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The Battle to Test International Students

Inside Higher Ed.

February 22, 2021   Admissions, Enrollment Management Trends

While the COIVD-19 pandemic has prompted many higher education institutions to implement test-optional or test-blind options for domestic students, most are still requiring foreign students to take a test to demonstrate their English proficiency. An alternative, new version of the test, offered by Duolingo, has gained market share in the past year, prompting ETS to unveil a new version of the TOEFL, called TOEFL Essentials.

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Can Algorithms Save College Admissions?

The Chronicle of Higher Education

December 15, 2020   Admissions, Enrollment Management Trends

Competition in higher education admissions continues to be driven by demographic declines and increasing price sensitivity, among other factors. The ongoing crisis created by the outbreak of COVID-19 has further revealed the fragility of the current admissions model, which relies heavily on campus visits and travel for recruitment. This article examines the possibility of replacing the current admissions process with a match process, similar to medical school model.

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7 charts that give a snapshot of college enrollment this fall

Education Dive

November 12, 2020   Admissions, Enrollment Management Trends

The pandemic’s impact on higher education is expected to linger, though colleges aren’t experiencing lower enrollment levels equally. Given preliminary data, overall undergraduate enrollment fell 4.4% from a year ago, and public two-year schools saw more than double that decline. It is also important to note that the enrollment trends vary based on student demographic.

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How COVID Could Impact Transfer

Inside Higher Ed.

September 25, 2020   Admissions, Enrollment Management Trends

With the high school population decreasing in most parts of the country, many four-year institutions are looking to two-year colleges for transfer students to fill out their enrollment. To best facilitate enrollment and completion for students, two- and four-year colleges should strategically collaborate to ensure a seamless process and transition.

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Admissions group asks colleges to rethink role of SAT, ACT

Education Dive

August 18, 2020   Admissions, Enrollment Management Trends

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, higher education institutions have shifted to allow for unprecedented test score submission flexibility. The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) expressed interest in reevaluating the role of entrance exams in college admissions and is calling for administrators to be more transparent in how they are used in the decision-making process.

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How The Coronavirus Has Upended College Admissions


August 12, 2020   Admissions

With the pandemic’s impact on standardized testing, the shift in high school coursework to pass/fail, and the absence of extracurricular activities (data points that are typically instrumental in the college admissions process), higher education institutions are searching for new metrics to utilize in their decision making. Letters of recommendations, personal essays, and a detailed review of student transcripts will likely carry more weight for the upcoming admission cycle at many institutions.

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SAT and ACT Will Resume

Inside Higher Ed.

April 20, 2020   Admissions, Student Success

College Board and ACT are taking action to ensure their testing dates are in-line with CDC guidelines and the general safety of the students. Both are exploring at-home/online options if students are unable to return to school to take the exams in person.

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Tips to stand out in college applications

The Today Show

October 25, 2019   Admissions

Courtney McAnuff, vice chancellor for enrollment management at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and Eric Sparks, assistant director of the American School Counselor Association, shared tips on a Today Show segment for navigating the college admissions process.

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SAT scores drop for 2019 class, but participation rises through testing in schools

The Washington Post

September 24, 2019   Admissions, Enrollment Management Trends

The average SAT scored dropped 9 points for the class of 2019. However, testing participation has increased due to more schools offering the exam during school hours so that it does not have to be taken on a Saturday. Funding for the in-school examinations can come from either the state or school district itself. (Subscription required)

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Rutgers Ready to Welcome Class of 2023 This Week

TAP into

August 27, 2019   Admissions, Enrollment Management Trends

Rutgers-New Brunswick is enrolling its largest and most academically accomplished class to date this fall, with a¬†projected 7,150 first-year and 2,400 transfer students attending. A record number of students applied to one or more Rutgers’ campuses statewide.

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