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Application Inflation: When Is Enough Enough?

November 5, 2010

The numbers keep rising, the superlatives keep glowing. Each year, selective colleges promote their application totals, along with the virtues of their applicants. For this fall’s freshman class, the statistics reached remarkable levels. Stanford received a record 32,022 applications from students it called “simply amazing,” and accepted 7 percent of them. Brown saw an unprecedented 30,135 applicants, who left the admissions staff “deeply impressed and at times awed.” Nine percent were admitted.

Article Source: New York Times
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Penn Center for High Impact Philanthropy Hosts Inaugural Seminar Featuring Newark Mayor


            PHILADELPHIA –- The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania will host its inaugural seminar, “Addressing the Needs of Vulnerable Families,” on Monday, Nov. 8, featuring Cory A. Booker, mayor of Newark, N.J., as the keynote speaker.

Conveying the Black College Experience Into Distance Learning

November 4, 2010

Marybeth Gasman of the Graduate School of Education suggests that traditional higher -education institutions could learn advertising tactics from for-profit institutions in order to appeal to more students.

Article Source: Diverse

Union, Schools, Penn Announce Collaboration Plan

October 30, 2010

Penn announces plans to provide more services and resources for West Philadelphia students and their families.


Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

High Pressure Fundraising = Big Turn Off

October 30, 2010

Marybeth Gasman of the Graduate School of Education contributes her opinion on overbearing tactics used for fundraising at higher education institutions.

When Law School Becomes a Bad Investment

October 30, 2010

During the recession, the logic was ubiquitous: The economy is terrible - better to wait it out! It is a three-year fast track to a remunerative, respectable career! It's not just learning a subject - it's learning how to think! Law school, always the safe choice, be came a more popular choice. Between 2007 and 2009, the number of LSAT takers climbed 20.5 percent. Law school applications increased in turn. But now a number of recent or current law students are saying - or screaming - that they made a mistake.

Article Source: Washington Post

An Open Letter to HBCU Students and Alumni

October 28, 2010

Marybeth Gasman of the Graduate School of Education shares her perspective on issues of access and retention for students of color.

Article Source: Diverse

Monica Yant Kinney: Give Teachers Dollars to Go With Ideals

October 31, 2010

Richard Ingersoll of the Graduate School of Education comments on the disparity between teachers’ salaries and the value of their work.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Wharton Shops for Retail MBAs

October 28, 2010

The Wharton School announces a $15 million gift from Jay and Patty Baker.

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Oops, We've Given That Test Before

October 29, 2010

The Educational Testing Service is canceling all scores on the Graduate Record Examination from China this month because large portions of the test had been used in previous administrations of the exam. While testing companies periodically have to cancel scores when a testing center makes an error or gives an incorrect version of a test, making an error throughout China has major ramifications. About 24,000 test takers -- most of them likely applicants to graduate schools in the United States -- took the GRE this month in China.

Article Source: Inside Higher Ed