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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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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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Getting Here From There

Crabby is seized with a kind of nostalgia… Since I read about, talk about, and teach about college admission and the college process all the time, I am constantly flashing back to my own college experience. Hearing about the bad behavior … Continue reading

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Our Broken College Admission Process and Five Ways to Fix It

Crabby thinks it’s time to overhaul the college admission system… The complaints are as consistent as they are constant: The college admission process is too stressful, too complicated, too tipped in favor of the privileged, too subject to manipulation, too test-obsessed. … Continue reading

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Show Them the Money!!!!

Crabby wonders what they’re talking about in Washington today…. Today (Dec. 4, 2014) a group of college, university, and organization leaders is meeting in Washington DC to discuss how to improve access to higher education for non-privileged students. Earlier in the … Continue reading

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Crabby hates clutter… [the King gestures to the window]                                                                … Continue reading

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