This week, a possible ban on legacy admissions and early decision in NY, changes to the Common App, an update from UC Berkeley on enrollment, and big news for HBCUs.
There has been chatter this week about a ban on all legacy admissions and early decision practices at public and private colleges in the state of New York. The bill, “Fair College Admissions Act,” was introduced to the legislature this week by New York state Senator Andrew Gounardes. Gounardes is confident the bill will pass; there is, however, significant pushback from private colleges throughout the state. We will be following this story closely.
For a different approach to legacy admissions, take a look at McDaniel College outside of Baltimore, MD. In addition to offering $30,000 per year to children of alumni, McDaniel offers the same scholarship to any student whose parent(s) work at a K-12 school or community college as well as to veterans, active-duty military personnel, and their children.
The Common App has announced further changes to make questions of identity more inclusive, including additional prefix and gender options. Many stakeholders are applauding these updates.
Last week, we shared that UC Berkeley would have to cut enrollment by approximately 3,000 students due to a court order. After crunching the numbers again, Berkeley is reporting that the total is actually closer to 400 students. Their new “mitigation strategy” is to offer on-campus admission to as many California residents as possible and to offer other admitted students the option to take a fully remote first semester or defer their enrollment until the spring.
The United Negro College Fund and Deloitte Digital announced the launch of a new online platform for HBCU students and faculty at different institutions across the country to learn and connect in a new virtual environment. The plan represents a “strategic initiative to reimagine online education in partnership with HBCUs.”