Entries in On Campus by Kirk Carapezza
If you're in high school, there's no escaping the college-application madness ― even during the lazy days of summer. Some students are now enrolling in expensive pre-college summer courses they hope will catch the eye of admissions officers they’d like to impress. But experts say it’d be a mistake to think these courses give anyone a leg up in the admissions game.
Republican and Democratic lawmakers Wednesday questioned the merits of alternative learning models, as the Senate Education Committee held a hearing on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, the law that governs federal financial student aid.
A survey of four-year nonprofit colleges shows 90 percent of admissions officers are carefully watching legal challenges to affirmative action, but few are changing their policies.
As students are increasingly stressed about their finances, debt-free college is all the rage. Politicians are using the concept as an attractive campaign platform, but critics say it makes more sense in theory than in practice.
Corporate America is increasingly partnering with online higher education. First, it was Starbucks and Arizona State University. Then, it was Chrysler-Fiat and Strayer University in Virginia. Just this month, Chipotle got wrapped up in the movement. More businesses are paying for their workers to go to college, and employees are taking advantage of the opportunity.
Wednesday was former Congressman Marty Meehan’s first day on the job as president of the University of Massachusetts. He's the system's 27th president, but its first graduate to lead the university. Meehan spent his first day meeting with students.
Two of the nation's top performing arts colleges are exploring a merger. Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory are considering a deal that would allow the schools to share faculty and curricula.
The Supreme Court will once again take up affirmative action in college admissions. The Court announced Monday it would review whether considering race and ethnicity while building a college class is constitutional.
Over the weekend, Virginia's attorney general announced that an agreement had been reached to keep Sweet Briar College open. The reversal comes three months after the College’s Board of Trustees voted to shut it down, citing "insurmountable financial problems.”