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Articles from Vol. 77, No. 4, Spring

A More Valid Alternative to TOEFL?
Abstract The purpose of this article is to describe the TOEFL and the APIEL, and to evaluate both tests on three basic types of validity criteria: content, construct, and criterion-related. These criteria are commonly used by test developers to ensure...
A Practical Guide to Documentation Review and Verification in International Admissions
There are many reasons why an applicant with foreign educational records would submit fraudulent or misleading documents to a college or university in the United States. These range from a sincere desire to be admitted to the institution, to an attempt...
Assessment of the Utility of Parents as Sources of Information about the College Decisions of Their Children
Abstract This study to determine how useful the information provided by parents might be about why their children enrolled at other schools. Parents and matriculating students responded to identical survey items about the college selection process. Analysis...
Digital Diploma Mills: The Automation of Higher Education
By David F. Noble Monthly Review Press, 2002 110 pp. Few issues in the contemporary academy generate the rhetoric, debate, evaluation, and study as the virtues and vices of technologically mediated higher education (aka online learning, elearning). In...
Enrollment Decisions of American Youth: Which 18- to 21-Year-Olds Are Attending College?
Higher education benefits individuals through increased earnings and expanded employment opportunities, as well as promoting individual achievement. College has been a traditional path for many students immediately after completing high school. However,...
Is the Welcome Mat Out?
American colleges and universities often refer to their "dedication to diversity." The truth is, some institutions really make an effort, while some only offer lip service. Even if your institution does the latter, you, as an admissions and records officer,...
Listen Very Loud
Listen Very Loud By Randy Mitchell Atwood Publishing, 2001 184 pp. Randy Mitchell's Listen Very Loud effectively captures our attention in the Foreward, with an accurate description of a well-planned day that quickly disintegrates into a series of interruptions...
The Efficacy of the Learning Disabilities Diagnostic Inventory in Postsecondary Settings
Abstract The number of students with learning disabilities enrolling in postsecondary institutions continues to rise dramatically. Providing accommodations that meet these student's needs is widely acknowledged. However, recent litigation indicates the...
The Importance of College Choice Factors from the Perspective of High School Counselors
Abstract This study focuses on information high school counselors provide to students during the college choice process. Counselors rated a flagship institution more favorably on factors that they consider of lesser importance in college selection, and...
The Road Ahead: Access and Success in American Higher Education
the Forum Policy Analysis It is perhaps an understatement to say that the economic and social stock of higher education in the United States has risen substantially over the past generation. Just two decades ago, it would have been virtually unthinkable...
Top Ten Marketing Mistakes Colleges Make (Violate Them at Your Own Risk)
As a higher education marketing consultant since the early 1990s, I have seen many things that have caused me to shake my head in disbelief plans created without forethought, or hastily thrown together to satisfy a board; budgets decreased and expectations...
Why Verification of Suspicious Foreign Records Is Important
There are many flags that might alert an international admissions officer to the possibility of fraudulent, altered or misleadingly-translated documents, including academic records, test results, letters of recommendation, and financial documents from...