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

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

Curating Your College List, Writing the Application Essay, College as Work, and Wondering About Colleges’ Effect On Society: New Forbes Entries

Some college application advice and some commentary. Enjoy!

Stand, Don’t Kneel, During the College Application Process

Crabby wants to reassure students, for once... Ten thoughts during application season: 1. Minimize stress and anxiety by thinking of yourself as someone offering your talents and abilities to a number of institutions rather than as someone begging to be admitted to a secret, elite society. 2. Don't be a supplicant, pleading on your knees … Continue reading Stand, Don’t Kneel, During the College Application Process

Welcome to Tomorrowland!

Crabby wonders if colleges actually pay attention to the real world... The Disney-fication of American life continues apace with the brand spanking new soft focus cartoon that is the new college application procedure recently put forward by the PR-ready but apparently context-free Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success. This group is a collection (or "coalition," if you will) … Continue reading Welcome to Tomorrowland!

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?