This week, big donation news out of Stanford, a change in law school admissions, an illuminating poll on affirmative action, the benefits of study abroad, and a change to AP scores and awarding college credit in Missouri.
Stanford announced a new school, the university’s first new school in 70 years, The Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability. The creation of the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability is due to an incredibly generous gift of $1.1 billion from John and Ann Doerr (the largest gift in the university’s history). The goal of the school is to use an interdisciplinary approach to tackle the climate crisis.
The American Bar Association announced it will allow law schools to go test-optional.
A new Pew Center Poll found that 74% of Americans surveyed think race and ethnicity should not be considered in admissions decisions. The Supreme Court is preparing to hear two cases on affirmative action in the coming months.
New research out of the University of Georgia has found that students who study abroad are more likely to graduate on time. They also graduated with higher cumulative grade point averages than their peers.
A new bill was approved in Missouri that would require all public institutions in the state to award college credit for an AP Exam score of a 3 or higher. Some critics worry that this might give students the wrong idea about their subject mastery and preparedness for other college courses.
Speaking of which, good luck to all of our students currently taking AP Exams!