Notes in the Margins: Sports, visas and the computerized ACT

Colleges In U.S. Offer Highest-Ever Discount to Entice Students Private nonprofit colleges are offering students tuition discounts of 45 percent, on average, in response to a changing financial environment that stems from the weak economic recovery. Price reductions, designed to boost attendance, were at an all-time high in 2012 and outpaced the rate during the recession. (BloombergBusinessweek)

ACT to Move Toward Computer-Based Testing High school students will take the college-admissions exam by computer starting in the spring of 2015, but at least for a while, the paper and pencil version will still be available. (The New York Times)

College for all Open online courses are changing higher education. Traditional colleges face dangers—and opportunities. (McKinsey & Company)

Customs Ordered To Verify All International Student Visas  The Homeland Security Department ordered border agents to verify that every international student who arrives in the U.S. has a valid student visa, according to an internal memorandum. The new procedure is the government’s first security change directly related to the Boston bombings. (Associated Press via NAICU) 

The Chancellor’s Lament  Virtually all college presidents are in over their heads when it comes to their athletic departments. They have no background, no experience, that would prepare them for overseeing the $6 billion entertainment complex that big-time college sports has become. (The New York Times)