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.
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Table of Contents
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
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
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