Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern For Others And The Common Good Through College Admissions

 

Articles and resources related to college admissions, achievement pressure and college access.

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Articles

5 ways elite-college admissions shut out poor kids, National Public Radio, 1.15.16

Poverty preference admissions: The new affirmative action? US News & World Report, 1.12.16

The story of one disadvantaged teenager in Brooklyn and her fight to get into college, AlterNet, 1.8.16

Is the drive for success making our children sick?, New York Times 1.2.16

Our obsession with elite colleges is making our kids feel worthless, Quartz, 12.19.15

The Silicon Valley suicides, The Atlantic Magazine, 12.15.15

Silicon Valley’s college consultant industry, The Atlantic 12.9.15

College admissions odds are stacked against high achieving low-income students, HuffPost Education, 11.20.15

We’re destroying our kids – for nothing: Too much homework, too many tests, too much needless pressure, Salon, 10.31.15 

High school students are stressed out about college admissions; the reality of burning out before college, Medical Daily, 8.12.15

The heartbreaking physical toll of high achievement among disadvantaged teens, HuffPost, 7.20.15

Push, don’t crush, the students, NYTimes, 4.24.15 

Some students feeling college-admissions stress, USA Today, 3.26.15

Research and scholarly work

Abeles, V. (2015). Beyond measure. NY: Simon & Schuster.

Ansary, N. A., & Luthar, S. S. (2009).  Distress and academic achievement among adolescents of affluence: A study of externalizing and internalizing problem behaviors and school performance.  Development and Psychopathology, 21, 319-341.

Bruni, F. (2015). Where you go is not who you’ll be: An antidote to the college admissions mania. NY: Grand Central Publishing.

Conner, J., Pope, D., & Galloway, M. (2009), Success with less stress, Educational Leadership, 67(4), 54-47.

Luthar, S. S., & Becker, B. E. (2002). Privileged but pressured?: A study of affluent youth. Child Development, 73(5), p. 1593-1610

Galloway, M., Pope, D. C., & Osberg, J. (2007). Stressed-out students – SOS: Youth perspectives on changing school climates.  In D. Thiessen & A. Cook-Sather, (Eds.) International handbook of student experience of elementary and secondary school (p. 611-634). Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Pope, D., Brown, M., & Miles, S. (2015). Overloaded and underprepared: Strategies for stronger schools and healthy, successful kids. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Thacker, L., College admissions: What are students learning? http://www.educationconservancy.org/research.html

Weissbourd, R. (2011). The overpressured student. Educational Leadership, 68(8), 22-27.

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Twitter

→ Together we can #TurnTheTide in #collegeadmissions http://bit.ly/1Qej7Sp
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→ Proud to stand w @MCCHarvardEd & colleges nationwide to #TurnTheTide in #collegeadmissions http://bit.ly/1Qej7Sp 
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→ Thrilled to support #TurnTheTide to deliver healthier messages to high school students http://bit.ly/1Qej7Sp
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→ It's not all about AP courses & extracurriculars--ethical engagement counts in #collegeadmissions http://bit.ly/1Qej7Sp #TurnTheTide

→ Together we can dial down pressure, level the playing field & refocus students on the common good http://bit.ly/1Qej7Sp #TurnTheTide 

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Facebook

→ Together we can #TurnTheTide in #collegeadmissions to dial down achievement pressure, level the playing field and refocus students on the common good cc: Making Caring Common http://bit.ly/1Qej7Sp
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→ [College/university/organization name] is proud to stand with Making Caring Common and colleges nationwide to #TurnTheTide in #collegeadmissions http://bit.ly/1Qej7Sp 
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→ Thrilled to support #TurnTheTide to deliver a clearer and healthier set of messages to aspiring college students cc: Making Caring Common http://bit.ly/1Qej7Sp
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→ Let's #TurnTheTide to refocus #collegeadmissions on generosity, humanity, and spirited, passionate learning. cc: Making Caring Common http://bit.ly/1Qej7Sp 
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Add your institution to our growing list of endorsers! Email collegeadmissions@makingcaringcommon.org for more information.

