Admission notifications were sent today under the Early Action program to 992 prospective members of the Harvard College Class of 2018, which is scheduled to enter next August. Last year, 892 were admitted early, and 774 the year before, when Early Action was restored after a four-year absence.“This year’s applicants are remarkable by any standard. Their academic and extracurricular strengths are impressive — as is their ethnic, economic, and geographic diversity,” said William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid. “The larger number of admitted students is another indication that early admission is the ‘new normal,’ and that more of the nation’s and the world’s most promising students apply early to college.”Early admission has a good deal of history at Harvard and in the Ivy League, beginning in the mid-1970s with the Class of 1981 when there were considerably smaller applicant pools at Harvard and peer institutions. Various rules have governed early admission over the years. In the decade prior to the suspension of Early Action, the numbers admitted early to Harvard College ranged from 813 to 1,186, with five years when 1,100 or more were admitted.Harvard suspended Early Action beginning with the Class of 2012 due to concerns that such programs advantaged students who attended secondary schools that had more resources and better college counseling — while putting pressure on all students to make premature college choices. Harvard restored Early Action for the Class of 2016 in the wake of the global financial crisis after it became clear that many students from low-income backgrounds were looking for the certainty provided by early financial aid awards.“In restoring Early Action, we have emphasized the fact that applying early is not an advantage at Harvard, and that students should take the entire senior year to make the best possible college choice,” said Fitzsimmons. “When a student applies — either early or regular — has no bearing on whether he or she will ultimately be admitted.“Given the large numbers applying to Harvard in recent years, over 35,000, the admissions committee is careful to admit only those who are certain to be admitted later,” he said. “Last year, a significant number of students who were deferred in Early Action were admitted in the spring.”Under Harvard’s Early Action program, admitted students are not obligated to attend. Students applying under the Early Decision programs offered by many other colleges must attend if admitted.This year, 4,692 students applied for Early Action, compared to 4,845 last year and 4,228 the year before. “We are happy to see that Early Action numbers may be stabilizing after last year’s 15 percent increase. The ‘early frenzy,’ as some have referred to it, adds pressure to a generation that is already stressed by high expectations and economic uncertainty,” said Fitzsimmons.“Minority Early Action admissions increased once again this year,” said Marlyn E. McGrath, director of admissions. “Latino admissions rose significantly from 70 last year to 104. African-Americans rose from 77 to 98, and Asian-Americans from 193 to 209. Native Hawaiians remained the same at 2, while Native Americans declined slightly from 14 to 9,” she said.International numbers increased from 66 to 83, while U.S. dual citizens rose from 60 to 90. “Three women in particular will add unusual diversity to the Class of 2018: one from Afghanistan, another from Iran, and the third is a Syrian refugee who applied from Lebanon,” said McGrath.It is still too early to determine precisely the socioeconomic composition of the admitted group because many students have not yet submitted financial information. Nevertheless, preliminary data is encouraging. “One hundred and twenty-two of this year’s admitted students requested application fee waivers, compared to 64 last year, a strong indication of substantial financial need,” said Sarah C. Donahue, director of financial aid.“Harvard’s revolutionary financial aid program continues to be a significant factor in students’ decisions to apply,” said Donahue.Families with annual incomes of $65,000 or less are not required to contribute to their children’s educational expenses. Those with incomes from $65,000 to $150,000 pay on a sliding scale up to 10 percent of annual income, and there is also need-based aid available to families with incomes greater than $150,000. Families with significant assets in all income categories are asked to contribute more. Home equity and retirement funds are not considered in the calculations, and students are no longer required to take out loans. Close to 60 percent of Harvard students receive need-based financial aid and grants averaging more than $40,000.“Harvard’s new Net Price Calculator, a simple one-page application available on both the admissions and financial aid websites, provides families with an estimate of their eligibility for assistance under Harvard’s generous need-based financial aid program,” she said.In addition to the 992 admitted students, 3,197 were deferred and will be considered again in the Regular Action process, while 366 were denied, 18 withdrew, and 119 were incomplete. The Regular Action process concludes in March, with notification to students on March 27.Over the months ahead, faculty, staff, undergraduate recruiters, and alumni will use phone calls, emails, regular mailings, and social media to reach out to admitted students with information about Harvard. Many Harvard clubs will host local parties during the winter holidays and in April. All admitted students will be invited to Cambridge on April 26-28 for Visitas, a comprehensive program that enables students to experience life at Harvard firsthand.
