Opinion: College Admission “For The Rest Of Us”

"Let’s face it, the college admission process exists to serve one primary purpose: for colleges and universities to fill seats with those students who will be the best match for what the institution offers. Despite the public good and lofty mission statements, at its core higher education is a business, and admission offices are subjugated by the bottom line," Forbes writes.

..."As we look ahead to 2023, I asked my counseling colleagues to air their grievances with the admission process and suggest changes. These will likely resonate for any student or parent who is applying to college:

'I would love for us (admissions officers and school counselors) to ask ourselves what we are doing collectively to make the process better for all students. I worry that the advances in technology in the applications, content management systems, and data collection has added layers, steps, and consequences that are making the process more complicated (and therefore keeping kids from completing).'—Matthew DeGreeff, Dean of College Counseling and Student Enrichment, Middlesex School

'We have a series of changes we'd like to see from our joint Lumina-supported report with NASFAA. In terms of concrete steps, here are a few: (1) greater student involvement in admission policy and practice decision-making; (2) improvements to the application process to minimize the burden on students; and (3) further expanding the foundation upon which we will craft future equity efforts in response to opponents of equity, who are fixated on admission decisions.'—David Hawkins, Chief Education and Policy Officer, National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)"

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Publication Date: 12/23/2022

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