Higher Education News: Test Optional, Tuition Cuts
1. "DePaul University will no longer require applicants to submit standardized-test scores for admission. The new policy, announced on Thursday morning, makes DePaul the largest private nonprofit university to go completely "test optional." Starting with applicants for the freshman class entering in 2012, students who choose not to submit ACT or SAT scores will write short responses to essay questions designed to measure "noncognitive" traits, such as leadership, commitment to service, and ability to meet long-term goals."2. "College tuition tends to go in one direction—up. But on Wednesday, the University of the South took the unusual step of cutting its price for the coming year. Sewanee, as the university is known, will cut its tuition, fees, and room and board by 10 percent, or about $4,600, for the 2011-12 year."Q: Does this signal that the "college tuition bubble" is starting to burst?