294 Views 4 comments Tweet Share Share Rosie Felix (file photo)President of the Dominica Nurses Association has refuted claims that it is assisting or facilitating recruitment of nurses for regional and international jobs.President of the Association, Nurse Rosie Felix said the executive is also concerned about the manner in which Health Minister, Dr. Kenneth Darroux referred to its leadership during the recent sitting of Parliament.The statement, issued on Saturday 4 August 2018, is as follows;Dominica Nurses Association Press Statement in response to accusatory and unsavory statements made by theHonorable Minister of Health and Social Services Dr Kenneth Darroux and Mr Curtis JohnAugust 4, 2018The Executive of the Dominica Nurses Association (DNA) is disturbed about distasteful and false statements and accusations made about their organization, and more specifically its leadership, by the Honourable Minister of Health and Social Services – Dr Kenneth Darroux, in the Dominica Parliament on July 30, 2018.In his contribution to the Annual National Budget, Dr Darroux accused the leadership of the Association of encouraging nurses to leave Dominica for overseas employment; he questioned the professional status of the DNA leadership stating that ‘their’ minds and hands are idle and went on to suggest what work ‘they’ should be engaged in. This is the second time the Minister has referred to the leadership of the DNA in unsavory and undignified terms.The Association is equally disturbed about the social media statements by one, “Curtis John” on July 28, 2018. The post together with the photograph immediately below it, clearly identifies and accuses the President of the Association of, among other things, “actively recruiting nurses to send them toEngland for a finder’s fee” and of constantly posting adverts “to recruit nurses in a nurses group”.The statements in that post and by the Minister of Health which state or suggest that the DNA President and/or leadership:(i) is recruiting nurses for employment in England or overseas; (ii) doing so for a finder’s fee;(iii) has posted adverts, constantly or at all, to recruit nurses in a nurses group;(iv) is acting in any way that is harmful to the health sector of Dominica;(v) is acting in any way as a traitor to her country;are all false, unsubstantiated and baseless.The DNA Executive, including its President, is shocked and totally denies that these statements or inferences were published at all, as neither the DNA Executive nor its President has had any contact, directly or indirectly, now or in the past, with any recruiting agency. No nurse recruiting agency has made any contact with the Executive or its President with a view to soliciting their assistance in the recruitment of nurses. The DNA President categorically declares that she has never posted any link to any nurse recruiting agency on the Association’s facebook page, in nurses groups or on her personal facebook page.For several years now, the Dominica Nurses Association has been advocating tirelessly for government to reverse the factors that trigger or contribute to nurses leaving the public service and thereby arrest the escalating nurse migration and health sector crisis.Any action or attempt by the leadership of DNA to export or facilitate the export of nurses would not only be contradictory to the Association’s nurse retention efforts but would be a betrayal of our professionalism, patriotism and the citizens of Dominica.In view of the above, the DNA Executive, including its President, requests that the Honourable Minister of Health – Dr Kenneth Darroux, Mr. Curtis John and any other person or group who may have engaged in publishing these or similar statements immediately refrain from further publication of these false, baseless and damaging statements. If these publications continue, the DNA Executive and/or its President will have no reasonable alternative other than to pursue legal action for redress.In closing, our Association wishes to thank the Honourable Minister of Health for honoring his promise of a second 2017 uniform allowance to nurses in lieu of uniforms lost due to Hurricane Maria. The Association must however express its great disappointment that in his contribution to the Budget, the Minister made noreference to salary scale upgrade for nurses. It is time the Minister identifies and calls out the real recruiter of Dominica nurses for overseas employment; it is undoubtedly the unattractive conditions of work, which include very low salaries, workplace bullying, stretched human resource and unsafe and oppressive work environments. These conditions, not unsurprisingly, give our nurses no joy in work and no incentive to stay to care for our citizens. In fact, these conditions drive them away.What is the Honourable Minister of Health and the Government of Dominica willing to do to encourage nurses to stay? Let’s be honest…… Let’s see……. Rosie B Felix MMid, CM, RNPresident HealthLifestyleLocalNewsPolitics DNA president denies recruiting nurses for ‘finders fee’ by: – August 4, 2018 Share Sharing is caring!
WITH action in the Georgetown Softball Cricket League Inc. (GSCL INC)-organised Inaugural Prime Minister’s T20 Softball Cup set to bowl off on Friday at various venues in Georgetown, softball pioneer, Regal Stationery and Computer Centre and Regal Sports have thrown their support behind the three-day tournament.The sponsorship was confirmed on Saturday last when Bibi Samaroo presented a cheque to GSCL Inc secretary, Telesha Ousman, at the business entity located at 69 Seaforth Street, Campbellville.Samaroo in brief remarks said the company is always willing to support the development of softball cricket.On the other hand, Ousman indicated that the sponsorship will provide some form of assistance towards the three-day event.The tournament will be played in two categories: the Masters and All Stars.Everest Cricket Ground will host the finals on October 29, when $600 000 will be up for grabs in the Open category, while the Masters will vie for the winners’ purse of $500 000. Both categories will have a runners-up prize of $100 000 as well as trophies.The tournament, which is being played in collaboration with the National Sports Commission, will feature the Open and Masters Categories with teams from New York, Florida and Canada, as well as the three counties of Guyana.Lighted bails will be used in the competition and added entertainment will be provided by the Crossover band and cheerleaders during the finals.