Here’s the very first SAT, from 1926. Can you pass it? Alas, the College Board couldn’t find the answer code. (The Washington Post)

Public strongly backs affirmative action programs on campus Americans say by roughly two-to-one (63% to 30%) that affirmative action programs designed to increase the number of black and minority students on college campuses is a “good thing,” according to a survey conducted Feb. 27-Mar. 16. This was almost the same result Pew Research found in 2003. Behind those overall numbers is a racial and partisan divide. (Pew Research Center)

Proportion of People With Degrees Is Up The proportion of adults aged 25 to 34 with college and university degrees is now almost 41 percent. (Washington Monthly)

Colleges Seek New Paths to Diversity After Court Ruling Leaders in higher education said affirmative action appeared to have a limited future. (The New York Times)

The New Lifelong Learners Technology is making “just-in-time” education possible—and the economy is making it necessary. (Slate via University Business)

How much are college students learning? This failure to examine systematically what is, after all, the core mission of colleges is a big problem for U.S. higher education. We’re awash in efforts to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of our colleges. But without a better base of comparative evidence, we won’t really know how these reforms affect learning. (CNN via NAICU)

The new SAT: Aptitude testing for college admissions falls out of favor There’s a reason the College Board scrubbed “aptitude” from the name of its big admission test two decades ago. The idea of a Scholastic Aptitude Test left the organization open to criticism that it believed some people were born to go to college and some weren’t. (The Washington Post)

What Law Schools Can Teach Colleges About Lowering Tuition  If law schools can reduce their tuition, why can’t other parts of higher education? And do institutions only lower their prices when demand falls? (Washington Monthly)

Transfers show community colleges’ rising reputation Institutions in California are part of a national trend to recruit community college students, mostly from minority and low-income backgrounds, to improve campus diversity. (Los Angeles Times)

Student Loans Can Suddenly Come Due When Co-Signers Die, a Report Finds Rohit Chopra, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s student loan ombudsman, said that he did not know how common the practice was, but that a steady stream of consumer complaints indicated it was becoming more frequent. He also said companies appeared to be doing it more or less automatically, combing public records of deaths and bankruptcies, comparing them to loan records and generating repayment demands and default notices. (The New York Times)

Root: Require a substantive curriculum (MPR News / Alex Friedrich)

CEO Howard Root of Vascular Solutions writes in the Star Tribune how disappointed he was in many of the transcripts submitted by recent University of Minnesota graduates applying to his company’s MedDevice Associate program.

Too many, Root writes, had courses that appeared to him to be easy A’s. And the “lack of substantive learning” among many college grads, he says, might be a factor behind the high underemployment of recent grads.

He writes:

The solution is for the university to return to the traditions of a liberal arts education with a required undergraduate curriculum of substantive courses in science, math, literature, composition and speech that requires a student to learn how to learn. That curriculum would prepare its graduates with the skills necessary to qualify for college-degree-required jobs like Vascular Solutions’ and begin to earn a financial return on their expensive college education.

You can read the full commentary here.

The Worst Trends in Higher Education  The real threat to higher education today is ideological: the expectation that universities will become instruments of society’s will, legislators’ will, governors’ will, that they will be required to produce specific quantifiable results, particularly economic, and to cease researching and teaching certain subjects that do not fit the utilitarian model. Read more

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