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ERIC Number: EJ783687
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: 0
Selective College Admission: What Are We Willing to Give Up?
Journal of College Admission, n180 p22-29 Sum 2003
As teachers and students consider the heated conversations over selective college admission, including a loud cry to end or curtail early application programs, the author urges admission offices to consider that greater access to the most selective schools must involve a redistribution of precious resources. A smaller percentage of early admits means less savvy students and families gain a relatively greater chance at admission. It also means a larger commitment to financial aid for needy students, which could ultimately drive tuition costs up or redistribute aid away from middle and upper-middle income families. In this article, the author discusses basic reform issues related to highly selective college admission that demand the utmost attention. This system that has evolved to recruit, sort and sift candidates at few select schools is a challenge to America's democratic system because it undermines the meritocratic values Americans hold so dear. A great many articles and conversations report that the college admission processes at the most selective schools can create too great a pressure on students. It is time to expend less energy describing the problem and more on solutions.
Descriptors: Selective Admission, College Admission, Early Admission, Access to Education, Change, Conferences (Gatherings), Admissions Counseling
National Association for College Admission Counseling. 1631 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-2818. Tel: 800-822-6285; Tel: 703-836-2222; Fax: 703-836-8015; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.nacacnet.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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