Notes in the Margins: Race, learning disabilities and online fees

On College Forms, a Question of Race, or Races, Can Perplex The number of applicants who identify themselves as multiracial has mushroomed, adding another layer of anxiety, soul- (and family-tree-) searching and even gamesmanship to the process. (The New York Times)

Community college system looking into online fees California community college officials are looking into whether students are being charged improper fees to access online courses at campuses across the state. Hundreds of colleges use private companies to provide course materials such as online books that students cannot access after finishing the class. Critics say it is against state laws to charge twice for access to a class, a practice that’s common throughout the state’s community college system. (San Francisco Chronicle via University Business)

University of the People: Tuition-free higher education At a time when top national universities charge $50,000 a year in tuition and living expenses, University of the People represents quite an anomaly. The Pasadena, Calif., nonprofit university offers college coursework to about 1,000 students worldwide essentially for free. The only charge is a one-time application fee of $10 to $50, which varies according to the comparative wealth of the student’s home nation. (The Washington Post)

New group wants millennials to be a power bloc Our Time intends to increase its members’ consumer power, entrepreneurship and influence as a voting bloc. The organization is drawing on a demographic that’s coping with big student loan bills, a rough job market and gaps in health care coverage. (The Boston Globe)

Learning Disabilities Can Offer College Admission Edge Colleges are looking for diversity, Montesano explains, and having a learning disability represents a form of diversity. Colleges will often look at an applicant’s grades and test scores in a new light if presented with evidence of a learning disability. A learning disability may help put lower grades, class rankings, or standardized test scores in context. (US News & World Report)