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Highlights from Higher Ed: Overcoming New Challenges with Change

1. The U.S. isn’t alone in needing a change to admissions policies

“Reflecting the difficulty of the journey taken by those from disadvantaged backgrounds should be a common sense principle in university admissions,” said Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust, when discussing the radical change that the education charity wants elite UK universities to undergo to promote equity of access. He adds: “giving low and moderate income students a break is the norm” at their U.S. equivalents.

2. Combining to cut costs

Connecticut’s community colleges may be seeing a difference in cost as a proposed plan would combine the 12 community colleges under the direction of a single vice chancellor. The plan would save $28 million and would cause a rise in ranking to the fifth largest community college in the country. How will this affect admissions and potential applicants?

3. Making an unfamiliar system familiar

As the Hispanic population of Montgomery County, Indiana increases, the Journal Review reports that local schools are offering more help to these students, many of whom are the first in their families to pursue a degree or even graduate high school. “Some of our families may not have much background on how to navigate secondary education,” said Amy Carrington, who directs the English-as-a-second language program at Crawfordsville Community Schools. “So it’s hard for them to help their students because not only is it in another language, it’s a different … system than what they’re used to.”

4. Higher ed faces new challenges and demands

What effect does the Presidential administration have on higher education? PwC explores the answers to this question in this year’s Perspectives in Higher Education report.  

Recommended Reading

The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission and Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton
Ivy League schools have led the charge on admissions techniques since the beginning. In The Chosen, Jerome Karabel talks about the changes Harvard, Yale and Princeton underwent to stay current with society and how they have impacted social change.

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