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Highlights from Higher Ed: Education Deserts and the Demise of Standardized Tests

RJ Nichol
Jul 20, 2018

11.2-million

That’s how many adults live in “education deserts,” areas that are more than a 60 minute drive away from a college. Are these areas being ignored in recruitment, therefore contributing to inequality in higher ed?

Your source for more on education deserts: The Chronicle of Higher Education

44%

That’s the percentage of Americans who agreed that public funding of higher education was “an excellent investment” in a recent study by Columbia University. The answers also show colleges have a lot of work to do in making the case to Americans that the institutions contribute in other areas, particularly in enhancing graduates’ civic participation.

Your source for more on this study: Inside Higher Ed

Less than 25

That’s an estimate of how many schools still require students to submit essay scores from SATs and ACTs as part of their college applications. Brown University became the latest to eliminate the requirement this week, claiming that it could “pose an impediment” for low-income students.

Your source for more on this decision: The Washington Post

26%

That’s the percentage of college applicants who use a private college admissions consultant to help their chances of acceptance. This may be due to the fact that in the past decade, acceptance rates at the nation’s top colleges have plummeted by over 50%.

Your source for more on how acceptance rates are impacting admissions: Entrepreneur

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