The school year starts and then BAM. It’s Thanksgiving. How did that happen? If you’re anything like me, I always have this lofty goal of setting aside 30 minutes each day to review industry news and make sure I’m staying up-to-date with the latest and greatest. Does it happen? Not nearly as often as it should, but lucky for you, we’re here to help! Here are three great pieces you need to check out if you’re in higher ed!


What Colleges Want in an Applicant (Everything)

By Eric Hoover – The New York Times
This insightful article takes a very real, hard look into the admissions process from both the student and institutional perspective. It analyzes the many factors that influence a school’s decision when selecting their next cohorts such as merit, diversity, and legacy. Hoover includes several useful, creative examples of how colleges are expanding their applications to even the playing field for the applicants. He also explores the concept that while ideally, the process should be completely fair, the reality is that these schools also have a business to run. Yield, drop-out rates, and alumni giving all play a role in admissions decisions too. It’s a must-read for anyone in admissions or enrollment who knows these daily struggles.


The newest advantage of being rich in America? Higher grades

By Jon Marcus – The Hechinger Report
“GPAs rose from 3.25 to 3.51 from 1998 to 2016, for students in private schools who took SATs; for those in city schools, GPAs stayed almost flat.” Yikes. While grade inflation is a well-known problem amongst those in higher education, the variation in inflation rates and the potential impact it has on underprivileged populations is startling. As the number of applications continues to rise for many schools, it becomes increasingly more difficult to investigate and identify where inflation is happening. Additionally, Marcus looks at other factors such as teacher-absence rates, emergency lockdowns, and other challenges that tend to give low-income populations even greater disadvantages.


The Teacher Project

The Atlantic & The Columbia School of Journalism
(Yes, I lied in the title. Technically, it’s two articles and a podcast. Forgive me? ) The Teacher Project releases a new podcast every few weeks featuring an interview with a teacher and one of their former students. The majority of these stories are based on K-12 relationships, but I highly recommend this podcast to anyone working in higher education as well. These 10-20 minute interviews are just good for the soul. When you are feeling overwhelmed by the daily grind, download one of this little nuggets and reflect on what education is all about – the human connections. The interviews often connect teachers with former students of more than 20 years who have had profound impacts on their life by even the tiniest of actions. These quick, inspiring tales are perfect reminders of why educators work so hard each and every day to better the lives of their students.

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