Dartmouth To No Longer Allow AP Credit; University Of Tennessee Considers Gender Neutral Housing
Dartmouth to No Longer Accept AP Credit. Faculty at Dartmouth College announced this week that they would no longer accept Advanced Placement scores as course credit. After almost a decade of discussion, the faculty voted to enforce a new Advanced Placement policy, beginning with the class of 2018. While some students and alumni praised the decision, others questioned the change, citing concerns about rising tuition costs and the difficulty of graduating in four years. Other universities announced plans to review their policies about Advanced Placement credit, suggesting a growing trend. [Washington Post]
University of Tennessee Considering Gender-Neutral Housing. The Student Government Association at the University of Tennessee passed a bill that would allow men and women to live together—at least on the same floors or together in suites. Though the implementation of gender-neutral housing seems to be a new trend at many colleges and universities, student leaders recognized that the fight for gender-neutral housing will be difficult to win at the Southern university. The administration is expected to make a decision within the next few days. [Huffington Post]
New Semester Brings New Health Concerns. Students returned to colleges across the country for the Spring semester, and many are bringing back more than just books. Health officials cautioned a possibility for a widespread flu outbreak at college campuses in the coming weeks. To raise awareness, officials urged students to get the vaccine before classes resume, citing that living in close quarters with other individuals creates the “perfect storm” for a flu outbreak. [NPR]
Study Reveals Rising Cost of College Athletic Programs. The cost of athletic programs have skyrocketed at colleges and universities across the country, especially at top-ranked athletic programs according to a new Delta Cost Project report. The findings show that the trend often comes at the expense of academic budgets. “Participation in intercollegiate athletics in the United States comes with a hefty price tag, one that is usually paid in part by students and institutions.” Donna Desrochers, author of the report, said. Smaller colleges, in particular, rely heavily on student fees to fund their sports programs. Experts expressed concern that the current trends in athletic spending are “unsustainable.” [New York Times]
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