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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Nov 30, 2012 Aid Changes Raise Issue of Diversity at Colleges
QUOTE: a number of prestigious smaller colleges are straining to meet students’ financial needs. To bridge the gap, some colleges have begun revising their financial aid formulas, raising concerns about how campus diversity — both economic and racial — might be affected.
New York Times Nov 15, 2012 Affirmative Action Ban in Michigan Is Rejected
QUOTE: The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled, 8 to 7, on Thursday that Michigan’s voter-approved 2006 ban on affirmative action was unconstitutional. The ruling, in Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action v. University of Michigan, was not based on racial discrimination, but rather on a violation of the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection. The ban, the court said, unfairly placed a special burden on supporters of race-conscious admissions policies.
New York Times Aug 17, 2012 Prestigious Emory University intentionally misreported student data to rankings magazines for more than a decade, the Atlanta school disclosed Friday, adding its high-profile name to a growing list of
QUOTE: Prestigious Emory University intentionally misreported student data to rankings magazines for more than a decade, the Atlanta school disclosed Friday, adding its high-profile name to a growing list of institutions caught up in scandals over rankings pressure.
Seattle Times Mar 12, 2012 The Reproduction of Privilege
QUOTE: Instead of serving as a springboard to social mobility as it did for the first decades after World War II, college education today is reinforcing class stratification, with a huge majority of the 24 percent of Americans aged 25 to 29 currently holding a bachelor’s degree coming from families with earnings above the median income. Seventy-four percent of those now attending colleges that are classified as “most competitive,” a group that includes schools like Harvard, Emory, Stanford and Notre Dame, come from families with earnings in the top income quartile, while only three percent come from families in the bottom quartile.
New York Times Feb 21, 2012 Justices Take Up Race as a Factor in College Entry
QUOTE: In a 2003 decision that the majority said it expected would last for 25 years, the Supreme Court allowed public colleges and universities to take account of race in admission decisions...By agreeing to hear a major case involving race-conscious admissions at the University of Texas, the court thrust affirmative action back into the public and political discourse after years in which it had mostly faded from view.
New York Times Feb 17, 2012 A Stereotype Worth Celebrating
QUOTE: In our college admissions process, especially, we punish Asian Americans who hew too closely to the stereotype. Rather than rewarding students for their individual effort and achievement, we effectively penalize them for doing so well as a group.
Washington Post Nov 26, 2011 $5.3B goes to students who government says don't need it
QUOTE: Elite universities such as Harvard, Yale and Stanford give aid to families earning as much as $200,000, which less-selective schools say puts pressure on them to also offer grants to higher-income families. Education experts say such subsidies mean less help for lower- and middle-income students, who fall deeper into debt to pay tuition.
USA TODAY Sep 25, 2011 Controversy erupts over Campus Republicans bake sale plans
QUOTE: baked goods will be sold to white men for $2.00, Asian men for $1.50, Latino men for $1.00, black men for $0.75 and Native American men for $0.25. All women will get $0.25 off those prices....a statement about pending legislation that would let the California universities consider race or national origin during the admission process.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 01, 2011 Divided appeals court strikes down Michigan's affirmative action ban
QUOTE: A divided federal appeals court on Friday struck down Michigan's controversial ban on consideration of race and gender in college admissions....The affirmative action ban was passed five years ago in a referendum and was added to the state's constitution...
CNN (Cable News Network) May 24, 2011 Top Colleges, Largely for the Elite
QUOTE: For all of the other ways that top colleges had become diverse, their student bodies remained shockingly affluent. At the University of Michigan, more entering freshmen in 2003 came from families earning at least $200,000 a year than came from the entire bottom half of the income distribution. At some private colleges, the numbers were even more extreme.
New York Times Mar 01, 2011 Internet Cheating Scandal Shakes Japan Universities
QUOTE: Many here are wondering aloud whether admission to top universities — a ticket to a top corporate or government job — remains as merit-based as it used to be, or whether some young people are unfairly getting a leg up, in this case from misuse of new technologies.
