A Radical Change for Admissions

"Imagine a new way for colleges to admit students: students don’t apply. They just create a single, basic portfolio, showing their grades, their interests and relevant information. They can include their test scores if they want to. Colleges would then look at the portfolios and make offers of admission, without even knowing the names of the students," Inside Higher Ed reports.

..."David Hawkins, chief education and policy officer for the National Association for College Admission Counseling, said he sees Concourse as 'an innovative, possibly disruptive, approach to connecting students with colleges and vice versa.'

The problem Concourse is solving is that 'increased complexity in the application process appears to create more inequity,' Hawkins said. So 'reducing complexity would, we think, make the process more equitable, instead of requiring students to complete multiple applications that creates redundancies with information about them that is readily available.' In NACAC’s recent joint report with the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators on promoting equity in admissions, 'we envisioned a system in which a student’s record and associated information could be conveyed to colleges directly from the secondary school. Concourse is a good example of how this is already being implemented and of how we can invite colleges to ‘apply’ for students.'"

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Publication Date: 6/6/2022

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