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George Washington University applicants no longer need to take admissions tests

Monday, July 27, 2015

George Washington University dropped its testing requirement for most freshman admissions Monday, becoming one of the largest and most prominent schools to declare that its applicants don’t have to take the SAT or ACT. The announcement from the private university in the nation’s capital reflects a growing belief in some college admission circles that standardized tests are a barrier to recruiting disadvantaged students. While that view is sharply debated, many …

Partnership lets Major League Soccer players earn degrees

Monday, July 27, 2015

Major League Soccer is striking a multiyear deal with Southern New Hampshire University that will provide full scholarships for players and internship opportunities for the school’s current students. The partnership, announced Monday, is the first of its kind for the 20-year-old league, which has 20 clubs throughout the United States and Canada. The university – which has 3,000 students at its Manchester campus …

Dartmouth to promote gap year service

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Dartmouth College is partnering with a project that encourages incoming students to take a year off serving their communities in areas such as health, poverty, conservation and education. The Aspen Institute’s Franklin Project connects young people in search of service opportunities, nonprofits and agencies that have such positions and funders from the private sector, government and other areas. Starting with the Class of …

College Board trying to figure out what to do about error on SATs given across U.S.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Students taking the SAT on Saturday across the United States found a mistake in the instructions, causing confusion about just how much time they had to complete at least one section. Now, the College Board, which owns the SAT, says it is trying to figure out what to …

2 alumni to give $10 million each to Dartmouth College

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Two Dartmouth College alumni are each giving $10 million to the Ivy League school to create “academic clusters” aimed at addressing global challenges. Richard Levy, a 1960 graduate, has committed $10 million to support a faculty team in health care delivery science as part of Dartmouth’s larger strategy …

Ray Duckler: For refugee family, education a slow and challenging process

Sunday, June 7, 2015

For Devi Rai and her family, refugees from Bhutan, Becky Kidder had simple yet useful advice. When you can’t understand what people are saying, Kidder told Devi and the rest of her students recently, don’t be shy or …

Concord schools growing along with refugee population

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Concord’s public schools are far more diverse than they were a decade ago. As refugees from Bhutan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq and a host of other countries are resettled, education becomes a central part of their …

Bishop Brady graduates embrace their school’s identity

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Bishop Brady High School Principal Andrea Elliot calls them “Brady Being Brady” moments, and the Class of 2015 experienced no shortage of them. They went on service trips and had rain on homecoming day, and seven unscheduled dress …

New program should make college transitions easier

Saturday, June 6, 2015

The transition from a New Hampshire community college to one of the state’s public universities will be smoother than ever before. The New Hampshire Dual Admission program rolled out yesterday gives students who earn an associate degree with at least a 2.5 grade point average an opportunity to …

Canada ponders the ‘cultural genocide’ of its aboriginal population

Friday, June 5, 2015

Genocide might be one of the most hard-hitting words in the entire world. Coined by Polish-Jewish lawyer Raphael Lemkin in 1944, the word combined the Greek word “geno” (tribe) with the Latin word “cide” (killing) to create a new way to describe the deliberate and systematic destruction of …

In the wake of tragedy, Concord School District and community rally

Friday, June 5, 2015

A week after a Rundlett Middle School sixth-grader died suddenly, the Concord community is rallying to honor the “amazing little girl” who inspired her classmates. Natalie Velez, 12, of Concord died May 27. In the wake of her death, students at Rundlett and Natalie’s former elementary school, Christa …

Penacook charter school celebrates graduation, student achievement

Friday, June 5, 2015

There was no valedictorian at the CSI Charter School graduation in Penacook last night because there are no grades nor GPAs at the school. The teachers are instead called academic coaches, who help guide students through individualized curricula, …

Concord High Principal Gene Connolly returning next year, with life lessons to share

Friday, June 5, 2015

Gene Connolly’s wavy white hair is getting unruly. The shoulder-length locks are a hit, and the first thing visitors notice when they step into the principal’s office at Concord High School. The second is his speech, which is …