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The Charge of the Bright Brigade

Thousands of talented and ambitious students are futilely throwing themselves at high status, low admit rate colleges. Although they have virtually no chance of admission, the pull of status is stronger than logic. This situation leads to overwork, stress, and … Continue reading

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College Counselors as Advocates: A New Dynamic

Most of the time, college counselors are seen as ardent supporters of their students during the college process. Whether it’s helping create college lists, going over procedures, checking up on deadlines, or writing recommendations, we are in students’ corners as they … Continue reading

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Waiting for Godot on the Yellow Brick Road

I attended a webinar the other night sponsored by the International Association for College Admission Counseling. Its topic was the Coalition for Access, Blah, Blah, Blah’s new application and locker system that will supposedly create a Yellow Brick Road straight … Continue reading

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Minority Report: Coercing Empathy & Demanding Authenticity

The recent report from the Harvard Graduate School of Education entitled “Turning the Tide” suggests that the college admission process provides a way to create students who are “more generous and humane” instead of being overly competitive and overly concerned … Continue reading

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“Access” in Wonderland

Crabby explores the fatuousness of self-satisfaction… The Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success, a group of 80 or so “elite” colleges and universities, has announced a new application system that has, to say the least, raised some hackles among those of … Continue reading

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