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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Feb. 16-20

Fri, Feb 20, 2015 @ 11:11 AM

College Admissions NewsNew York Times Announces New Education Program, Carnegie Mellon Accidentally Tells Rejected Students They’re Admitted

It was a short week for many who had Monday off for Presidents Day, however this week wasn’t short on higher education news! From new educational programs to accidental acceptances, there has been a lot going on in education.

It’s important for parents and students to stay informed, and at IvyWise we aim to make this a little easier by bringing the latest admissions and higher education straight to you every Friday with our weekly roundup!

Here are some of the top stories in admissions and higher education from this past week:

  1. The New York Times announced a new education effort this week, NYT EDUcation, where the media giant will offer courses and programs on a variety of subjects – from pre-collegiate to graduate level. Details are sparse as the initiative is still in development, but courses are expected to launch later this fall.
  2. This seems to happen more and more every year: Carnegie Mellon accidentally sent 800 applicants to the master in computer science program acceptances – when in reality they had been rejected.
  3. The University of Massachusetts – Amherst made a controversial announcement, saying that the school would stop admitting Iranian nationals to certain engineering and science programs. It was said this was to comply with a 2012 law that excludes Iranian nationals from studying in the US if they planned to work in nuclear or energy fields. The decision sparked a lot of backlash, and after discussions with the State Department, UMass announced it would reverse the policy.
  4. Oklahoma lawmakers are trying to block funding for Advanced Placement U.S. history courses, saying the curriculum is not patriotic enough, as they aim to join others in halting a program designed to prepare top students for college.”
  5. According to a post by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York this week, student loan debt reached a record $1.2 trillion in 2014.
  6. In honor of Presidents Day this week, we took a look at the education of the US’s first ladies.
  7. Deferred? The Daily Pennsylvanian talked to IvyWise counselor Levia for some tips on what students should do next.
  8. In an op-ed for the Washington Post, a chemistry professor makes the case for liberal arts training for STEM students.
  9. As the college admissions process becomes increasingly competitive, more students are opting for early admissions – receiving their decisions in December.
  10. Very cool: “Princeton University just received the largest gift in its 269-year history: $300 million worth of rare books and manuscripts, including the first printed editions of the Bible and the Declaration of Independence.”
  11. Bryn Mawr, an all-women’s liberal arts college in Pennsylvania, announced it will begin accepting applications from “transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming students” in the 2015-16 admissions cycle.
  12. New research has found that over the last two decades teenagers have become increasingly sleep deprived.
  13. Could the affirmative action in admissions case Fisher v. UT-Austin be heading back to the Supreme Court?

What do you think of The New York Times’ latest education effort? Do colleges need more safeguards to ensure rejected applicants don’t get false news? Tell us in the comments below!

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