This week, Colorado banned legacy admissions, a new TOEFL was unveiled, the California Senate introduced legislation cutting out of state enrollment, and some med schools announced changes to their curricula.
Is it a sign of what’s to come? Colorado became the first state to ban legacy admissions at its public colleges.
In testing news, ETS announced a new TOEFL exam. The new test will be shorter and more affordable in an effort to compete with DuoLingo. It’s not designed to replace the existing TOEFL iBT. Instead, ETS is hoping colleges will accept both tests.
There’s a proposal in the California State Senate that would reduce the number of out-of-state residents in the University of California system. The current system-wide average is 19% and the proposal suggests a reduction to 17% in the 2022-2023 academic year. Eventually, the goal is to cap out-of-state students at 10%, which would be phased in over the next decade.
Last month, the CDC declared racism a serious threat to public health. Medical schools are responding by updating their curricula with courses about racism in healthcare and teaching students how to communicate with patients from diverse cultures and backgrounds. The University of Miami and FAU have already implemented changes.