College Unranked: Ending the College Admissions Frenzy

College Unranked: Ending the College Admissions Frenzy

By: Lloyd Thacker (editor)Paperback

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Stressed and sleepless, today's high school students race from school to activities in their most competitive game of all: admission to a top-ranked, prestigious university. But is relying on magazine rankings and a vague sense of "prestige" really the best way to choose a college? Is hiring test prep teachers and consultants really the best way to shape your own education? In this book, edited by a veteran admissions counselor, a passionate advocate for students, the presidents and admission deans of leading colleges and universities--like Dartmouth, Vanderbilt, Harvard--remind readers that college choice and admission are a matter of fit, not of winning a prize, and that many colleges are "good" in different ways. They call for bold changes in admissions policies and application strategies, to help both colleges and applicants to rediscover what college is really for. It's not just a ticket to financial success, but a once-in-a-lifetime chance to explore new worlds of knowledge.

About Author

A thirty-year veteran of the college admission and college counseling professions, Lloyd Thacker is Executive Director of The Education Conservancy.


Preface Introduction College Recruitment Night Kim Stafford, Director, Northwest Writing Institute, Lewis & Clark College Let Them Be Students William M. Shain, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Vanderbilt University Time Out or Burn Out for the Next Generation William Fitzsimmons, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Harvard College; Marlyn McGrath Lewis, Director of Admissions, Harvard College; Charles Ducey, Director of the Bureau of Study Counsel, Harvard University Sanity Check Bruce J. Poch, Vice President and Dean of Admissions, Pomona College Editor's Stories I Our Numbers Are Up! (Is That Good?) Mark Speyer, Director of College Counseling, Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School Faked Figures Make Fools of Us James M. Sumner, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, Grinnell College Admissions Messages vs. Admissions Realities Paul Marthers, Dean of Admission, Reed College The Rank Lyrics of the Sirens' Song Sean Callaway, Director of College Placement and Internships, Pace University Center for Urban Education Editor's Stories II. Practical Perspectives: On Choosing the Right College Richard H. Hersh, Former President, Trinity College Admission Selection: Discerning Intrinsic Talents in a Confounding Era. Karl M. Furstenberg, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Dartmouth College Higher Education: The Status Game William Adams, President, Colby College You Must Re-member This Ted O'Neill, Dean of Admission, University of Chicago Editor's Stories III College Admission: As If Learning Mattered Michael Beseda, Vice Provost for Enrollment, Saint Mary's College of California Thoughts From an Admission Officer Mother Sid Dalby, Associate Director of Admission, Smith College Knowledge for its Own Sake Colin S. Diver, President, Reed College Status vs. Substance: Is There a Choice? Robert J. Massa, Vice President for Enrollment, Student Life and College Relations, Dickinson College Editor's Stories IV Establishing the Right Perspective Regarding College Admissions Harold Wingood, Dean of Admission, Clark University Students: You ARE Important, and You Can Take Control! Matt Fissinger, Dean of Admission, Loyola Marymount University Listening to What Matters Craig J. Franz, FSC, President, St. Mary's College of California Saving Imagination Philip Ballinger, Ph.D., Director of Admissions, University of Washington Summary and Discussion: Seeking Educational Clarity and Inspiration Recommendations: Who can do what needs to be done? What can students do? What can parents do? What can colleges do? What can The College Board and the media do? Hope and inspiration Acknowledgements

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  • ISBN13: 9780674019775
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9780674019775
  • ISBN10: 0674019776

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