Wake Forest University

August 2012

Rethinking Admissions

Continuing the Conversation

Archive for August, 2012

The Changing Demography of Higher Education

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

The number of Latino students attending college (2-year and 4-year institutions) has reached an all-time high in the United States, now comprising the largest of any minority demographic at 16.5 percent.  With more than 50 million people, the Latino community accounts for roughly the same percent of the U.S. population. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, a Washington, DC based research organization, the number of Latino students (18 to 24 years of age) enrolled in four-year colleges rose to more than 1.2 million within the last year, as similar trends were seen among two-year colleges. Furthermore, the percentage of all Latino students ages 18 to 24 having a high school diploma  or a General Education Development (GED) in 2011 rose to 76.3 percent. An assessment of  pre-K through grade 12 public school students also reveals the direction of the future. Latinos now account for almost one quarter of all public school students.

Lees-McRae College Goes Test-Optional

Monday, August 13th, 2012

This year, Lees-McRae College will make the transition into a test-optional admissions policy that will allow students to decide for themselves whether they would like to submit their SAT or ACT scores for evaluation. As stated on the institution’s website, it is believed that other considerations correlate more strongly to a student’s predicted success in college. For more information on the nearly 900 colleges and universities who use test-optional admissions policies, visit www.fairtest.org/.