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Wednesday, May 30th - 2018


Quote of the day: "Ivy day. March 28, 2018. This day is marked by memories of crying so long in a vacant parking lot that someone called the police to make sure I was okay." - Ivy League Applicant

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BIG: Walmart pays for college:

(Washington Post)

Retail giant Walmart has decided to sponsor U.S. employees seeking a college degree, creating a path to graduation for only $1 a day either online or on campus. Any of the company’s 1.5 million workers is eligible to sign up (they estimate ~68,000 will) at 3 colleges – University of Florida, Brandman University in California, or Belevue University in Nebraska.

·     Why? This newest initiative counters discouraging trends of turnover and poor treatment of staff, and may subtly nudge other industry leaders (*cough, Amazon, cough*) to follow suit.


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COOL: 10 students weigh in on state of college admissions

The NYT expose on the references condensed accounts from 10 students, highlighting memorable, frustrating, desperate and motivational experiences – sharing everything that played a role from eating disorders to Hurricane Maria to fateful scrolls through “I got in!” posts on Facebook.


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ALSO COOL: J.J Watt and others receive honorary doctorates

(JJ Watt | Twitter)


J.J Watt, Chance the Rapper and Jimmy Carter all were honored:

·     J.J Watt

        o  Skillset: NFL Defensive Player of the Year

        o  Venue: Baylor University

        o  Best Quote: “#CanTheyPutMDonMyJersey”

·     Chance the Rapper

        o  Skillset: Grammy-award winning artist and philanthropist

        o  Venue: Dillard University (Louisiana)

        o  Best Quote: “You have to push forward and surpass [your heroes’] greatness”

·     Jimmy Carter

        o  Skillset: 39th POTUS

        o  Venue: Liberty University

        o  Best Quote: His crowd “is even bigger…than it was last year” when Trump spoke.


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QUESTIONABLE: WSJ releases 2018 College Rankings 

(WSJ)


Research Universities > Liberal Arts: The report, which crowded prestigious universities near the top, seemed to pin lower scores onto liberal arts colleges such as Williams, Pomona or Amherst (22nd, 23rd, and 28th respectively).


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WORTH THE READ: GPA? SAT? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯   per The Atlantic

The Atlantic points to a trend in college admissions – schools are increasingly less focused on historic metrics for screening candidates such as standardized tests and GPA. Instead, they place more value on recommendations and other elements of the application.

·     Moving away from “Snapshot” metrics, which can be affected by uncontrollable variables.

·     Focusing on the “whole” applicant – appraising character more than stats.

·     The unpredictable admissions “crap shoot” may be more unpredictable



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