On today’s weekly wrap up of the latest news rocking the college world we’ll cover Osama Bin Laden, graduating when you’re over 70, and why some Louisiana students are failing to make the grade. Have no idea what’s going on? No worries. This Week in College News is here to help:
One soon-to-be Spring Hill College graduate proves that you’re never too old to go back to school. At 74 Jean Bassett will be earning her BA in General Studies along side her daughter after taking a 50+ year hiatus from college. Jean left Lincoln University in Missouri in 1957 after two years to start a life with her husband after he joined the Air Force.
Most of America’s college students were still in elementary school at the time of the catastrophic events of September 11th, 2001. Despite this, college students across the country took to the streets upon hearing the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death. NPR reports that for many students, this marked the end of the “boogey” man responsible for the worst acts of terrorism in American history and 10 years of war.
As the state of Louisiana aims to raise admissions standards for public colleges, critics note that many of the students currently enrolled at University of New Orleans would not be admitted. New standards incoming students at UNO to carry a 2.5 high school GPA or a score of at least 23 on their ACTs. An alarming 27% of current UNO freshman fail to meet the new admissions standards.
Several colleges are beginning to take a different approach to combat college drinking. 14 schools including Northwestern, Boston, Princeton and Stanford, have joined the national Learning Collaborative on High-Risk Drinking. The organization started by Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim aims to treat college binge drinking as a health issue rather than a disciplinary one with Freshman education courses and partnerships with local law enforcement, bar owners, neighbors, landlords, and others.
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