A Radical Approach to Who Gets In

"The admissions system should be totally overhauled to make it more fair, especially for students of color, said a report issued Wednesday by the National Association for College Admission Counseling and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators," Inside Higher Ed reports. 

"A major reason that colleges developed the current system, with its tests, essays, grades and recommendation letters, said the report, is to promote selectivity. The report adds, 'Selectivity exerts a fundamentally inequitable influence on the path to postsecondary education. It does so not because the system is designed on a complete definition of ‘merit,’ which remains elusive and ill-defined, but because in many cases it is designed to exclude even highly qualified students and because its current configuration relies upon an inequitable system of inputs.'”

..."Justin Draeger, president and CEO of NASFAA, said, 'I think the most important piece from the financial aid perspective is to internalize the fact that complexity has costs on all students, but most especially on historically disadvantaged students. The challenge is how do we simplify what is often an inherently complex process? The report takes aim at the most complex aspects of admissions and financial aid that can be overlooked because they have become so ingrained in our processes.'”

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Publication Date: 1/20/2022

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