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The College Board's (Smaller?) Future

Jan 25, 2021
The College Board's announcement last week that it is killing the SAT Subject Tests and the SAT Essay was both rumored for some time and a surprise. Many had speculated that the board would be forced by the pandemic to make major changes. In the fall, it turned away hundreds of thousands of students who registered for the SAT (the main SAT and subject tests) because of test-site closures. And the...Read more

Campus public health leaders ‘extremely confident’ in COVID-19 vaccines (VIDEO)

Jan 22, 2021
The initial rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. has been rocky, with poor coordination among federal, state and local agencies resulting in far fewer people receiving the vaccine in the first month after approval than promised. But the existence of a safe and effective vaccine, and the start of a new presidential administration, should give us reason to hope, agreed a panel of Berkeley...Read more

Biden Proposes New Immigration Legislation That Would Impact Undocumented Students

Jan 21, 2021
President Joseph R. Biden had a busy first day in office. Alongside a slew of executive orders and memorandums, he proposed new immigration legislation, celebrated by undocumented students and their advocates. If passed, the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 would offer an eight-year pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S. It would allow them to apply...Read more

College Board drops SAT's optional essay and subject tests to 'reduce demands on students'

Jan 19, 2021
The College Board announced Tuesday that it is ending the optional essay section and subject-area exams of the SAT for college-bound U.S. students. The coronavirus pandemic "accelerated a process already underway" to "simplify our work and reduce demands on students," the College Board, a standardized testing nonprofit, said in a note to members . Broader and more diverse access to Advanced...Read more

‘The Hidden Curriculum’

Jan 19, 2021
Author discusses her new book on first-generation students who end up at top colleges. Imagine the first-generation students who end up at one of the top colleges in the country. They are largely from lower-income families and more likely to be minority students than the entire student body. They enter universities with amazing potential to provide academic and other resources. But are they well...Read more

Billions in Aid Head to Colleges

Jan 19, 2021
The Education Department releases a new round of COVID-19 funds to colleges and universities, and Biden proposes $35 billion in additional money. The U.S. Education Department on Thursday made available the $21.2 billion in help to higher education included in the coronavirus relief legislation Congress and President Trump approved in December, but undocumented students could be left out of...Read more

UC Berkeley’s African American studies department receives $2.8M grant

Jan 18, 2021
UC Berkeley’s African American studies department was awarded a $2.8 million grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation on Dec. 11, 2020, to support an initiative led by the department’s faculty. Referred to as the “Black Studies Collaboratory,” the project seeks to encourage community involvement in the area of Black studies while expanding opportunities for new voices in the academic arena...Read more

UC Berkeley will start giving COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday

Jan 12, 2021
Anna Harte, medical director of University Health Services and Guy Nicolette, assistant vice chancellor of University Health Services, issued the following message on Tuesday: We write to provide an update on our campus COVID-19 vaccination plan. The first shipment of vaccine arrived at University Health Services today and we are ready and very excited to start vaccinations at clinics on Thursday...Read more