This week, a report on declining acceptance rates, China’s Covid policy and its impact on AP exam-takers, the UNC Journalism School accreditation is downgraded, a testing policy reversal in Tennessee, and a graduation plan at the University of Rochester that supports international students.
EDSmart has named 10 schools that have seen the greatest decline in acceptance rates between 2001 and 2020. The data is from the National Center for Education Statistics. You can see the list here.
China’s “Zero-Covid” policies have prevented thousands of students from taking AP Exams this month. Students, parents, and educators throughout China are frustrated by this policy. Previously, the College Board offered temporary, online exams, but did not this year.
UNC Chapel Hill’s Journalism School recently had their accreditation downgraded. Students and faculty feel that this is unfair and is due, in part, to the treatment of Nikole Hannah-Jones. Hannah-Jones, a Chapel Hill alum, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and author of the “1619 Project,” was originally denied a tenure vote due to the politicized content of the “1619 Project.”
The University of Tennessee announced that all campuses, including UT Knoxville, will now require standardized tests (ACT/SAT) for first-year applicants applying to attend UT in Fall 2023. This reversal will not impact students starting this fall.
Inside Higher Ed reported this week on a new program at the University of Rochester that pairs faculty and staff with international students whose families can’t attend graduation due to Covid restrictions or prohibitive costs of airfare.
Speaking of which, congratulations to all students graduating this weekend!