Introducing the New My Dashboard

Choosing a college or university is one of the most important choices a high school student will make. Unfortunately, it’s not an easy decision! With so many schools to choose from, students can become overwhelmed or overlook colleges that are a great fit. That’s why Cappex has launched a brand-new dashboard that recommends colleges and universities based on a student’s personal preferences.Email-Header-600x300

Different factors weigh into the college search process. Some students want to stay close to home while others are concerned about the availability of their prospective major. Narrowing down the list of schools that fit into a student’s criteria hasn’t always been easy until now.

The new Cappex dashboard allows students to see which schools fit their location preference and offer the majors they’re considering. Those who want to major in public relations and live in the Midwest may see Loyola University Chicago and the University of Central Missouri while students who want to study anthropology in the Northeast will see schools like Drexel University and Amherst College. This gives them the opportunity to see all the schools that match their preferences in one place and learn about schools they may have never heard of or considered.

Check out the new My Dashboard tool and let us know what you think!

Original Post Date: January 28th, 2016

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Selective Colleges to Reward Altruism in College Admissions

princeton-97827_640A new report by a Harvard lecturer, Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good through College Admissions, recommends that colleges change their admissions criteria to cultivate ethical engagement, such as meaningful, sustained community service.

Several admissions officials at some of the nation’s most selective colleges and universities have endorsed the report’s recommendations. Some of the many colleges signing on to the proposal include Amherst College, Boston College, Boston University, Bowdoin College, Brandeis University, Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, DePauw University, Emory University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Princeton University, Purdue University, Rice University, Santa Clara University, Smith College, Swarthmore College, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Chicago, University of Florida, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, University of Washington, and Yale University.

Original Post Date: January 27th, 2016

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North Carolina Guaranteed Admission Proposal

books-1012088_640Under the NC Guaranteed Admission Program, public colleges and universities in North Carolina would be required starting in fall 2017 to direct their least qualified admitted students to one of the state’s community colleges. Those that graduated with an Associate’s degree in three years would be guaranteed admission to the 4-year college as juniors.

The proposal is favored by Republican lawmakers, who see it as a way of cutting costs and improving the rate at which students graduate from 4-year colleges in the state. But the improvements in graduation rates may be merely an artifact of more selective admissions standards. The number of students graduating might decrease even as the graduation rates increase.

Faculty dislike the proposal because they worry that the state’s most selective colleges will lose students to other states. Also, the proposal will send weaker students to the community colleges, which have fewer resources for helping at-risk students.

There are also concerns about the lack of specifics in the proposal. For example, it is unclear how the state’s flagship college, UNC-Chapel Hill, will be affected. UNC-Chapel Hill has a 91% graduation rate. Depending on how the proposal is implemented, it might force the university to provide deferred admission to students who are capable of graduating on-time. UNC-Chapel Hill already offers the Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program (C-STEP) to enable Associate’s degree recipients from partner community colleges to transfer to the 4-year institution.

Original Post Date: January 27th, 2016

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