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  • Popplestone, Ann
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      Subject: 2/21/2005 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education

      ACADEME TODAY: The Chronicle of Higher Education's
      Daily Report for subscribers

      Good day!

      Here are news bulletins from The Chronicle of Higher Education
      for Monday, February 21.



      A glance at the current issue of
      the "Journal of College Student Retention:
      Research, Theory & Practice":
      Why late admissions are bad for colleges and students

      Allowing students to enroll in college just before classes
      begin, or even after, could be harmful to the students and the
      institution, says Dana Freer-Weiss, a former official at
      Northern Kentucky University who is now seeking her teacher
      certificate on that campus.

      In her study of new students at an unidentified community
      college, she found that students who applied late had a higher
      rate of attrition than students who applied earlier.

      "Institutions that allow late admission," she says, "may be
      doing a disservice to these students who have not adequately
      prepared for college life and who, as a result, become attrition

      Late admissions also put a strain on colleges' resources, she
      says. Administrators have a hard time predicting how many
      courses late-admission students will fill and which special
      services they will use. Often, she says, students who enroll
      late need remedial courses, and finding the most qualified
      instructors for them is challenging. "But it is absolutely
      necessary to select the right instructors if these high-risk
      students are to succeed," she says.

      It is to everyone's advantage, she says, if students prepare
      further before seeking college admission.

      "If we can better understand the late applicants," she writes,
      "we may be able to develop programs to encourage them to start
      the transition to college sooner and better meet their needs
      once they do arrive."

      The article, "Community College Freshmen: Last In, First Out?,"
      is online for subscribers. Information about the journal is
      available at


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