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The Second Coming of Fisher: UT Austin’s Race-Conscious Admissions Policy Upheld by SCOTUS

Posted in Admissions, Higher Education
Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the University of Texas at Austin’s use of race in its admissions policies and procedures by rendering a decision in the second case brought by Abigail Fisher, a white woman who was rejected for admission to UT Austin over eight years ago. In June 2013, the Supreme Court remanded… Continue Reading

‘The Fountain Hopper’ – The Latest Example of Student FERPA Activism

Posted in Admissions, Higher Education
Last week, an anonymous Stanford University publication called The Fountain Hopper gained the attention of not only Stanford students, but admissions officers nationwide, when it disseminated a communication encouraging students to demand access to their purportedly confidential admissions files pursuant to the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  Published accounts indicate that as… Continue Reading

“Accountability, Transparency, and Integrity” — NACAC Amends Statement of Principles and Issues Guide for Use of International Student Recruitment Agencies

Posted in Admissions, International Students
Last September, during its 2013 National Conference, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) approved a change to its Statement of Principles of Good Practice that would allow member colleges and universities to use commissioned agents to recruit students outside the United States.   As amended, the Statement admonished institutions using commissioned agents to “ensure… Continue Reading

Enforcing Disclosure Requirements in the Admissions Process

Posted in Admissions, Student Affairs
Many colleges and universities require applicants to provide information on arrests and convictions as part of the application process.  A recent case, Matter of Powers v. St. John’s University School of Law, illustrates just how costly it can be for the applicant to be less than completely forthcoming. The St. John’s University School of Law,… Continue Reading

NACAC on International Recruitment: The New Chapter

Posted in Admissions
The use and compensation of commissioned agents to recruit students from outside the United States has been debated at length in recent years.  On September 21, 2013, the debate took its latest turn when the Assembly of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) voted to approve a change to its ethical standards that… Continue Reading

Race and Admissions – Some Clarification?

Posted in Admissions, Affirmative Action
The United States Department of Justice and the United States Department of Education recently issued a jointly-authored Dear Colleague Letter  and accompanying “Questions and Answers” document discussing the Supreme Court’s June 2013 decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. This joint guidance reaffirmed the Departments’ mutual belief in the value of efforts by… Continue Reading