Category Archives: Students

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Penn Tweaks Application Requirements to Remove SAT Essay

The University of Pennsylvania has reshaped its application requirements for the 2015-16 admissions cycle, doing away with the requirement that applicants submit the writing portion of the SAT or ACT.

“The decision to no longer require the essay portion of the SAT or ACT is one we considered carefully,” said Eric Furda, dean of admissions, in a news release. “Our internal analysis as well as a review of the extensive research provided by the College Board showed that the essay component of the S…


How to Simplify the Fafsa? Student-Aid Officials’ Group Weighs In

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators is out with recommendations for how to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the Fafsa. Making the application less cumbersome is a popular cause, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the College Board, and the chairman of the U.S. Senate’s education committee, Lamar Alexander, among others.

In a report released on Thursday, the student-aid administrators’ group recommended that the Fafsa be m…


U. of New Hampshire’s President Condemns Guide to ‘Bias-Free Language’

A University of New Hampshire guide to “bias-free language” drew criticism on Wednesday from social-media posts that cited it as an example of political correctness gone too far, and it was even condemned by the college’s president. The Associated Press reports the president, Mark W. Huddleston, said the guide, which calls use of the word “American” problematic, among other things, is not campus policy.

“I am troubled by many things in the language guide, especially the suggestion that the use o…


U. of Cincinnati Police Officer Who Killed Unarmed Black Man Is Charged With Murder

[Last updated (7/29/2015, 3:13 p.m.) with footage from the officer's body camera and details from a news conference held by city leaders.]

The University of Cincinnati police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man during a traffic stop this month has been indicted by a grand jury and charged with murder, the Hamilton County prosecutor, Joseph T. Deters, announced on Wednesday.

The Associated Press reports that Mr. Deters said during a news conference that the officer, Ray Tensing, had “…


Wheaton College (Ill.) Ends Student Health Insurance Over Contraceptive Rule

Wheaton College of Illinois will stop providing students with health insurance because of its objections to the Obama administration’s controversial rule on access to contraceptives, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Many other religious colleges have asserted that the contraceptive mandate violates their religious beliefs. The Obama administration’s attempts to compromise on the rule have so far failed to satisfy those institutions, several of which have filed lawsuits over the mandate.



Black Students Are Among the Least-Prepared for College, Report Says

African-American students’ college readiness is lagging compared with that of other underrepresented students, according to a new report released on Monday by ACT and the United Negro College Fund. Sixty-two percent of African-American students who graduated from high school in 2014 and took the ACT met none of the organization’s four benchmarks that measure college readiness, which was twice the rate for all students.

“To help African-American students, we need to improve the quality of educati…


Investigation Finds High Dropout Rates at Unaccredited Law Schools

Nearly nine out of 10 students who attend unaccredited law schools in California drop out within four years, according to an investigation by the Los Angeles Times.

The schools offer four-year programs, and their students are allowed to take the state bar examination, although the schools are not required to meet the same academic standards as those that are accredited nationally or by the state bar. Students at the unaccredited schools are generally not eligible for federal financial assistance…


Former Valdosta State U. Student’s Free-Speech Lawsuit Ends in $900,000 Settlement

A former Valdosta State University student’s long-running First Amendment lawsuit will end with a $900,000 settlement, according to a news release from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

Thomas Hayden Barnes was expelled from the Georgia college in 2008 after he protested the building of two parking garages. He sued the college’s president, Ronald M. Zaccari, and in 2013 a federal jury awarded Mr. Barnes $50,000 after finding that the college had violated his due-process rights. …


Financial-Services Company Is Accused of Misleading Students

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has filed a complaint against a financial-services company, Student Financial Aid Services Inc., that it says illegally misled students. The federal bureau announced on Thursday that it had filed a proposed consent order that, if approved by a federal judge, would require the company to pay $5.2 million back to consumers.

The bureau alleges that the company, which provides assistance in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (or Fafsa) a…


Student-Loan Servicer Is Ordered to Pay Back $16 Million to Borrowers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has ordered a private student-loan servicer to refund nearly $16 million to borrowers after the federal agency found evidence of illegal practices. According to a consent order filed by the bureau, Discover Bank overstated in billing statements the minimum amount borrowers had to pay, engaged in illegal collecting practices, and did not provide necessary tax information to borrowers.

“Discover created student-debt stress for borrowers by inflating their b…