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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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Waiting for Godot on the Yellow Brick Road

I attended a webinar the other night sponsored by the International Association for College Admission Counseling. Its topic was the Coalition for Access, Blah, Blah, Blah’s new application and locker system that will supposedly create a Yellow Brick Road straight … 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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From the Ridiculous to the Sublime

Crabby makes a few end of summer suggestions… Who knew that a movie made in 1989 with the flimsiest story and oldest high school students you can imagine would strike so closely at the absurdities of the college admission process? … Continue reading

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Having a Voice is an American Dream

Crabby hears rain on the parade… Yesterday Crabby met with a group of high school students he’s been working with on college options for a while. Several of the seniors shared their acceptances and we cheered them. Crabby turned to the younger … Continue reading

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Achievement and Standardized Testing

Back in 2001, Richard Atkinson, then president of the University of California system, sent shock waves through the testing community by suggesting that he would recommend dropping the SAT I in favor of the SAT II. The SAT II, unlike … Continue reading

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