Malia Obama’s College Search, Harvard and MIT Sued Over MOOCs
It may be Friday the 13th, but students are in luck as many have a three-day weekend ahead of them! Before heading off the celebrate Presidents’ Day, students should make a point to wrap up any homework, outside work, or college prep tasks before the short break. If you’re planning to spend the weekend visiting colleges, make sure you pack the right tools and come armed with good questions for admissions officers and tour guides!
Another thing families should do before the weekend is catch up on the latest college admissions and higher education news. Staying informed is key to success in the college prep and college admissions process – and can give you even better questions to ask on those college visits! Luckily, we bring this to you every Friday!
Here are some of the top stories in admissions and higher education from this past week.
- Even first daughters go on college tours! With Malia Obama set to apply to college this fall, what will the process be like for someone with her status?
- A lawsuit has been filed against Harvard University and MIT, claiming they discriminate against students who are deaf or hard of hearing because they do not caption their online courses, MOOCs, and other materials.
- The issue of race in college admissions might be heading back to the Supreme Court. The attorneys for Abigail Fisher, of the 2013 Fisher v. UT-Austin case, have asked the court to hear her case once again.
- What’s the purpose of education in the 21st century? This great op-ed in Washington Post highlights the necessity of education in order to produce young people prepared for “life, work, and citizenship.”
- Those looking for their first job after college have been through this process before – when they applied to college! Use what you learned when searching for colleges to land that great first job.
- What will college admissions look like in the future? “Enrollment will be reshaped by demographics, K-12 reform and student engagement” according to speakers at a conference hosted by the University of Southern California.
- Applying to law school? Here are the admissions trends you should know about.
- “Students entering the University of California system in 2017 will have to be vaccinated against measles and other diseases under new immunization rules.”
- This great NPR piece highlights the necessity of college counselors and how they can bridge the college enrollment gap between rich and poor schools.
- Collegis Education recently launched its college enrollment trends tool, which gives people an interactive look at enrollment trends across demographics and at specific higher education institutions.
- Students at two-year colleges can now get the more “traditional” college experience with on-campus dorms.
- Students are applying to more colleges than ever. Check out this chart that illustrates the trend of the number of applications students have submitted since the 1970s.
- Which college majors have the highest starting salaries? It’s no surprise that STEM dominates. Business Insider has the list here.
- There’s a big problem of students who start at two-year colleges not finishing out at a four-year institution after transferring into one – leaving them with no degree in-hand. What they don’t know is they might have earned an associates degree in that time.
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