Colleges and Universities

  1. Tamara Long, Dean of Admissions, Abilene Christian University
  2. Kristen E. Capezza, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, Adelphi University
  3. Laura E. Martin-Fedich, Vice President for Enrollment & Dean of Admission, Agnes Scott College
  4. Steve Klein, Vice President for Enrollment, Albion College
  5. Bill Sliwa, Director of Admissions, Alfred University
  6. Cornell B. LeSane II, Vice President for Enrollment & Dean of Admissions, Allegheny College  
  7. Bob Garcia, Vice President for Enrollment, Alma College
  8. Katie Fretwell, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, Amherst College
  9. Flora Z. Chan, Associate Director of Student Life for Diversity and Community, Amherst College
  10. Harold Wingood, Interim Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, Antioch College
  11. Courtney Minden, Dean of Undergraduate Admission, Babson College
  12. Robert Mirabile, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Beloit College
  13. Donald Gordon, Associate Director for Undergraduate Admissions, Biola University
  14. Sara H. Newhouse, Vice President for Admission & Financial Planning, Birmingham-Southern College
  15. John Mahoney, Director of Undergraduate Admission, Boston College
  16. Kelly A. Walter, Associate Vice President & Executive Director of Admissions, Boston University
  17. Whitney Soule, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Bowdoin College
  18. Andrew Flagel, Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment, Brandeis University
  19. James Miller, Dean of Admission, Brown University
  20. Michelle L. Cloutier, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Bryant University
  21. Pelema I. Morrice, Chief Enrollment Officer, Bryn Mawr College
  22. Robert G. Springall, Dean of Admissions, Bucknell University
  23. Matthew Ward, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing, California Lutheran University  
  24. Nina Lococo, Vice President of Enrollment Management, Carroll College
  25. Cindy L. Barr, Vice President of Enrollment, Catawba College
  26. Mary Alice Ozechoski, Vice President of Student Affairs & Traditional Enrollment, Cedar Crest College
  27. Chris Perlongo, Director of Admissions, Champlain College
  28. Rob Lange, Dean of Admission, Christopher Newport University (VA)
  29. Don Honeman, Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid, Clark University
  30. Julie Cirks, Director of Admissions, Clarke University
  31. Matthew Proto, Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Colby College
  32. David L. Placey, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Colby-Sawyer College
  33. Gary L. Ross, Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, Colgate University
  34. Curt Dircks, Director for Admission, College of Mount Saint Vincent
  35. Heather Albert-Knopp, Dean of Admission, College of the Atlantic
  36. Ann Bowe McDermott, Director of Admissions, College of the Holy Cross
  37. Tim Wolfe, Associate Provost for Enrollment and Dean of Admission, College of William and Mary
  38. Scott Friedhoff, Vice President for Enrollment and College Relations, College of Wooster
  39. Mark Hatch, Vice President for Enrollment, Colorado College
  40. Jessica Marinaccio, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid, Columbia University
  41. Andrew K. Strickler, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, Connecticut College
  42. Jason C. Locke, Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment, Cornell University
  43. Sarah Richardson, Director of Admissions and Scholarships, Creighton University
  44. Maria Laskaris, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Dartmouth College
  45. Iris P. Godes, Associate Vice President of Enrollment and Dean of Admissions, Dean College
  46. Gregory Sneed, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Denison University
  47. Mike Hills, Director of Admission, Denison University
  48. Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, President, DePaul University
  49. AJ Jones, Vice-President of Enrollment Management, Depauw University
  50. Robert Massa, Senior Vice President for Enrollment & Institutional Planning, Drew University
  51. Jonathan M. Stroud, Vice President for Enrollment and Communications, Earlham College
  52. Xavier E. Romano, Vice President of Student Services, Eastern Oregon University
  53. Kenton Sparks, Vice President for Marketing & Enrollment and Special Assistant to the President, Eastern University
  54. John Sullivan, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Eckerd College
  55. John F. Latting, Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Enrollment and Dean of Admission, Emory University
  56. Alison Hildenbrand, Director of Admission, Fairfield University
  57. Hege K. Ferguson, Director of Admissions, Florida State University
  58. John Chenier, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Framingham State University
  59. Kathryn Coffman, Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Franklin College
