Notes in the Margins: Pledging, wellness centers, and transparency

The Winners (and Losers) of College Financial Aid Regulations are allowing schools to remain ambiguous about their financial aid policies. As colleges shift their priorities, low-income students are getting left behind. Even the savviest consumers can have a difficult time understanding how much their college education will ultimately cost. (ProPublica)

Why the Obama administration should drop its college rating plan  A federal rating system of colleges and universities isn’t likely to help, given that rating systems present a limited view of any institution that is part of a rating or ranking. The government already publishes a great deal of information on institutions of higher education. (The Washington Post)

After Students’ Hazing-Related Deaths, Fraternity Eliminates Tradition of Pledging  It said it would instead offer new brothers full membership within days of inviting them to join. (The New York Times)

Welcome To The Newest Part Of The College Campus: The Wellness Center Part gym, part doctor’s office, part sustainable farm: Colleges are figuring out that making students healthy takes many forms, and putting them all under one roof can result in unexpected benefits. (Fast Company via University Business)

Getting More Low-Income Students Into College Isn’t About Money, It’s About The Curriculum Unless we ensure all students are exposed to high standards and have access to a demanding curriculum, all other efforts will have a marginal effect at best.  In fact, we need to do more than establish high standards.  We need to introduce all high school students to college-level material – not just those who are already destined for college. (Forbes via NAICU)