Author Archives: Will Dix

About Will Dix

I am currently writing a book about college admission. I'm interested in the intersection of the college process and American culture. I attended Amherst College in the 1970s, taught high school English and theater at The Hill School in the '80s, returned to Amherst in the '90s as an admission dean, and began the '00s as a college counselor at the University of Chicago Laboratory School. I then joined Chicago Scholars as Program Director. Currently, I blog about college admission for Forbes.com. I also help community organizations serving low income students understand the college admission process so more students can consider gaining access to higher education. I have a few private college counseling clients that I take by referral only. The views expressed in this blog are mine alone.

Students protesting gun violence reacall

Students protesting gun violence reacall the days when the NRA was actually FOR gun control. http://ow.ly/bWjB30jtYB1 Advertisements

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April can be the cruelest month for kids

April can be the cruelest month for kids deciding on which college to attend. http://ow.ly/RMdb30jtCVS

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A wave of teachers’ strikes reflects th

A wave of teachers’ strikes reflects the #NeverAgain movement’s anger: “We’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore!” Colleges and universities should take note and join in. My latest Forbes entry: https://www.forbes.com/sites/willarddix/2018/04/04/colleges-should-support-teachers-strikes-in-oklahoma-and-other-states/#dd050db103ff

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THe resistance to the University of Wisc

THe resistance to the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point is heating up, but attempts to eviscerate college/university curricula have been increasing since 2008. My latest Forbes piece details some of them and why we should be worried: https://goo.gl/xZ6EVw

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I marched in Chicago this past Saturday.

I marched in Chicago this past Saturday…It was a moving and powerful experience. https://goo.gl/oJFLoC

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A new book adds little to the college ad

A new book adds little to the college admission debate over standardized testing. See my new Forbes entry at https://goo.gl/CVSifg.

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Curating Your College List, Writing the Application Essay, College as Work, and Wondering About Colleges’ Effect On Society: New Forbes Entries

Some college application advice and some commentary. Enjoy! Continue reading

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