ERIC Number: ED296207
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
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College Application Made Pleasant.
The college admissions process has grown increasingly burdensome, expensive, and morally corrosive and ill serves the college-bound student. The idiosyncratic college application form is a product of the isolated planning of the college admissions profession. Each student has to complete a different application form for each college to which he or she applies, unlike the financial aid form which is standardized for all colleges. A standardized application form could be developed in this four-step process: (1) agree that the present multiple application system has faults; (2) delegate the most thoughtful practitioners to work on the problem; (3) define criteria for developing the kind of service that is apt to meet the needs of most students and universities; and (4) authorize an agency to develop and test a system which would meet the specifications laid down by members of the admissions profession chosen to represent the interests of different kinds of universities and the students themselves. This central application system could gather basic identification information, teacher references, and any supplemental data that selective or specialized programs might require. The greatest effect of this system would be to put initiative for the college selection process back into the hands of the students themselves, making the work of the school counselor more crucial. There would be nothing mandatory about joining the central application system; colleges would join because they believed they could be served. The participation of highly selective colleges would be an enabling factor for the system and the admissions renaissance would become a reality. (ABL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the National Association of College Admission Counselors (44th, Milwaukee, WI, October 4-7, 1988).