Category Archives: college access

Elitism in the Name of Access

Correction: I carelessly misstated the size of the Cooke Foundation’s endowment in billions of dollars instead of millions. It was not my intent to do so and I apologize for the egregious error. I have corrected the amounts below. Also, … Continue reading

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What Colleges Could Do About College Admission, Part 3

Most of the changes being advocated regarding college admission focus on students, families, schools, and organizations changing their ways. “Relax!” say colleges. “Do your best and don’t worry about the results.” Students are enjoined to be “nicer” and more sincere … 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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College Awareness Efforts for Underserved Students Can Be More Form Than Substance

Underserved students get more form than substance when being pointed toward college. 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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The Tangled Web of College Access

To improve it, we need to think of the college admission process as a cultural system. Continue reading

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