Correction: I carelessly misstated the size of the Cooke Foundation's endowment in billions of dollars instead of millions. It was not my intent to do so and I apologize for the egregious error. I have corrected the amounts below. Also, the market value of the endowment has changed; I have also made that correction. Thanks … Continue reading Elitism in the Name of Access
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
In Part 1 and in other posts on this site, I've defined what I think a "better" college admission process is and emphasized that colleges and universities have the responsibility of reforming it. Only these institutions are capable of making it more humane and responsive to social and educational realities current students face. Only these institutions … Continue reading What Colleges Could Do About College Admission, Part 2
There's plenty not to like about the way college admission has developed over the years. More due dates, more essays, more ways to cheat, more silly rankings, and more complexity in general make everyone's lives crazily complex at a time when high school seniors should be focusing on their schoolwork and activities. Everyone complains about … Continue reading What Colleges Could Do About College Admission, Part 1
To improve it, we need to think of the college admission process as a cultural system.