  60. Rick Clark, Director of Undergraduate Admission, Georgia Institute of Technology
  61. Gail Sweezey, Director of Admissions, Gettysburg College
  62. Julie McCulloh, Dean of Admission, Gonzaga University
  63. Arlene Wesley Cash, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Guilford College
  64. Monica C. Inzer, Vice President & Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, Hamilton College
  65. Meredith Twombly, Dean of Enrollment and Retention, Hampshire College
  66. William R. Fitzsimmons, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Harvard University
  67. Jess Lord, Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, Haverford University
  68. D. Andrew Bills, Senior Vice President for Enrollment, High Point University
  69. Brian Studebaker, Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management, Holy Cross College at Notre Dame
  70. William C. Vanderbilt, Vice President for Admissions, Hope College
  71. John F. Champoli, Director of Admissions, Husson University
  72. Steve Herendeen, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Indiana Institute of Technology
  73. Dr. Boyd A. Bradshaw, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
  74. Gerard Turbide, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Ithaca College
  75. Robert C. Troy, Vice President for Enrollment Management, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  76. David M. Phillips, Vice Provost for Admissions and Financial Aid, Johns Hopkins University
  77. Eric Staab, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, Kalamazoo College
  78. Diane Anci, Vice President for Enrollment Management & Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Kenyon College
  79. Cornelius Darcy, Vice President - Marketing, Communications and Enrollment, Kettering University
  80. Jennifer Sekol, Director of Admissions, Keystone College
  81. Gregory V. MacDonald, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Lafayette College
  82. Chris Ellerston, Vice President for Enrollment, Lake Forest College
  83. Edwin Wright, Vice President of Enrollment Management, Lebanon Valley College
  84. Matthew X. Fissinger, Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Admission, Loyola Marymount College
  85. Carrie Carroll, Vice President of Enrollment, Luther Seminary
  86. Caitlin Read, Executive Director of Admissions and Enrollment Operations, Manhattan College
  87. Nikhil Kumar, Vice President of Undergraduate Enrollment Management, Manhattanville College
  88. Kent Rinehart, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management and Dean of Admission, Marist College
  89. Brian Troyer, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Marquette University
  90. Michael Lovell, President, Marquette University
  91. Theresa Bedoya, Vice President for Admission & Financial Aid, Maryland Institute College of Art
  92. Stuart Schmill, Dean of Admissions and Student Financial Services, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  93. Shery Boyles, Director of Admissions, Meredith College
  94. Michael S. Kabbaz, Vice President, Enrollment Management & Student Success, Miami University
  95. Nick Spaeth, Associate Vice President for Admission, Monmouth University
  96. Steven Soba, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing, Moravian College
  97. James W. Smith, Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management, Mount Vernon Nazarene University
  98. Bob Gielow, Vice President of Enrollment Services, New Hampshire Institute of Arts
  99. Carol Kim, Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management, The New School
  100. MJ Knoll-Finn, Vice President for Enrollment Management, New York University
  101. Thomas H. Griffin, Associate Vice Provost and Director of Admission, North Carolina State University
  102. Martin Sauer, Vice-President for Enrollment Management & Athletics, North Central College
  103. Jason Murray, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Notre Dame de Namur University
  104. Debra J. Chermonte, Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Oberlin College
  105. William Eilola, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Ohio Northern University
  106. Candace J. Boeninger, Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Ohio University
  107. Susan Dileno, Vice President for Enrollment, Ohio Wesleyan University
  108. Kristy Paredes Collins, Dean of Enrollment Management, Pepperdine University  
  109. Janet Lavin Rapelye, Dean of Admission, Princeton University
  110. Mitch Warren, Director of Admissions, Purdue University
  111. Soumitra Ghosh, Vice President for Student Enrollment and Engagement, Quincy University
  112. Falone Serna, Director of Admission, Reed College
  113. J. Carey Thompson, Vice President of Enrollment & Communications/Dean of Admission, Rhodes College
  114. Julie Browning, Dean for Undergraduate Enrollment, Rice University
  115. Faye Felterman Tydlaska, Ph.D.,Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing, Rollins College
