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Highlights from Higher Ed: Legacy Admissions and the Hot Seat

RJ Nichol
Jul 13, 2018

60%

That’s how much less it costs to attend Berklee’s online program rather than their in-person classes. Though the drastic price decrease was initially criticized, as of fall 2017, Berklee Online’s undergraduate enrollment stood at 1,138 students, up from 244 just two academic years earlier.

Source: Inside Higher Ed

5

That’s how many surprise questions were thrown at President Michael A. McRobbie of Indiana University as part of “In the Hot Seat,” a new video series by the Chronicle of Higher Education, including “What is higher education’s biggest moral failure?”

Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education

30%

That’s the rate that legacy students are admitted at Princeton University — and admission rate for legacies is about double the rate for the overall applicant pool at many top schools. Concerns over the legacy advantage reflect broader unease about competing priorities in admissions.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

76%

That’s how many American faculty members are white, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Many institutions are still struggling to recognize the importance of recruiting and better supporting faculty members of color. Education Dive caught up with six industry leaders who participated in diversity and civility institutes recently hosted by the Council of Independent Colleges.

Source: Education Dive

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