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 pursue their post-secondary aspirations. At times, we even go to bat for them regarding admission decisions … Continue reading College Counselors as Advocates: A New Dynamic

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 to the Emerald City of college admission for all the Dorothys, Scarecrows, Tin Men, and … Continue reading Waiting for Godot on the Yellow Brick Road

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

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?

From the Ridiculous to the Sublime

Crabby makes a few end of summer suggestions...Who knew that a movie made in 1989 with the flimsiest story and oldest high school students you can imagine would strike so closely at the absurdities of the college admission process? For a 90 minute primer on the various indignities of the process from students' and admission … Continue reading From the Ridiculous to the Sublime