New York Times Feb 06, 2011 Elite Institutions are Tested on Diversity
QUOTE: Taken together the reports paint a picture of elite institutions struggling to adapt to the modern world in a country where universities still depend on the government for most of their funding — and where the independent Office for Fair Access is supposed to make sure that any university wishing to charge the new £9,000, or $15,000, a year maximum tuition has made sufficient progress in encouraging participation by low-income and other under-represented groups.
New York Times Apr 23, 2010 An Online Alias Keeps Colleges Off Their Trail
QUOTE: Whether admissions officers really do plumb Facebook is up for debate....To avoid detection, Ms. Kaye, now a freshman at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, said she and others began changing their names on Facebook beginning in their junior year of high school.
New York Times Oct 23, 2009 Are Teacher Colleges Turning out Mediocrity?
QUOTE: while "Who's teaching my kid?" is an important question for parents to ask, there may be an equally essential (and rarely remarked upon) question — "Who's teaching my kid's teachers?"
Time Magazine Sep 17, 2009 To friend or not to friend? College admissions in the age of Facebook
QUOTE: How colleges can employ social networking sites and the possible conflicts that can arise from their use are hot topics among admissions officials...
USA TODAY Jun 18, 2009 Federal Inquiry Into Blagojevich Turns to University Admissions
QUOTE: Federal prosecutors are trying to determine if former Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and his allies used political muscle to influence student admissions at three state universities.
New York Times Jun 10, 2009 Panel to Investigate Admissions at U. of Illinois
QUOTE: Gov. Patrick J. Quinn of Illinois appointed a panel on Wednesday to investigate accusations that the University of Illinois admitted hundreds of applicants based largely on their political connections.
New York Times May 30, 2009 Texas Vote Curbs a College Admission Guarantee Meant to Bolster Diversity
QUOTE: Texas Legislature... scale[s] back a program under which Texans who graduated in the top 10 percent of their high schools were given automatic admission to the state university of their choice... Put[s] limits on a 10-year-old experiment to increase diversity in the colleges.
New York Times May 30, 2008 More colleges move toward optional SATs
QUOTE: Research has shown that SAT performance is linked with family income, and that the test by itself does not accurately predict success in college, she said. Making the test optional "removes the barrier for those students who had everything else," like scholastic achievement and extracurricular activities, but who "maybe didn't do as well on a specific test," she said.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 24, 2008 Singing Falsetto (The Ethicist)
QUOTE:  I produced a recording for a singing student’s application to a college’s professional music program. Her singing was passable but not great...Computer technology enables me to make even the worst singer sound professional, but if I employ it, do I defraud the college?  I am a 61-year-old male about to resume dating after a long hiatus...Does integrity require me to divulge this experience of 40 years ago (whether asked or not) to a potential sex partner?
New York Times Apr 10, 2008 Yale Student Is Accused of Lying on Application
QUOTE: Mr. Maharaj’s apparent deceit comes at the end of a college admissions season that is the most competitive ever. Yale, for example, offered places to just 8 percent of 23,000 applicants. Education experts say the case highlights a flood of forgeries and other frauds involving academic credentials, as the frenzy continues for spots in elite institutions.
New York Times Sep 28, 2007 The New Affirmative Action
QUOTE: But in the early 1990s, the elite campuses began to pull back from their aggressive affirmative-action policies, and in 1996, California voters passed the California Civil Rights Initiative, also known as Proposition 209. After that, race could no longer be a factor in government hiring or public-university admissions. The number of black students at both Berkeley and U.C.L.A. plummeted, and at U.C.L.A. the declines continued throughout the next decade.
New York Times Jun 15, 2007 Senate Report Details Alleged Student Loan Company Enticements
QUOTE: One student loan company took university financial aid directors on a junket to Disney World. Another paid $500 to be placed on a school's list of recommended lenders. And others showered tequila, wine and golf outings on college aid officers. Those were among what Senate investigators called illegal enticements from loan companies to university officials to drum up business...
