From the National Bureau of Economic Research is a new paper from Harvard University's Christopher Avery, which reports the results of a pilot study on the effects of college counseling for "high-achieving, low-income students." The short of it is that for those students, college counseling significantly influenced student outcomes through application choice rather than application quality. Put another way, students in the study were more likely to apply to more competitive schools but weren't as keen on some of the methods to improve their applications.
Dinesh D'Souza's latest ode to disingenuous stupidity has already been picked over by the blogosphere -- Adam Serwer had a particularly exquisite contribution -- but I wanted to make note of the Economist's take, which adopted D'Souza's own approach of biographical exegesis to dismantle his argument. Here's an example: