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Colleges drop criminal queries from admissions apps

Three New York schools have eliminated or altered questions pertaining to applicants’ criminal histories

In an era where many campus security efforts are being amplified, some schools are relaxing certain policies around prospective students’ criminal backgrounds.

Admissions with a focus on locus

Indiana college adds personality quiz to admissions process

Beginning in 2016, when prospective students to the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Ind.) submit their SAT scores and transcripts, they’ll be asked to take a personality quiz to help the school determine who has the right stuff to succeed.

“I’ve always felt there’s something missing in admissions, something that we can do better,” says Jim Goecker, vice president of enrollment management and strategic communication.

Campuses help students get a little extra rest

Schools have installed energy pods, bean bags and cots to give students comfier places to nap

Saint Leo University installed four "EnergyPods" in a residence hall common room to give a boost to students who may have let their sleep patterns slip. The Central Florida school is not alone in providing nap space beyond hard library desks and random couches.

What does student success mean in higher ed today?

Highlights and outcomes of the #UBsuccess Twitter chat

The go-to data point used to indicate whether an institution is helping students reach success has tended to be its graduation rate. Post-graduation employment is another indicator but the definition of student success has evolved to include many more areas.

Automating the reverse transfer student data exchange

National Student Clearinghouse data will identify students eligibility for an associate degree

More transfer students will now have the chance to obtain an associate degree—with-out extra administrative burden—thanks to a Lumina Foundation grant that National Student Clearinghouse received to provide an automated solution for exchanging reverse transfer student data.

WOW News: College pays student to innovate

And a North Carolina school furnishes dorms for internationals

Paying students to explore entrepreneurial ideas: Hope College in Michigan pays students $10 an hour for up to 10 hours a week when they enroll in entrepreneurial programs offered by its Center for Faithful Leadership (CFL).

UBThrive: Successful students, successful institutions

Conference on importance of student success making its debut in June 2015

Anyone on campus interested in learning how to launch innovative programs around student and institutional success will want to attend UBThrive, a conference launching in 2015. From June 15 to 17 in Orlando, higher ed leaders will have the opportunity to hear from peers who are creatively fostering success on campus.

Students LEED the way in green building on campus

Catholic University of America's LEED Lab certifies students in green building

Back in September, the Crough Center at The Catholic University of America (D.C.) became the first building in the world to be LEED certified by students as part of a formal course.

Developed in 2011 by Patricia Andrasik, assistant professor of architecture, the LEED Lab course not only teaches students about green building codes and projects, but certifies them in LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance, or EB: O+M.

Campus frat culture in the spotlight

Wesleyan University orders fraternities to become co-ed; Clemson has suspended them

Fraternities are in flux as institutions struggle to find a balance between maintaining tradition and keeping students safe.

Among recent developments, Wesleyan University in Connecticut ordered fraternities to become co-educational and Clemson University in South Carolina suspended its fraternities after a student’s death during an apparent hazing event.

Wesleyan’s decision was partially spurred by its student government association, which called for the campus’ three remaining all-male frats to become co-ed. A petition was presented to university President Michael Roth.

In Boston: College games on, doctors present

City law says athletes who have or may have concussions cannot re-enter games

Boston is taking the lead in keeping college athletes safe during games.

Its city council recently approved the College Athlete Head Injury Gameday Safety Protocol—legislation that bans athletes who have or may have concussions from re-entering games and requires higher ed institutions to have an emergency medical action plan for host venues. Also, a neurotrauma consultant must be at all Division I football, ice hockey and men’s lacrosse matches in Boston.

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