Chronicle: Class Based Affirmative Action?

A new study from Public Agenda has found that the main reason students drop out of college is that they have to work. That raises the question: Has the time come for an affirmative-action policy based on socioeconomic status?

Admissions accepts 36% in ED I

From the Bowdoin Orient

The Office of Admissions sent letters to the 510 Early Decision I (ED I) applicants on Thursday, the culmination of the ED I process.

The total number of applications was up 3.2 percent from last year’s figure. Out of the ED I pool, 184 students were accepted, 143 were deferred to regular decision, 180 were denied admission, and three applications were incomplete, yielding a total of 510 applications, and an acceptance rate of 36 percent.

According to Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Scott Meiklejohn, this year’s regional distribution of accepted students is very similar to last year’s, with 60 percent of the Class of 2013 coming from outside of New England.

Meiklejohn added that the number of students from private, parochial, and public schools remained relatively stable, as did the ratio of men to women.

Meiklejohn Named Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Scott Meiklejohn has been named Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, effective immediately. The appointment of Meiklejohn, who has served as interim dean since July 2008, follows a comprehensive national search.

“He is the unanimous choice of our search committee to assume this vital position, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the result,” said President Barry Mills. “As interim dean — and with the assistance of a talented and dedicated staff — Scott has led an admissions and financial aid program at Bowdoin that has seen remarkable and sustained success over recent years,” Mills said.

From the Museum

Overtly a representation of the moment before the actual “fall,” when the couple eats the forbidden apple, The Fall of Man (Adam and Eve) is primarily a manifestation of Dürer’s ideals of the human body, a subject that preoccupied him throughout his career. In this bravura engraving, he combined his long study with a highly controlled and detailed engraving technique, from the subtle modulations of the human body to the attendant creatures and forest depths-even to the shadow of a slight branch cast on Adam’s leg by the sun.