Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
January 22, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
Why We Ended Legacy Admissions at Johns Hopkins
Ronald Daniels, The Atlantic
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When Ronald Daniels became president of Johns Hopkins University, the institution had more legacy students in its freshman class (12.5 percent) than students who were eligible for Pell Grants (9 percent). Now those numbers are reversed—3.5 percent of students in this year’s freshman class have a legacy connection to the university, and 19.1 percent are Pell-eligible.

In this commentary, Daniels explains why his school ended legacy admissions and how that decision is helping qualified and promising students from all backgrounds move up the social ladder.

Jamie Merisotis
Photo: LA Johnson
In a Test of Fairness, More Colleges Seek SAT Alternatives
Dakota Pawlicki, Medium
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The SAT has long been one of the most widely used measures in college admissions. But between a California lawsuit to stop schools from using the test in admission decisions and new University of Chicago research showing that grade-point average is a better indicator of college success than standardized test scores, future use of the SAT as an admissions tool may be in doubt.

Elissa Nadworny of NPR and Elaine Allensworth of UChicago Consortium discuss what might be next in admissions and what would be an improvement over standardized tests.

Jamie Merisotis
Photo:  Noah MacMillan
‘Why Didn’t You Believe in Me?’ The Family Reckoning After the College Admissions Scandal
Jennifer Levitz and Melissa Korn, The Wall Street Journal
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In their first interviews, Devin and Matteo Sloane talk separately about what led to their family becoming embroiled in a nationwide college admissions scandal and how they are navigating the aftermath. 

The father and son describe intense parental anxieties about college that contributed to a pressure-cooker environment at home and school, an experience mirrored in accounts from many other families drawn into the scheme. 

Jamie Merisotis
Saving History at College Radio Stations, One Tape at a Time
Audrey Williams June, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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In 2013, Jocelyn Robinson enrolled in a radio-production skills program at WYSO, a public radio station that used to be owned by Antioch College.

During the training program, she produced a piece that included civil-rights era audio from WYSO’s archives, setting the stage for what would become her passion: preserving the audio from radio stations at historically black colleges and universities.

The Imperative to Improve College Learning
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
Essay: Fixes for Short-Term Pell
Jim Jacob, Inside Higher Ed
More Help for Student-Parents
Community College Daily
A Kelley Blue Book for College Costs
Frederick Hess, EducationNext
NPCC Opens Food Pantry to Help Battle Food Insecurity on Campus
Job Vigil, North Platte Telegraph (Nebraska)
New Talent Hubs Serve Today’s Students
Dakota Pawlicki, Lumina Foundation
College Access and Adult Health
National Bureau of Economic Research
The College Wealth Divide Continues to Grow
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
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