Best, Brightest and Rejected: Elite Colleges Turn Away Up to 95% In the just-completed admissions season, Stanford University accepted only 5 percent of applicants, a new low among the most prestigious schools, with the odds nearly as bad at its elite rivals. Deluged by more applications than ever, the most selective colleges are, inevitably, rejecting Read more

I recently received this from Darrell Downs, president of the Winona State University Faculty Association. You might remember him as the guy who said MnSCU’s Charting the Future plan smacked of overcentralization. Dear Governor Dayton: With the first Minnesota Miracle in 1971, Governor Wendell Anderson and the legislature hammered out a response to the inequitable Read more

College admission rates for Class of 2018: an imperfect but closely watched metric Admission rates are volatile from year to year, and comparing rates from one college to another is a precarious business. (The Washington Post) A New Model for For-Profit Education? Exactly how much power would “socially conscious companies” have from “abuse by shareholders demanding Read more

Can M.B.A. Students Afford to Wait for That Perfect Job? Prospective Graduates Take a Wait-And-See Approach to Employment Search (The Wall Street Journal) U.S. Students Rank Better Internationally On New Problem Solving Test Than They Do On Conventional Math and Reading Exams Here’s a modest test result to bolster the argument of those who say the American educational Read more

Alexandria Technical and Community College President Kevin Kopischke, who has worked in Minnesota vocational education for almost 40 years, tells me in an MPR report about the resurgence of interest in vocational education by business and state leaders: “I don’t think we’ve seen this level of involvement and commitment ever.” It’s Obama. It’s the recession. Read more

College material or not: who should decide? Should the decision be made by policy makers and school officials? Or parents and students? (The Washington Post) Assigning One’s Own Books to One’s Students Is it ethical to require students to buy a book that you wrote? Aren’t they already paying tuition for this professor’s expertise and knowledge? (Washington Monthly) Read more