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Baylor Donors and Alumni Take a Stand

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In light of all of the negative publicity that Baylor University has received following the ongoing allegations of sexual-assault on the campus, influential alumni and key donors have formed a nonprofit group to demand and to oversee the overhaul of Baylor’s Board of Regents. Julie Hillrichs, spokesperson for Bears for Leadership Reform, asserted: “I cannot stress enough, it’s not about football . . . This is about women who have been sexually assaulted on this campus. We need to have total accountability and transparency.” [read more]

New Charges of Gender Bias Still Plaguing SAT

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March, May, and June have seen thousands of high school juniors and seniors study for and sit for the new redesigned SAT.  Along side the students were many professional test-takers with the primary goal of understanding the changes to the test so that they can develop better testing preparatory materials for those very important high school students.  It is these professionals who lay the claim of gender bias.  [read more]

Upcoming Changes for ACT Writing

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All of the sub-tests on the ACT are scored on a perfect score of 36 with the exception of the writing component, which will change to a 1-12 score. Some are concerned that this move will cause confusion with a population that is used to the 1-36 scale, but there is an explanation on the score report for anyone interested in reading about the new score. [read more]

College Return on Investment

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No matter how you look at it, college is an investment — both of time and money. Whether you’re planning to study computer science or psychology, earning potential in your chosen field, along with the cost of attendance for the schools you’re considering, should be part of the equation when whittling down your list of best return on investment colleges.

Check out the return on investment as reported by PayScale, the company with the largest salary database in the world.

New Federal Rule Will Avert Deportation for Thousands of Students

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Foreign students in science and technology will be able to extend their stay in the United States, under a new rule to be published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security this week. The regulation will be welcome relief to some 34,000 students — as well as to colleges and employers — who could have been forced to leave the country this spring because of a legal challenge to a program, Optional Practical Training, that allows them to work in the United States after graduation. [read more]

Depression High Among College Athletes

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Researchers at Drexel University, Kean University, and the College of New Jersey published an article in the British Journal of Sports Medicine reporting that 25% of college athletes suffer from depression.  These results concur with other tests conducted by the NCAA.  Responding to the findings of the NCAA study, the NCAA released a document outlining the best practices for dealing with athletes in need of mental-health care. [read more]

Making College More Affordable and Accessible for All

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An unprecedented coalition of diverse public and private colleges and universities is coming together to improve the college admission application process for all students. The Coalition is developing a free platform of online tools to streamline the experience of applying to college. The initial iteration of the platform will be available to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in high school beginning in April 2016.  [read more]

Rape Charges on College Campuses Lack Resolution

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40 years ago the US Congress passed the Gender Equity in Education Act also known as Title IX.  Although most people think of Title IX in terms of equal athletic opportunities, the law covers all aspects of a school’s educational experience including the way sexual assault and harassment charges are handled on the college campus.  Federal investigators are now examining more than 250 cases that remain unresolved.  Since 2011 only 19% of the cases reported on college campuses have been resolved.  [Read more]

Open Carry and Life on Campus

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On January 1, 2016 Texas joined thirty five other states known as “open carry” states. Many parents have questions about how this affects life on the college campus, especially life inside the dorms. The Attorney General of Texas has issued a statement citing the legality of prohibiting guns on public institutions of higher learning.  [read more]