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APLU In The News: September 2014

September 30, 2014
Holistic admissions policies -- in which colleges consider a candidate as an individual, and base decisions on more than a formula of grades and test scores -- have long been common among undergraduate institutions, but have also gained ground in health professions admissions, according to a report released today. The report found that more than 90 percent of medical schools and nearly half of nursing bachelor's programs are using holistic admissions. Because holistic admissions can consider such factors as a candidate's background and disadvantaged status, these policies have generally been associated with increased diversity, and the new report finds that to be the case in health fields. Among institutions with many attributes of holistic admissions, more than 80 percent report that moving in that direction led to increased diversity in the student.
September 15, 2014
Three higher education associations are working to develop a framework to talk about and develop ways to gauge how well students do after college. The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), in partnership with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), will craft a strategic framework to help colleges and universities, policymakers and the public better understand and talk about post-collegiate outcomes in areas such as economic well-being, ongoing personal development, and social and civic engagement.
September 14, 2014
By Lauren Rosenblatt
Each year, Pitt omits a large portion of students in its graduation rates. The U.S. Department of Education does not allow schools to include transfer students in their calculations. But the Student Achievement Measure (SAM), an organization that encourages universities to post more comprehensive information about their graduation rates on their website, makes sure no student goes uncalculated.
September 12, 2014
By Kim A. Wilcox
About 4 million freshmen are entering four-year American universities and colleges this fall, and statistics show that only 39 percent of them will actually graduate in four years.
September 2, 2014
By Benjamin Hulac
Massive flooding from a 4.5-inch rain soaked the Detroit area last month, overloading local sewer systems and pushing sewage into rivers and lakes. Harmful toxins from a huge algae bloom in Lake Erie temporarily shut down drinking water in Toledo, Ohio. Sometimes even an inch or two of rain in Chicago can overwhelm the city's sewer system and flush wastewater into Lake Michigan.