Roman: A survey gone wrong

January 29, 2010
As an avid reader of The New York Times both in print and online, I was dismayed by the approach taken by the Yale College Council to gauge student interest in reading the print version of the paper on campus. I believe the issue deserves more careful consideration than it was given by the members »

In Times rankings, Yale takes No. 2

October 10, 2008
Yale is now the sole occupier of the No. 2 berth in an annual ranking of the world’s top 200 universities, with many British universities sliding down the rankings this year, exacerbating their fears of inadequate funding. For the fifth year in a row, Harvard University was first in a set of rankings produced by »

Kennedy, once on Woodbridge shortlist, returns to receive Cross medal

October 8, 2008
When David Kennedy GRD ’68 arrived in New Haven to work on his doctorate in American studies, he did not expect to return to Yale several decades later to receive the Wilbur Cross Medal, the graduate school’s highest honor, he said at a talk on Tuesday. But Kennedy probably also did not imagine at the »

Jeff Brenzel: Ever the Philosopher

October 3, 2008
It was July 2005, and then-Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Richard Shaw had just announced he was leaving New Haven to become dean of admissions at Stanford University. The News didn’t really faze Jeff Brenzel ’75, director of the Association of Yale Alumni. “Tough job,” he thought to himself. “Hope they get somebody good for that.” »

In search of rankings alternatives

September 30, 2008
Dean of Admissions Jeff Brenzel wants to find a new way of ranking Yale against its peers — whether or not the College is number one. Harvard Dean of Admissions William Fitzsimmons may have stolen the show at last week’s annual meeting of the National Association for College Admission Counseling in Seattle with his presentation »

University leaves financial aid group

September 26, 2008
When Yale announced a groundbreaking new financial aid initiative last year, the entire higher education community dissected the fine print and media sources around the country eagerly covered the story. When Yale, in a related move, left the 568 Group a month or so later, no one noticed. The 568 Group comprises over 25 schools »

Feds compelled to up Pell Grant program

September 22, 2008
As the economy worsens, increasing numbers of college students are applying for federal financial aid — and partly as a result, the federal Pell Grants program may need up to $6 billion in additional funds next year, Bush administration officials warned Congress last week. The increased demand for Pell Grants is likely a function of »

QuestBridge brings in 56 freshmen

September 16, 2008
Tom Howard ’12 had never considered Yale before a QuestBridge e-mail landed in his inbox. But when Howard, from North Attleboro, Mass., was choosing the schools to rank on his application, Yale caught his attention — and he promptly fell in love with the school, he said. QuestBridge, a nonprofit institution that matches high-achieving, low-income »

YPD tickets jaywalkers on Elm St.

September 11, 2008
Twenty-two-year-old Chris Pollard’s ’09 criminal record was clean. He had never so much as gotten a parking ticket. But Wednesday morning at about 10:15, the Berkeley College senior was flagged down by a Yale Police Department officer. What was his crime? Pollard, like dozens of students every morning, had jaywalked across Elm Street. But this »

On the Ground: Gossip Girl, frat boys and the close of Camp Yale

September 3, 2008
A party at SAE was the hot topic in the courtyard outside Lanman-Wright Hall on Monday evening — to go, or not to go? “I sort of want to see ‘Gossip Girl,’” admitted one freshman, who would give his name only as Matt. When asked what college he was in, he paused. Then, finally: “JE.” »

Yale does not fill out U.S. News survey

August 29, 2008
As in the past five years, Yale was ranked third in the U.S. News & World Report national college rankings that came out last week. But perhaps more significant, as in the past two years, Yale did not return the magazine’s peer-review survey, which asks for opinions of other colleges — a move that represents »

Diversity, selectivity set class of ’12 apart

August 29, 2008
The members of the class of 2012 may still be hauling octopus lamps and twin extra-long sheets to their dormrooms today. But they have already managed to make history. The 1,320 students planning to matriculate this year are part of the most selective and economically diverse class to ever walk through Phelps Gate. The incoming »