An excellent piece on undermatching that lends further perspectives to the three books I reviewed yesterday. We need to focus on multiple factors in college admission, not just one or two.
About July 28th, I was asked to participate on an August 4th panel at The American Enterprise Institute, a think tank in DC, to react to two papers presented at their invitation-only conference, Matching all students to post secondary opportunities: How college choice is influenced by institutional, state, and federal policy. With just a week to prepare, I juggled some schedule commitments and agreed to participate.
The premise of the conference was to move away from the traditional discussion of “undermatch,” which was made popular by a University of Chicago report on the Chicago Public Schools. Since then, many definitions of undermatch have surfaced, but essentially the issue focuses on high-achieving, low-income students who don’t apply to, or don’t attend the most selective institutions they should consider or were admitted to, respectively. It was hoped we could focus on a larger group, rather than just the very high-ability…
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