Washington Post Mar 11, 2007 The Ethicist: Online Extracurriculars
QUOTE: Put down the mouse and step away from the computer. You should not Google these students in the first place, let alone make your dubious discoveries a factor in college acceptance. .... Your reading this student's blog is legal -- he posted it voluntarily, and in that sense it is public information -- but not every young person grasps this.
New York Times Jan 08, 2007 U.S. Education Officials Question Diversity Standard: Critics Say the American Bar Association's New Criterion Promotes Racial Quotas at Law Schools
QUOTE: The Education Department's general counsel is challenging the American Bar Association's new standard on diversity in enrollment and hiring, which calls for the law schools it accredits to take "concrete action" to attract more minority students, faculty and staff. The 400,000-member law association, which has accredited nearly 200 law schools nationwide, said it updated its standards last year after a 2003 Supreme Court ruling that said law schools could use race and ethnicity as factors in admissions with certain restrictions.
Washington Post Sep 13, 2006 Harvard's fairness lesson
QUOTE: Harvard has come to believe that the practice unfairly favors students from sophisticated high schools and families -- and that binding programs favor those who have little concern about financial aid.
Boston Globe Sep 08, 2006 Crowd Pleasers: An Age of Tainted Admissions and Too Much Homework
QUOTE: the privacy strictures that once protected even the most knuckleheaded students can now be breached via the Internet. As colleges deal with overwhelming numbers of applications by making their calculations more blatantly quantifiable, embarrassing facts and figures have begun finding their way into the public discourse. Students’ test scores, colleges’ rankings in surveys and parents’ bribes all figure in institutions’ decisions.
New York Times Sep 01, 2006 Education Dept. Shared Student Data With F.B.I.
QUOTE: “This operation Strikeback confirms our worst fears about the uses to which these databases can be put,” said David L. Warren,“The concentration of all this data absolutely invites use by other agencies of data that had been gathered for very specific and narrow purposes, namely the granting of student aid to needy kids.”
New York Times Jul 06, 2006 A Taliban Past, and a Cloudy Yale Future
QUOTE: A student at Yale University who was once a roving ambassador for the Taliban regime in Afghanistan has been denied admission to a degree-granting program...
New York Times May 24, 2006 Kirsanow: Transparently Illegal: Racial preferences at colleges carry the weight of a freight car.
QUOTE: Furthermore, in most states illegals from preferred minority groups are eligible for preferences that improve profoundly their chances for admission to college. Illegal immigrants now can be used to improve campus “diversity”.
National Review May 18, 2006 On the Web, College Athletes Acting Badly
QUOTE: Badjocks.com plucked and collated the often disturbing photos from webshots.com, a site where students post and share thousands of pictures covering a variety of activities...to persuade universities to enforce their antihazing policies.
New York Times May 11, 2006 Scores on New SAT Expected to Decline
QUOTE: College Board officials say they are expecting as much as a five-point average decline...on the new SAT, leading many high school counselors to conclude that the longer test is wearing out test takers and hurting their performance.
Washington Post May 10, 2006 A student's dilemma: Work more, get less free money
QUOTE: ...before you sweat your semesters (not to mention your summers) away pulling overtime on a job or paid internship, consider this: As a dependent, the federal government expects you to put most of your hard-earned cash toward the cost of higher education. Expecting to bank big before your freshman year of college? Watch out -- your extra income could cost you financial aid bucks.
Bankrate.com Apr 07, 2006 Colleges, Awash in Applications, Turning Away Even Top Students
QUOTE: Selective schools in the region and the country are reporting more rejections than ever..."We were kind of struck by the fact that we were wait-listing and denying students that last year or two years ago we would have been happy to admit," said John Latting, director of undergraduate admissions.
Washington Post Mar 05, 2006 Schools Avoid Class Ranking, Vexing Colleges
QUOTE: In the cat-and-mouse maneuvering over admission to prestigious colleges and universities, thousands of high schools have simply stopped providing that information, concluding it could harm the chances of their very good, but not best, students.
New York Times May 31, 2005 When good kids get bad advice on college: Some guidance counselors - arguing for realism - set student aims too low.
