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August 15, 2011 | By Kevin Thomas, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Aarakshan" (Reservation) is a splendid example of how Bollywood's skilled way with melodrama helps make entertaining a lengthy exploration of a very serious and complex issue that has universal resonance. Director Prakash Jha and co-writer Anjum Rajabali set their epic-scale story in the late 1990s, when India's supreme court decreed that 49.5% of college admissions to public institutions be reserved for students from the lower castes. This stirring film boasts but a single song-and-dance number, well integrated early in the film, and several songs on the soundtrack that effectively express "Aarakshan's" concerns.
July 1, 2011 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
Michigan's ban on considering race and gender in college admissions was struck down Friday by a federal appeals court, which ruled that the voter-approved law burdens minorities and is unconstitutional. The 2-1 decision overturns Proposal 2, a law passed in 2006 that prohibits the state's public universities from giving "preferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin. " The measure, which passed with 58% of the vote, forced the University of Michigan and other state schools to change their policies on admissions.
February 26, 2011 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Tools for getting into college: GPA, SAT ? and Facebook? The website StudentAdvisor reports at least one case of an applicant being rejected because of something in his or her social media profile. And one interviewer has said she is "absolutely" prejudiced by what she sees online about candidates. "I think it's always better to be safe than sorry," Allison Otis, who conducts interviews for Harvard College, posted in a thread on the website Quora. "When you apply to college you spend such a long time crafting an image through your applications and essays that to be careless about your online data is just silly.
August 25, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Stanley H. Kaplan, the founder and namesake of the nation's first test-preparation company, died of heart failure Sunday at his home in New York City. He was 90. Kaplan started a tutoring company in his parents' Brooklyn home in 1938. In 1946, a student asked him to help her prepare for what was then called the Scholastic Aptitude Test. "I was there at the right time with the proper educational approach," Kaplan told the New York Times in 1981. "I consider myself a poor man's private school."
April 29, 2009 | Larry Gordon
High school students, beware! College admissions and financial aid officers in California and elsewhere may be peeking over your digital shoulder at the personal information you post on your Facebook or MySpace page. And they might decide to toss out your application after reading what you wrote about that cool party last week or how you want to conduct your romantic life at college. According to a new report by the National Assn. for College Admission Counseling, about a quarter of U.S.
April 3, 2009 | Angel B. Perez, Angel B. Perez is the director of admission at Pitzer College in Claremont.
I've been talking to a lot of angry people this week. They yell; I listen patiently. They cry; I empathize. The pain of not getting into the college of your dreams is unlike any other. Students call here to Pitzer College to find out what they could have done differently. Parents call to ask us to reconsider. It's hard to justify to someone who has just been "denied" the college of their dreams that although they've done everything right, we just did not have enough seats in the class.
March 31, 2009 | Gale Holland
For a generation of students who share every detail of their personal lives in text messages, MySpace pages and other online postings, the college admissions chase is offering a lesson that some things are best kept private. Last December, when Brown University's early admission decisions were released online, students in one classroom at North Hollywood High's highly gifted magnet program could be heard applauding. In another, there was silence, followed by the sound of someone crying.
November 19, 2008 | Seema Mehta and Gale Holland, Mehta and Holland are Times staff writers.
Roberto Aguilar figures he has done everything right to earn a spot at a state college, working hard in high school to achieve a 3.5 GPA and SAT score of 1780. But the Pasadena 17-year-old's vision of the future -- moving away from home, meeting new friends in the dorms and exploring a new city -- is in jeopardy because of the state's budget woes.
November 1, 2008 | Gale Holland
With only a month to go for the most popular campuses, applications for fall 2009 are surging in the California State University system. As of midnight Thursday, first-time freshman applications to the system's 23 campuses were up 12% from the same date a year before, and transfer applications were up a whopping 36% A total of 138,000 applications had been submitted. Transfer students were deferred last year because of cutbacks, which explains some of the bubble. But some men and women undoubtedly are shifting from the University of California or out-of-state colleges to Cal State for economic reasons, Cal State spokeswomen Clara Potes-Fellow said.
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