Category Archives: admission practices

College Admission Anxiety is a Systemic Problem

I haven’t posted here in a while because I’m writing for my Forbes.com blog. But my most recent entries are about how the college admission system is a major cause of anxiety and pressure in kids and families. Here’s the … Continue reading

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What Colleges Could Do About College Admission, Part 2

In Part 1 and in other posts on this site, I’ve defined what I think a “better” college admission process is and emphasized that colleges and universities have the responsibility of reforming it. Only these institutions are  capable of making it … Continue reading

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What Colleges Could Do About College Admission, Part 1

There’s plenty not to like about the way college admission has developed over the years. More due dates, more essays, more ways to cheat, more silly rankings, and more complexity in general make everyone’s lives crazily complex at a time … Continue reading

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NACAC Notes, Columbus OH, 2016

Some thoughts on the latest annual conference of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. I attended several sessions, including Juan Sanchez’s talk. As usual, I saw many colleagues and had a chance to catch up, even if only on the … Continue reading

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Needy Students Need Action, Not Reports, to Increase College Attainment

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has published two superfluous reports on college access. They should promote action instead. Continue reading

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Curioser and Curioser…The Coalition’s Sleight of Hand at IACAC

To convert a skeptic, you need some solid facts. I’m still a skeptic. Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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