Turn on the TV or take a look at a newspaper this week and all you'll see is election, election, election. From bumper stickers on cars, to signs stuck in lawns, even "Facebook" has a section for "campaign issues" this fall, the upcoming midterm elections seem to be everywhere.
Everywhere that is, except TCU.
"I didn't even know there was an election on Tuesday," said senior nutrition major Jennifer Gitchell. "What are we voting for?"
The Graduate Record Exam will undergo major changes that will go into effect next October, including a time extension and one universal test offered to all who take it, according to the Educational Testing Service.The GRE is a standardized test that half a million prospective graduate students take each year and is required for admission to graduate programs ranging from English to music theory at TCU, according to TCU's graduate bulletin.
The new test will be advantageous to students, said Chuck Dunning, the associate director of University Career Services.
One-third of prospective TCU students are being offered an alternative way to apply to the university; the Office of Admissions calls it the uncommon application.The Office of Admissions randomly selects 25,000 prospective students from the 60,000 student pool and offers them the uncommon application, which includes no application fee and students are notified of TCU's decision within two weeks of submitting their application, said Wes Waggoner, director of undergraduate admissions.
The practice of affirmative action has been controversial at universities throughout the country, including TCU, where Ray Brown, dean of admissions, said taking race into consideration in admissions decisions is standard policy.Brown said since he arrived at TCU in 2000, the university has taken race and ethnicity into account in admissions, despite the Hopwood decision, a court case that essentially outlawed affirmative action in Texas universities.
"Does TCU practice affirmative action?" Brown said. "You bet we do."
TCU is awarding above-average financial aid packages to Hispanic students, according to university records, beating a national trend that shows Hispanics receiving the lowest average amounts of any racial or ethnic group.A study by Excelencia in Education, an organization that studies Hispanics and higher education, reports that the percentage of Hispanic students receiving financial aid to pay for college is at an all-time high. However, in 2003-2004, Hispanics received the lowest average award packages nationally.
With the early-decision admissions deadline approaching for prospective TCU students, admissions office staff members said they expect half of applications to arrive over the Internet.Over the past five years, Internet applications, at TCU and across the country, have grown in popularity, according to www.collegeboard.com.
The Web site also reports 98 percent of students applying to college this year have access to Internet applications.
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You could find yourself $20 richer Friday if you know the answers.
Nicolas Sartwell, a senior math major, is holding a riddle contest for TCU students this week.
Sartwell posted five riddles on the TCU Announce last Monday and is offering cash prize to the first person who answers them correctly.
"I'm holding this contest because nobody has ever done anything like it before," Sartwell said. "I guess I also wanted to do this to get just a little recognition before I leave TCU."
Students will visit their high schools during upcoming breaks to raise interest and awareness about the university as part of the TCU Ambassadors program.The students will answer questions and hand out TCU literature as part of the hometown recruiting program through TCU Ambassadors, the student-run group that promotes the university.
"We get to share our experiences at TCU and communicate them at our home high schools," said Courtney Klink, TCU Ambassadors president.
Students looking for anything from summer internships to permanent employment have the opportunity to find their dream job today at the career expo, organizers said.University Career Services organized TCU's annual Career Expo for students to get involved and learn about jobs available to them, said Laura Chaney, assistant to the recruitment coordinator.
"We're really trying to get freshmen and sophomores involved this year," Chaney said. "By sophomore year, students need to get focused on what they want to do."
One out of every six freshmen who start their college careers at TCU don't finish them here, leaving after their first or second semester for reasons ranging from not fitting in socially to not be challenged enough academically, TCU researchers said.To boost TCU's retention rate of 83.9 percent, Chancellor Victor Boschini created a task force to study the issue. The Retention Data Analysis Committee studied expectations students had of TCU when they enrolled versus the actual experiences they had.