By: Nick Statt/The Verge As the term “college admissions” enters the 21st century, colleges are increasingly focusing on the skills needed to succeed in a new field: writing.
In an attempt to attract more students who can write well and successfully, some colleges have been looking to attract the best students to apply to them.
But a study published by a group of professors at Duke University shows that many of the best candidates who were initially admitted to college may end up doing worse in the process.
The study examined nearly 20,000 applications for four-year schools across the United States.
The researchers found that applicants who were offered a full scholarship for their college admission were significantly less likely to be accepted to the school than applicants who received only a partial scholarship, which typically came with an entry fee.
In general, those who received a scholarship were far more likely to drop out of college.
Those who received just a partial one were more than twice as likely to graduate.
The students who received both a partial and full scholarship were also much more likely than the other applicants to dropout from college.
As it turns out, the scholarships were also significantly more likely for students who were not from wealthy families and were more likely of the students who attended a public school.
In this scenario, a scholarship for students from households earning less than $60,000 would be significantly less effective than a scholarship with a larger income range.
“These results are striking because they highlight the impact of financial status on admissions,” the study’s lead author, Jessica Rinaldi, told The Verge.
“Many students who had no formal financial ties, but who did well in their schools, would be rejected if they had families with large incomes.
These results raise questions about whether there is an underrecognized impact of income on admissions decisions and admissions policies.”
Rinaldi and her colleagues also found that students who didn’t get scholarships tended to drop from school at a higher rate.
For example, students who did not get scholarships were more often placed on a track and field team, but also more likely not to be able to complete high school.
These students also had lower grades and were also more often admitted to community colleges, which were more expensive and less likely for them to be eligible for financial aid.
These findings come at a time when colleges are under fire for their low acceptance rates, particularly among minorities.
More and more, institutions are finding it necessary to raise admission standards.
Last week, for example, the University of Minnesota rescinded a $20,000 scholarship it offered to its students, after students expressed concerns that the amount was too low.