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

When Common Isn’t Ordinary

Crabby gloats, but not in a bad way... Crabby notes that several months ago he wrote that the Common Application was becoming too common and wondered how institutions as disparate as the University of Michigan and any small liberal arts college could really finding anything "common" enough to comfortably share an application. With the recent … Continue reading When Common Isn’t Ordinary

High Hopes, Major Disappointment

Higher Education? by Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus doesn't offer any new insights into the state of colleges or college admission.

Raw Material or Finished Product?

Eugene S. Wilson, legendary admission dean at Amherst College, believed that no matter how long he was in the business he'd never perfect the art of human evaluation, and that was OK. For him, every applicant was an opportunity to see the potential in a young person, to assess him fairly, and to render a … Continue reading Raw Material or Finished Product?