Highlights from Higher Ed: Standardized Tests and Greek Life

SAT replaces ACT as most widely used admissions test

For the first time in seven years, more graduating seniors took the SAT than the ACT.  Nearly 2 million U.S. students in the class of 2018 took the SAT during high school, compared with 1.91 million who took the ACT. A surge in delivery of the SAT on school days helped fuel the switch.

Source: The Washington Post

What factors encourage undergrads to pursue postgrad education?

According to a new Gallup survey, the top three factors that influenced student interest in graduate or professional school, outside of law school, were high interest in the work, high-paying jobs in the field, and opportunities for advancement in the field. The study also revealed that while many people from many different backgrounds are interested in pursuing postgraduate study, first-generation students don’t ask their families about postgraduate study, and may suffer for it.

Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education

Hobby Lobby purchases St. Gregory’s University campus

Arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby has purchased the Oklahoma campus for $8 million. The company plans to keep the campus a college, stating the purchase was made “to assure a meaningful, long-term future use” and “permit the University Campus to be utilized for college education in a Christian environment.” Hobby Lobby previously tried to purchase Northfield Mount Hermon prep school in Massachusetts in 2009 with the intent to turn the campus into a college, but the sale fell through.

Source: Education Dive

Study finds joining Greek life doesn’t lead to higher grades or better jobs

Though many fraternity and sorority pledges are drawn in with promises of higher GPAs and invaluable job connections post-graduation, a new study from the University of Miami has found that joining Greek life won’t lead to either. The study found that students in a fraternity or sorority actually have lower GPAs and do not have higher earnings than those who didn’t join after they graduate.

Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education

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