This week, a well-known author shares insights after investigating the U.S. News college ranking system, ACT registration is live, more schools are test-optional and test-blind, UC Berkeley receives a big gift, and a spelling bee champion earns a few college scholarships!
Bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell re-examines the U.S. News and World Report annual college rankings system in his podcast, Revisionist History. In two different episodes, he first looks at the history of the rankings and then explores the impact on one school in particular, Dillard University.
In other rankings news, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) is one of many signatories on an open letter to U.S. News and World Report asking them to no longer consider test scores in their ranking system.
In testing news, a few more schools have recently updated their testing policies. Pitzer College is now test-blind and the state system of Illinois is now test-optional.
While we’re talking about testing…ACT registration for 2021-2022 opened earlier this week. You can find more information about registration for the fall and beyond here.
UC Berkeley is the happy recipient of the largest gift in the school’s history – $300 million from the Helen Diller Family Foundation for a new 772-bed dorm for transfer students.
Zalia Avant-garde, the 14-year-old winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee and first African-American contestant to win the competition, has been awarded multiple college tuition scholarships. She’s also an accomplished basketball player and holds three Guinness World Records for basketball skills. Pretty cool? Y-E-S!
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