Notes in the Margins: Ag, adjunct profs and an old ally

More colleges break the news to would-be students online While some holdouts continue to rely only on the U.S. Postal Service to deliver the news, growing numbers of colleges have migrated to online notification in recent years, via Web sites or e-mail. (The Washington Post)

The paradox of the college denial letter At the heart of college denial letters lies a paradox. The admissions deans who sign them almost always express sorrow or regret over their decision to turn down an applicant. And yet colleges seeking to attain or maintain prestige reap an undeniable benefit from the act of denial on a massive scale. (The Washington Post)

AAUP: Don’t Cut Adjunct Hours To Avoid Obamacare Requirements Colleges that reduce working hours for part-time instructors to avoid providing them health insurance coverage are under fire, even as they await guidance from the Internal Revenue Service on how best to credit such faculty for their time. (The Huffington Post)

Agriculture majors face future with confidence Agriculture science is seeing a surge at universities; the major’s popularity has led to both a broader field of study and curriculum changes to better prepare students for the field. (USA Today)

An Old Ally Sends Droves of Students to U.S. Which European nation sends the most young people to America? It’s not Britain, Germany or France. It’s Turkey. (The New York Times)