Notes in the Margins: MOOCs, graduation rates and the SAT

College Board to make changes to SAT The SAT, the most widely used college entrance exam for generations of students, is getting a makeover. David Coleman, president of the College Board, says it will redesign the test to more sharply focus on the “core set of knowledge and skills” that high school graduates need to succeed in college. (The Washington Post)

Undocumented students push for in-state tuition Currently undocumented students who are lifelong state residents are not eligible for in-state tuition, forcing some to give up on higher education. (USA Today)

Largest for-profit U.S. university expects to be put on probation by accreditor The University of Phoenix, the largest for-profit university in the United States and the school with that great "I Am a Phoenix" advertising campaign, is expecting to be put on probation by its accrediting agency. (The Washington Post)

Only Half of First-Time College Students Graduate in 6 Years A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center looks at six-year graduation rates for first-time college students who enrolled in fall 2006.


(The New York Times)

Let Online Higher Ed Mature Before Giving Financial Aid Federal support should wait until MOOCs, now only a niche service, develop ways to address higher education’s fundamental economic problem: the high cost of labor-intensive attention and feedback from professors. (Bloomberg via NAICU)

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