Notes in the Margins: Mocking applicants, setting tuition and overtaking the SAT

Tuition varies a lot There is a wide distribution of tuition at for-profit colleges. Normally, price competition should result in a pretty narrow distribution, and such competition should be most evident in the for-profit sector for two reasons. (The Quick and the Ed)

More views on College Board’s SAT rewrite Two rival college admissions tests have almost evenly split the national market. In the fall, my colleague Valerie Strauss of The Answer Sheet reported that the ACT had nosed past the long-dominant SAT for the first time in the number of test-takers. (The Washington Post)

Honor codes evolve along with technology, student life Some colleges implement honor codes that create various trust-based systems in students’ academic and social spheres. (USA Today)

Sequester threatens university research funding and federal student aid The impending federal budget cuts known as the sequester, which will go into effect on Friday without action by Congress, are poised to have a significantly negative effect on both public and private universities nationwide. Some forms of federal student aid and funding for a variety of research programs are likely to find themselves on the chopping block, according to the White House and university administrators. (The Huffington Post via NAICU)

Former admissions officer mocked applicant essays A University of Pennsylvania case raises questions about social media in admissions. (The Daily Pennsylvanian via Education Dive)