Most of the changes being advocated regarding college admission focus on students, families, schools, and organizations changing their ways. "Relax!" say colleges. "Do your best and don't worry about the results." Students are enjoined to be "nicer" and more sincere in their approach to other, their activities, and their communities. Impossible and contradictory advice gets … Continue reading What Colleges Could Do About College Admission, Part 3
Underserved students get more form than substance when being pointed toward college.
To improve it, we need to think of the college admission process as a cultural system.
Crabby is seized with a kind of nostalgia... Since I read about, talk about, and teach about college admission and the college process all the time, I am constantly flashing back to my own college experience. Hearing about the bad behavior of current college students or the critiques of the current climate of higher education, I … Continue reading Getting Here From There
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