Category Archives: Amherst College

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 … Continue reading

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“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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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College Marketing and the Student Comfort Zone

When I first moved to Chicago I worked for a marketing/communications firm focused on non-profits, including colleges and universities. I got to know them as a client while I was an Associate Dean of Admission at Amherst in the ’90s … Continue reading

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