, Va. — Nausea had consumed her as her attacker pinned her arms down at a park, forced her first kiss upon her, and tried to take off her pants at the tender age of 14, and nausea resurfaced every time she saw him in the hallways of her high school. For a year, the […]

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Welcome to the World of Subprime Children

As American families refresh the wait lists and weigh their aid offers, yet another cohort of children sets foot into our disaster of a national higher education financing system. Student debt in the United States is over $1.5 trillion, with half of it accumulated in the past decade. Income share agreements — in which borrowers […]

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Modern Love: Why Can’t Men Say ‘I Love You’ to Each Other?

I’m having L-word troubles, but my troubles don’t involve a lover. There’s no romance or sex in this. No flowers, candles or dancing. My L-word troubles are with my boy, my best friend, Kichi. I’ve told him I love him probably five or six times now, but he never says it back. When people say, […]

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