A few years ago, I was at a conference, and sat in a room with mostly high school counselors who had some bones to pick with the most selective colleges and the way they do admissions. None of their points were unreasonable, of course: They wanted the colleges and universities […]
Absurdities seem to come in clumps. While I was on the train reading Twitter earlier this week, I saw this. You may not see the final sentence, so I’ve cut it out for you here: As absurdities go, it’s really hard to top that, but later that day I stumbled […]
Next week, the NFL Draft will come to Chicago again. For most of us, it will mean a headache of closed streets, crowded restaurants, bad traffic, and a lot of fuss about a system of connecting players and teams that seems archaic or even anti-American to many. For some people who […]
This has been an interesting couple of weeks for college admissions, following an interesting year. The Harvard Graduate School of Education has issued a report entitled Turning the Tide, that advocates for a major overhaul in the way college admissions is done. I spoke to the author of the document last year as […]
You might be surprised to learn that Harvard doesn’t care what I think. No one at Cal Tech consults me before making decisions. And no one at the University of Chicago–our neighbor on the south side of Chicago–has ever called and asked me to lunch. This is my influence on higher […]
No blog post this time; I was asked by Nick Anderson at the Washington Post to pull together my thoughts about the recent announcement by The Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success. They are published on the site; just click here to read them.
A few days ago–probably not coincidentally just before the annual NACAC conference–we got a first look at the long-rumored Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success. Presumably, this group of about 80 high-profile private and large public institutions was founded to improve access, affordability, and success for populations traditionally underserved by […]