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  • Illinois: The University of Chicago has announced that it will let applicants self-report their standardized test scores. Only accepted applicants who choose to enroll must submit an official score report to the university. Leaders say high school counselors recommended the decision as a way to encourage low-income students to apply (Inside Higher Ed, 6/30).
  • New York: The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) last month decided to withdraw Dowling College's accreditation as of August 31. In what it called a public disclosure statement, MSCHE said it decided to withdraw Dowling's accreditation after a number of other measures, such as peer evaluation reports, visits, and the college's own presentations and responses. Dowling says it is aware of the MSCHE's decision and will issue a statement in response (Solnik, Long Island Business News, 6/29). 
  • Texas: Matthew McConaughey will teach a course on filmmaking this fall at his alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin. Teaching alongside director Gary Ross, McConaughey will take students behind the scenes of the pair's latest film, "The Free State of Jones," through recorded videos. McConaughey will make at least one visit to campus for the class (AP/U.S. News & World Report, 7/1).

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