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Despite being known for high college acceptance rates, Urban Prep Academies recently lost a charter to operate a school on Chicago’s west side. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy – known for 100% college acceptance rates – put reputation ahead of results

Urban Prep Academy in Chicago made a name by boasting about its 100% college acceptance rates for graduating seniors. A founding teacher at Urban Prep explains why that statistic is misleading.
Students’ home and family backgrounds will be factored into their SAT scores. Monkey Business Images/www.shutterstock.com

The SAT’s new ‘adversity score’ is a poor fix for a problematic test

The College Board is adding a new 'adversity score' to the SAT to take students' socioeconomic backgrounds into account. Will the move correct long-standing disparities in the college entrance exam?
Students hug after a ceremony at Tufts University May 3. The ceremony celebrated 58 students who are the first in their family to receive a college degree. Anna Miller/Tufts University

This commencement speech had nothing but questions

At a special commencement ceremony for first-generation college graduates, a dean gave a speech made up of nothing but questions.
Changing the way you think about stress can help you deal with it better, research shows. sun ok from www.shutterstock.com

5 tips for college students to use final exam stress to their advantage

Although the end of the semester can be a stressful time for students, embracing the stress can help students deal with it better than trying to avoid it, a well-being expert argues.
Assistant professor of chemistry Sidney Wilkerson-Hill, left, in a chemistry lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with Bolatito Babatunde, a student in the Chancellor’s Science Scholars program at UNC. Lars Sahl / UNC Chemistry

Here’s how to increase diversity in STEM at the college level and beyond

Researchers find promising results for two programs patterned after the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, a renowned initiative launched at UMBC in the 1980s and known to increase diversity in STEM.
Most of the nation’s top schools experience a major scandal that causes applications to fall, new research shows. EQRoy from www.shutterstock.com

Should you apply to a college that has had a recent scandal?

When scandals take place at a college, the natural reaction for some people is to avoid the school. But two economists suggest potential applicants think hard about their decision.
President Donald Trump holds up an executive order requiring colleges to certify that their policies support free speech as a condition of receiving federal research grants. Jacquelyn Martin/AP

What President Trump’s executive order on campus free speech is really meant to do

Though largely political and symbolic, the campus free speech order that President Trump issued matters because it ties millions of federal research dollars to how well colleges protect free speech.
College yearbook editors in the 1960s juxtaposed pictures of traditional campus activities, such as Greek Life, alongside images of protests and marches. The Kentuckian, 1968

Beyond blackface: How college yearbooks captured protest and change

Recent blackface scandals that involve college yearbooks have overshadowed how yearbooks also chronicled important turning points in the history of US higher education, a historian argues.
Young entrepreneurs are increasingly turning to universities to help launch their businesses. GUGAI/www.shutterstock.com

Gen Z entrepreneurs view higher education as vital to their startups

Rather than bypass college to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams, members of Generation Z are increasingly partnering with universities to launch new startups, a university president says.
T.M. Landry College Prep co-founders Tracey and Michael Landry have stepped down from the school’s board as authorities investigate a wide range of allegations against the school, from academic fraud to physical abuse. T.M. Landry College Prep

How T.M. Landry College Prep failed black families

T.M. Landry College Prep, facing allegations of abuse, is known for getting students from poor backgrounds into Ivy League schools. An education scholar says the school's focus was misplaced.
Some police reform efforts encourage stations to hire more educated officers. vchal/shutterstock.com

College-educated cops enforce the law more aggressively

Officers with college degrees were significantly more likely to pull over drivers for less serious violations, search drivers or their vehicles and make arrests on discretionary grounds.
Students at Person High School use cardboard goggles to take a virtual tour of University of North Carolina campuses. Person County Schools

Virtual reality tours give rural students a glimpse of college life

A new virtual campus tour project in North Carolina could change the way students in rural or otherwise remote areas are able to 'see' prospective colleges without ever leaving their high schools.
Regular exercise can go a long way towards keeping off the weight gain at college and you don’t have to be a serious athlete to participate. (Shutterstock)

How to beat the ‘freshman five’ weight gain

Research shows that young adults who don't exercise can expect an average eight kilograms of extra fat on their body by 28 years of age.

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