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...About a new, non-cognitive piece being added to the Graduate Record Exam. The GRE board and The Education Testing Service have added a “Personal Potential Index,” which will be a part of GREs starting in July 2009.

In the index, three or four professors or supervisors will rate candidates on a scale of 1-5 on questions about their abilities in six areas: knowledge and creativity, communication skills, team work, resilience, planning and organization, and ethics and integrity. Those filling out the forms could also provide narrative responses in each of those areas.

...About data compiled by the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education that shows students who come from low-income families and are first-generation college students are at significant risk of not completing college.

First-generation, low-income students are one-fifth as likely—11 percent compared to 55 percent—to have earned a bachelor's degree after six years as are students who are neither low-income nor first- generation. Students who are either low-income or first-generation but not both fare somewhat better.

First-generation, low-income students are at a disadvantage in other areas also. Six years after starting at public two-year or for-profit colleges, the proportion who have transferred to four-year institutions is 14 percent for low-income and first-generation students, 25 percent for those who are one or the other, and 50 percent for students who are neither first-generation nor low-income.

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