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A federal judge ruled that Harvad can continue to use race as one of many factors in its admission decisions. f11photo/Shutterstock.com

Harvard can use race as an admissions factor, at least for now

Tuesday's ruling in the Harvard affirmative action case allows colleges to use race in their admission decisions. A legal scholar offers insights into how long before race won't be needed.
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?
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.
William ‘Rick’ Singer founder of the Edge College & Career Network, pleaded guilty to charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. AP Photo/Steven Senne

Why rich parents are more likely to be unethical

An expert explains the many reasons why people behave in an unethical manner and what research shows on why the wealthy have a need to maintain their higher status.
Clockwise from top left, Georgetown University, Stanford University, Yale University, and University of California, Los Angeles. AP

Why meritocracy is a myth in college admissions

Even if wealthy parents don't resort to the kind of illegal tactics in the recent college cheating scandal revealed by the FBI, the college admission process still favors the rich, scholars argue.
Could a random admissions process help spare universities from legal trouble and save time and money? Adam Alagna/www.shutterstock.com

Why elite colleges should use a lottery to admit students

Colleges and universities are often criticized for how they admit students from diverse groups. A college admissions scholar suggests an admissions lottery could help make the process more fair.
Students prep for the SAT at a test prep center in New York City. Kaplan Test Prep

Test prep is a rite of passage for many Asian-Americans

Test prep is a prominent feature in Asian-American communities, which helps explain recent gains that Asian-Americans made in the SAT and ACT college entrance exams, a higher education scholar argues.
Black students who express an interest in racial justice are less likely to get a response from predominantly white, private liberal arts colleges, new research shows. AshTproductions/www.shutterstock.com

Black student activists face penalty in college admissions

New research by sociologist Ted Thornhill shows that black students who indicate they plan to fight for racial justice are more likely to be ignored by white admissions counselors.
Federal guidance on race is college admissions is changing. www.shutterstock.com

Considering race in college admissions: 3 questions answered

The Trump administration recently announced it will reverse several policy memos outlining how colleges and universities can use race as a factor in admissions. Will diversity on campus take a hit?
How peers perform in college can affect student mental health. mimagephotography/www.shutterstock.com

Choosing the wrong college can be bad for your mental health

When students attend a college where the student body is academically weaker than the one where they went to high school, they are more likely to show symptoms of depression, new research finds.
More and more students at Harvard are examining their admission files to try to understand how they got in. The U.S. government is also plans to examine the files as part of a discrimination case filed by 63 Asian- American groups. Shutterstock.com

You’re not going to get accepted into a top university on merit alone

Students and government officials alike hope Harvard's admission files will yield clues about who gets in and why, but a Harvard researcher says their efforts will be in vain.
Race-neutral affirmative action can help identify first-generation students like Blanca Diaz and LaQuintah Garrett. AP Photo/Amy Anthony

Colleges need affirmative action – but it can be expanded

Race-conscious admissions policies are still the best way to achieve diversity on campus. Yet, some race-neutral methods could help colleges improve diversity – and stand up to legal scrutiny.

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