Happy New Year!
As 2021 gets underway, much of the news in the college landscape is still about the coronavirus and its far-reaching impact on college admissions, campus life, and beyond. Many college and university presidents have also weighed in on the devastating attack on the Capitol; you can read a compilation of their reactions here.
In other news…the Education Department updated its “College Scorecard” to include information on how well students are able to repay their loans upon graduation. This is a big step forward in terms of transparency and can help students make more informed decisions.
Joe Biden also announced his pick for Education Secretary, announcing Miguel Cardona as his choice. Cardona currently serves as education commissioner in Connecticut.
The University of California Board of Regents recently banned the use of the SAT and ACT in the admissions process. Debates are ongoing about what examination(s) should be utilized in their place. Two experts argue the UC system should ban all testing permanently.
Though this was an unusual year for college football, the University of Alabama managed to complete their season undefeated and captured another national championship. Roll Tide!
To help students navigate the college search when in-person visits and discussions aren’t possible, NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) is hosting all of its college fairs virtually this spring. Check out the list here!
Finally, CBS News reports that President-Elect Joe Biden has plans to continue to extend the pause of federal student loan repayments and that he also supports Congress immediately canceling $10,000 of federal student loan debt per person as a response to the COVID crisis.