What Does “Eliminating Legacy Preferences” in College Admission Really Mean?

Eliminating "legacy preferences" in college admission is harder than it seems.

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

“One Percent” Institutions and the Public Interest

Crabby pries open the golden gates... Yesterday's Chronicle of Higher Education reported some good news for low-income students (fuller article in the New York Times): The University of Chicago will now do more for those students by, among other things, replacing student loans  with grants in cases of need-based financial aid; automatically waiving the application fee … Continue reading “One Percent” Institutions and the Public Interest

What’s Frenzy Got To Do With It?

The college admission world's favorite piñata, the US News rankings of colleges and universities, came out a few weeks ago, with the usual non-surprises except for some movement in the lower ranks. Why that qualifies as "news" is a mystery, but we have so much fun swinging at it and picking up the sweet, sweet morsels it … Continue reading What’s Frenzy Got To Do With It?

Metaphorical Mistakes in College Access Thinking

Crabby suggests better metaphors for thinking about college access... In last Friday's New York Times, Peter Dreier and Richard Kahlenberg wrote about "Making Top Colleges Less Aristocratic and More Meritocratic."  They note that affluent students far outnumber economically disadvantaged students at highly selective college by 14 to 1. While "some colleges, such as Amherst and Harvard, … Continue reading Metaphorical Mistakes in College Access Thinking