QUOTE: ...some counselors are turning to numbers, at times placing undue weight on factors like GPA and SAT scores... But some of the instances in which student aspiration is discouraged may also reflect a larger issue: overextended college counselors.
Christian Science Monitor Apr 19, 2005 Wealthy Often Win in Merit-Aid Race
QUOTE: ...rising tide of "merit" or "non-need-based" scholarships -- a zero-sum game, Massa said, that is hurting the quality of undergraduate education.
Washington Post Mar 10, 2005 MBA Applicants Pay Price for Unauthorized Site Searches
QUOTE: But after learning this week that at least three schools would reject anyone who had tried to gain access to the potentially life-changing news, many applicants said they felt unfairly vilified for what they call a victimless lapse in judgment.
Washington Post Mar 07, 2005 New SAT, Big Business: Expensive Coaching Debated as Students Prepare for Revised Exam
QUOTE: The scientific jury is still out on whether the test-preparation companies deliver on their claims to significantly improve SAT scores.
Washington Post Mar 06, 2005 Affirming Inaction
QUOTE: ...I am a minority student who opposes affirmative action. Thus I decided not to reveal my color in my law-school application...What is the more ethical course -- to disclose my race and be an honest hypocrite or omit mentioning it and feel dishonest?
New York Times Jan 25, 2005 Quotas for Asian Americans? Yes and No
QUOTE: ...his experience as an admissions officer confirms Chin's sense of unfairness. "What scares the top colleges is what their campuses might look like, racially speaking" if they followed Chin's suggestion and rejected middle-class African American and Hispanic students in favor of higher-scoring, low-income Asians."
Washington Post Jan 16, 2005 Scorers of New SAT Get Ready for Essays
QUOTE: The team uses a technique known as "holistic scoring," a euphemism for reading an essay very quickly (a minute or so per paper) and making a snap judgment.
Washington Post Jan 11, 2005 Advanced Course Bonus Points Challenged
QUOTE: Geiser and his research team at the University of California already have helped persuade the UC system to give more emphasis to students' rank in high school and less to SAT scores in admissions... High school educators are wondering if the same could happen to bonus points for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and other advanced high school courses.
Washington Post Aug 07, 2004 Bush Opposes 'Legacy' Edge in College Admissions: The president, a Yale graduate like his father, grandfather and daughter, says children of alumni should not get special consideration.
QUOTE: ...Bush said he favored programs that increased diversity in the student body, but was against quotas for minority groups, as well as so-called legacy admissions.
Los Angeles Times Jul 28, 2004 Athletes Make the Grade Sooner by Failing First: Loophole Outwits NCAA Eligibility Rules
QUOTE: An apparent loophole in National Collegiate Athletic Association eligibility regulations is leading an increasing number of top recruits to intentionally fail to graduate from high school so they can improve their chances of playing sooner in college.
Washington Post Jul 16, 2004 Colleges Rethink Acceptances of Seniors Who Slacked Off
QUOTE: Colleges and universities inform students on the application or the acceptance letter that admission is contingent on their performance throughout their senior year...The warning is an attempt to prevent the situation known as "senior slump" or "senioritis," which involves 12th-graders taking an early break from schoolwork...
Washington Post Nov 14, 2003 NAACP Can Challenge Florida Anti-Affirmative Action Rules
QUOTE: "We find a substantial number of the association's members were both prospective applicants to the State University System and were minorities that would obviously be affected by any change in policy concerning minority admissions,"
Law.com Nov 09, 2003 Rich Colleges Receiving Richest Share of U.S. Aid
QUOTE: The federal government typically gives the wealthiest private universities, which often serve the smallest percentage of low-income students, significantly more financial aid money than their struggling counterparts with much greater shares of poor students.
New York Times Sep 16, 2003 States split over college bills for kids whose parents split
QUOTE: He was furious when a judge ordered him to help pay tuition at the school offering far less financial aid. A married parent never would be subjected to such an order.
Seattle Times Jun 24, 2003 Affirmative Action for Diversity Is Upheld
QUOTE: The Supreme Court issued a qualified but resounding endorsement of affirmative action in higher education yesterday...
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