Extra Credit: The college admissions hoax that became an 'international scandal'

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Emily Hatton's reads

The NCAA's first openly transgender swimmer will join Harvard University's men's team this fall—although he was originally recruited for the women's.  Washington Post dives into 19-year-old Schuyler Bailor's journey through self-harm, eating disorders, and depression to his spot in Harvard's pool. Along the way, the women's head coach risked losing one of her top recruits by suggesting Bailor try swimming with the guys. And men's head coach Kevin Tyrrell's response? "We don't see this as a big deal. Another kid to coach."

Tonight, collegiate players may for the first time make up three of the top 10 NHL draft picks. It would also be just the second time three college students go in the entire first round. Increasingly, students are finding the NCAA is a viable path to the professional league—one that allows them to earn college credits along the way. While a majority of players still come up through the junior leagues, the collegiate route is gaining in popularity among staff and players.

College basketball players may soon be able to return to school even after declaring for the NBA draft. The NCAA announced a proposal that likely would help schools keep their players enrolled longer. The change would allow students to attend the NBA draft combine, receive evaluations, and decide up to 10 days before the draft whether or not they will stay in college.

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Kristin Tyndall's read

Is there a place for libraries in our digital world? As Steve Denning writes for Forbes, the "scale and pervasiveness of the disruption" facing libraries is breathtaking. Denning says they can't be saved by simply working to reduce costs or digitize existing services. Rather, he encourages library leaders to imagine new services that will "delight" users and meet needs they haven't even thought of yet.

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Dan Diamond's read

A Harvard-Stanford admissions hoax became an "international scandal," the Washington Post reports, after a Virginia high school student's unusually detailed lie got massive media coverage overseas. It's an interesting, sad story that's open to interpretation—is there too much pressure on top students to get into a good school, or is this just one harmless fib gone very, very wrong?

MBA students aren't really picking tech firms over Wall Street, Max Nisen writes at Quartz.

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Also joining us this week to provide guest picks: David Attis

David Attis' read

Building a Smarter University, a collection of articles edited by Jason Lane, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the State University of New York, explores the implications of big data and analytics for universities. The essays are particularly useful at balancing the hype around big data as used by large retailers like Amazon and Wal-Mart with the realities of what is possible and practicable in higher education. About half of the essays are aimed at issues of student success and access while others examine institutional decision making.

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