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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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Student Engagement, Not Alumni Giving, Is a Quality Indicator

All colleges should participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement. Many prominent campuses don’t. 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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Putting the College Process in Its Place

Crabby wants to put the college process in its place… Proposition: The college admission/application process has become far too ponderous and complex. It has ceased to be a complementary part of secondary school life and instead become central, overwhelming the … Continue reading

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It’s Not About College, It’s About “College”

Crabby wonders if we sometimes miss the mark… Many schools and college access programs consistently confuse the ideals of “college” with the physical realities of college. They make going to school a way to prepare for arriving at a physical … Continue reading

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Metaphorical Mistakes in College Access Thinking

Crabby suggests better metaphors for thinking about college access… In last Friday’s New York Times, Peter Dreier and Richard Kahlenberg wrote about “Making Top Colleges Less Aristocratic and More Meritocratic.”  They note that affluent students far outnumber economically disadvantaged students at … Continue reading

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What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?

Crabby wonders about form and substance… The more I think about college access and success for underserved students, the more I find myself reading and thinking about primary and secondary education as well. Too often, I’ve found, even students at … Continue reading

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