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Highlights from Higher Ed: Affirmative Action, Access and the ACT

1. The case against affirmative action

It’s about time for the federal government to stop allowing colleges to “put a thumb on the scales and admit certain races over others,” argues the contributor of this Fortune commentary. Race in admissions is a hot topic, and this post offers some insight into why some believe it should play no part at all.

2. SAT or ACT — who will win the great college test showdown?

High school students are preparing for the first summer SAT exam in four decades, which is coming up later this month. The new early date is the latest attempt for the exam historically taken by more college-bound students on the East and West Coasts to compete with the ACT, which had been more popular in the Midwest and South. What does this mean for students? Long travel to test sites and more stress on top of what they’re already experiencing as they prepare for this important test, says Newsday.

3. More access for those with less money.

Loyola believes more students, no matter their families’ incomes, should have access to college and they’re trying to make it happen. Arrupe College, a two-year program at the University’s Water Tower Campus, is providing a model that could help other colleges across the country provide a bridge between high school and college for low-income, first-generation college students.

4. What would high schoolers do?

Ruffalo Noel Levitz has released some of the key findings of its annual research into the digital behaviors of college-bound high school students. Key among them are the fact that sophomores lead the way in clicking on paid college digital ads and half of parents take action on behalf of their students, with those with seniors being extra active.

Recommended Reading

Breakaway Learners: Strategies for Post-Secondary Success with At-Risk Students
Does your local library have a copy? WorldCat will tell you. 
“At-risk students,” “nontraditional students” — There are many labels applied to the group of students who arrive at college with a high risk of dropping out. In this title, former senior policy adviser to the US Department of Education Karen Gross explores their negative connotations and proposes “breakaway learners” as a better option.

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