"Resumes filled to the brim with sports, music, Advanced Placement courses, and community service projects in foreign countries. A multi-billion dollar tutoring and test prep industry fueled by students in a competitive frenzy to achieve better and better scores. Books providing hyped-up advice on 'how to beat the system.'” The Seventy Four identifies many of the problems with the current college admissions process and shares highlights from MCC's new report.
"En este sentido, el reporte recomienda tomar en consideración las responsabilidades familiares y comunitarias de todos los estudiantes, de modo que aquellos provenientes de familias de menos ingresos o de clase trabajadora, y con menos tiempo de involucrarse en numerosas actividades extracurriculares, también tengan las mismas oportunidades que sus pares de competir por un puesto en la universidad o college de su elección." Univision identifies how the recommendations in "Turning the Tide," including taking into account family and community responsibilities, can benefit lower-income college applicants.
"The proposal...has been endorsed by about 80 educators, including top admissions officials at major U.S. universities ranging from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Columbia University to the University of North Carolina and Purdue University." Reuters covers the broad support among institutions and educators for "Turning the Tide," MCC's new report on the college admissions process.
"Parents, educators and college administrators have long wrestled with the unintended negative side effects of the admissions process." Check out the Washington Post's highlights of the college admissions report and tips for how parents can help "Turn the Tide."
"The idea, he says, is for kids to do something meaningful, rather than racing off to the far corners of the earth to do something fleetingly impressive. Service to one’s family, such as having a job, or caring for a younger sibling, should carry the same, if not more weight, than raising money from dad’s law partners." Quartz talks to Rick Weissbourd about the new effort to reduce the competitive nature of college admissions
"The college admissions system should encourage applicants to emphasize their concern for others, dedication to family, and devotion to their interests, according to a new Harvard report that recommends a shift away from traditional measures like test scores and advanced classes." Read more from The Boston Globe on 'Turning the Tide'.