Getting to the Deep End

Crabby recommends some books for a busman's holiday... Whether you're a college admission officer or a high school college counselor, it's important to have knowledge of the field of college admission beyond the viewbook or your students' GPAs. In the first instance, you need to be more than a salesperson for your institution, you need … Continue reading Getting to the Deep End

What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?

Crabby wonders about form and substance...The more I think about college access and success for underserved students, the more I find myself reading and thinking about primary and secondary education as well. Too often, I've found, even students at the top of their classes struggle to write a decent essay for an application--not understanding how … Continue reading What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?

Having a Voice is an American Dream

Crabby hears rain on the parade... Yesterday Crabby met with a group of high school students he's been working with on college options for a while. Several of the seniors shared their acceptances and we cheered them. Crabby turned to the younger students, especially the juniors, and asked how they were doing. Shoulders were shrugged and eyes … Continue reading Having a Voice is an American Dream

The Underside of College LIfe

I tend to idealize my own college experience, which I suppose everyone does after a certain age or even before. When I talk to my low-income first generation-college students I probably idealize college even more. Even so, I know I went to learn things and not for the parties or simply to make "contacts," which … Continue reading The Underside of College LIfe

Assailing the “Brick Tower”

The New York Times has a very interesting and powerful article today about a controversy at Hunter College High School in New York, an "elite" school for "gifted" students. In his graduation speech, senior Justin Hudson challenged his peers and the school to look beyond the results of a single test taken for admission to … Continue reading Assailing the “Brick Tower”