There was lots of big college admissions news this week, so we’ll just get right to it!
In the testing world, The College Board announced a major redesign to the SAT. The new exam will be a shorter, digital, adaptive test. The exam will be rolled out in stages over the next few years. You can read more about the changes in our recent blog post. As The College Board announced those changes, colleges announced extensions of their test-optional policies (Brown University, through the 2022-2023 admissions cycle) and doing away with testing altogether (the Cal State system).
The Supreme Court has decided to take on two cases that could affect the future of affirmative action in admissions. The Court will consider appeals from conservative student groups at Harvard and UNC that challenge the use of race in admissions.
Columbia University students were recently notified that if they were enrolled in classes during March 2020 and paid fees to the University, they’re eligible to receive “refund” payments from a $12.5 million settlement with the University. The exact amount hasn’t been determined yet, but this is considered a best-case scenario for the students.
A new policy by the NCAA allows each sport’s governing body to determine the eligibility of transgender athletes. Many critics feel the NCAA should develop its own policy that embraces inclusivity and ensures a competitive playing field across collegiate sports. The policy goes into effect this winter.
In an effort to prevent sexual assault and rape, the University of Southern California announced that security guards are required to be placed at bedroom doors at frat parties. The policy is in response to multiple reports of sexual abuse on campus.
Another university president resigned after it was revealed that he made multiple unwanted advances toward an employee. Mark Rosenberg of Florida International University stepped down after his actions were reported.
And in some good news this week, after Central Michigan University mistakenly notified 58 students that they were the recipients of a full ride scholarship (tuition plus room and board), the university apologized for its error and will honor the full tuition part of the package.