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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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Welcome to Tomorrowland!

Crabby wonders if colleges actually pay attention to the real world… The Disney-fication of American life continues apace with the brand spanking new soft focus cartoon that is the new college application procedure recently put forward by the PR-ready but apparently … Continue reading

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The Too-Common Application (and One Idea for Improvement)

Crabby knows you can’t please everyone, but… When it began, only a handful of colleges used the Common Application. They were all  small, liberal arts colleges that had a significant overlap in applicants and evaluated them based on a thorough … Continue reading

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Our Broken College Admission Process and Five Ways to Fix It

Crabby thinks it’s time to overhaul the college admission system… The complaints are as consistent as they are constant: The college admission process is too stressful, too complicated, too tipped in favor of the privileged, too subject to manipulation, too test-obsessed. … Continue reading

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“One Percent” Institutions and the Public Interest

Crabby pries open the golden gates… Yesterday’s Chronicle of Higher Education reported some good news for low-income students (fuller article in the New York Times): The University of Chicago will now do more for those students by, among other things, replacing … Continue reading

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What’s Frenzy Got To Do With It?

The college admission world’s favorite piñata, the US News rankings of colleges and universities, came out a few weeks ago, with the usual non-surprises except for some movement in the lower ranks. Why that qualifies as “news” is a mystery, but … Continue reading

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