By Megan Kenslea
Friday means the weekend for most students, but at StudentAdvisor, it also means it's time for another edition of This Week in College News. It's been a tough week this week, with a senseless murder on a college campus and the lowest SAT scores in 40 years reported. But there's also some hope coming from Washington, as the White House unveils a new plan to bring digital learning to the classroom. Check out the news below to learn more:
Bowie State Student Fatally Stabbed by Roommate
It's every college student's worst nightmare: a 19-year-old Bowie State University student stabbed her roommate to death Thursday night in their dorm room. According to Maryland State Police, Alexis D. Simpson allegedly stabbed her roommate, 18-year-old DOminique T. Frazier, in the throat after the pair got into an argument. Simpson turned herself in to police late Thursday, and has been charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder and first-degree assault. University officials canceled classes for the day and will hold a "community gathering for consolation and support."
White House Launches New Digital Learning Research Center
The White House today unveiled plans for a new research center that will promote digital learning in classrooms across the country. The U.S. Department of Education is sponsoring the National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies, which plans to research "the ways in which technology can really make a dramatic impact on student performance and student outcomes." Plans to create the center have been in place for 10 years, but Congress did not approve funding until 2008.
SAT Scores Lowest in 40 Years
SAT reading scores are at their lowest in 40 years, College Board reported Wednesday, with the average falling four points to 497. College Board reports that declining scores are due to an increase in test takers from a more diverse population. While that may be the case, though, The Atlantic reports that based on the demographic breakdown of scores, the achievement gap is widening. According to Bob Schaeffer, the Public Education Director for Fair Test, a non-profit advocacy group, "a very rapid gain in both academic proficiency and narrowing of the achievement gap has stagnated in this decade."
Linn State Drug Tests Students; ACLU Files Lawsuit
Most students are used to submitting GPAs and SAT scores to colleges, but Linn State Technical College in Missouri is going a little further: the school is requiring students to submit to a mandatory drug test, and the American Civil Liberties Union has a problem with that. The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit this week accusing Linn State of "violating the constitutional rights of its students by forcing them to submit to mandatory drug tests as a condition of their enrollment." A Missouri judge granted a temporary restraining order to stop the drug tests.
Coming Up: StudentAdvisor heads to NACAC!
Finally, StudentAdvisor will be in New Orleans next week for the annual National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). If you'll be at NACAC, here are three reasons you should stop by the StudentAdvisor booth (#130). Still not convinced? Check out our super awesome video, featuring the one and only Dean Tsouvalas, for a preview of NACAC.