Adam Grant of the Wharton School pens an op-ed about men acknowledging inequality in the workplace.
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Penn in the News
Penn is mentioned for its relationship with the Penn Alexander School.
George Hajishengallis of the School of Dental Medicine is featured for studying a protein that prevents periodontitis and could eventually help prevent bone loss.
Olivia Mitchell of the Wharton School writes about researching baby boomer women and how they are handling debt.
Undergraduate Whitney Stewart is highlighted for being the Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Youth of the Year.
Noteworthy in Higher Education
A few years back, many seeking to reform college admissions focused on early decision, under which applicants pledge to enroll if admitted, and both apply and find out if they got in months before the normal schedule. The system, they said, favored wealthier applicants and forced high school students to commit to a college earlier than was wise for many of them. Much of the discussion focused on the most competitive colleges and universities. But if a session here at the annual meeting of the National Association for College Admission Counseling was any indication, the real issue today may be early action, in which applicants are notified early but don't have to commit. Hundreds attended, many standing in line to get into the packed room, and counselors made clear, in their applause and their interviews before and after the panel, that they wanted colleges to scale back or kill early action. It is adding pressure on applicants, their families and their high schools, they said, and not helping anyone educationally. Because of the lack of a penalty for opting not to enroll, they said, more and more applicants are trying to apply somewhere early action.
Does the world need a new way to apply to college? The question echoed throughout the convention center on Thursday here at the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s annual conference. Three days after a group of more than 80 selective colleges announced plans to build a shared application platform that would "streamline the experience of planning for and applying to college," some admissions officials described the idea as a bold, welcome innovation. Others said it was a hollow gesture, a marketing gimmick meant to enhance the reputations of participating institutions, which have dubbed themselves the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success.
Let’s talk about fairness, the word no one can quite pin down. It echoes in high-school hallways and campus quads, in editorial pages and judicial opinions — wherever people have something to say about college admissions. But what is fairness, really? Ask the applicant, for whom an admissions decision from a selective college arrives like the last judgment. An acceptance rewards years of studying deep into the night, excelling in extracurriculars, and shelling out for those SAT-prep courses. And rejection is condemnation.
Students, parents and educators increasingly obsessed with college rankings have a new tool: the Obama administration’s College Scorecard. The new database focuses on a college’s graduation rate, graduates’ median earnings 10 years after graduation and the percentage of students paying back their college loans. While Scorecard adds potentially valuable information to the dizzying array that is already available, it suffers from many of the same flaws that afflict nearly every other college ranking system: There is no way to know what, if any, impact a particular college has on its graduates’ earnings, or life for that matter.
Five percent of undergraduate women surveyed at Stanford University said they have experienced sexual assault in their time at the school, and a larger share said they were victims of other sexual misconduct. The findings, released Thursday, are the latest in a series of reports from prominent universities on sexual assault and misconduct. They underscored how much the definition of sexual assault can affect the results of surveys.
For now, the largest public university in Georgia remains the predictable one: the University of Georgia. But a four-year school in Atlanta is close on the heels of the flagship in Athens and is gaining widespread attention for innovative efforts to keep disadvantaged students on track toward a degree. Georgia State University had nearly 33,000 students in fall 2014, 25,000 of them undergraduates. Its undergrad enrollment has grown 50 percent since 2000. U-Ga.’s enrollment was 35,000, including 27,000 undergrads. The flagship’s undergrad growth over 14 years was about 9 percent.
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