  116. Lisa Norton, Dean of Admissions, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  117. Mike Sexton, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Santa Clara University
  118. Kevin McKenna, Dean of Enrollment, Sarah Lawrence College
  119. Mary Lou W. Bates, Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Skidmore College
  120. Kathleen McCartney, President, Smith College
  121. Audrey Smith, Vice President for Enrollment, Smith College
  122. Enga Almeida, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Southwestern Adventist University
  123. Christine Bowman, Dean of Admission and Enrollment Services, Southwestern University
  124. Kevin D. Brown, Senior Admissions Director, Spring Arbor University
  125. Tracy Manier, Associate Vice President and Dean for Admission, St. Edward’s University
  126. Benjamin S. Baum, Director of Admissions, St. John’s College, Annapolis
  127. Yvette Sobky Shaffer, Director of Admissions, St. John’s College, Santa Fe
  128. Jeff Rickey, Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, St. Lawrence University
  129. Pamela Holsinger-Fuchs, Dean of Enrollment, St. Martin’s University
  130. Chris George, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, St. Olaf College
  131. Byron W. Lewis, Interim Dean of Admission, Southern Methodist University
  132. Madeleine Eagon Rhyneer, Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing, Susquehanna University
  133. Jim Bock, Vice President and Dean of Admissions, Swarthmore College  
  134. Maurice A. Harris, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Syracuse University
  135. Heath Einstein, Interim Dean of Admission, Texas Christian University
  136. M. Dolan Evanovich, Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Planning, The Ohio State University
  137. Stephen Lazowski, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Thiel College
  138. Scott J. Goplin, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Trine University
  139. Angel B. Perez, Vice President of Enrollment and Student Success, Trinity College
  140. Eric Maloof, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Trinity University (TX)
  141. Matt Malatesta, Vice President for Admissions, Financial Aid and Enrollment, Union College
  142. Walter Anthony Robinson, Associate Vice Chancellor, University of California, Davis
  143. James G. Nondorf, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Advancement and Dean of College Admissions and Financial Aid, University of Chicago
  144. Rob Durkle, Associate Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, University of Dayton
  145. Christopher H. Lucier, Vice President for Enrollment Management, University of Delaware
  146. Robert D. Broshous, Dean of Admission, University of Dubuque
  147. Zina Evans, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Associate Provost, University of Florida
  148. Jared Cash, Vice President for Enrollment, University of Maine at Farmington
  149. Barbara Gill, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, University of Maryland
  150. Dale Bittinger, Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Admissions, Orientation, and School Partnerships, UMBC - University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  151. Kedra Ishop, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, University of Michigan  
  152. Rachelle Hernandez, Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, Director of Admissions, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  153. Scott Steinberg, Dean of University Admissions, University of New England
  154. Stephen M. Farmer, Vice Provost for Enrollment and Undergraduate Admissions, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  155. Don Bishop, Associate Vice President, Undergraduate Enrollment, University of Notre Dame
  156. Robert J. Thompson, Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management, University of Oregon
  157. Eric J. Furda, Dean of Admissions, University of Pennsylvania
  158. Jonathan Burdick, Dean of College Admission and Vice-Provost for Enrollment Initiatives, University of Rochester
  159. Donald Heller, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, University of San Francisco
  160. Lee Ann Backlund, Vice President for Enrollment Planning & Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, University of the South/Sewanee
  161. Gregory Warren Roberts, Dean of Admission, University of Virginia
  162. Philip Ballinger, Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment and Undergraduate Admissions, University of Washington
  163. Dr. Jeffery T. Gates, Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, Utica College
  164. Michael M. Gaynor, Director of University Admission, Villanova University
  165. Michael Thorpe, Dean for Enrollment Management, Wabash College
  166. Martha Blevins Allman, Dean of Admissions, Wake Forest University
  167. Robert A. Adkins, Dean of Admission, Washington & Jefferson College
  168. Grant M. Gosselin, Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admission, Wheaton College of Massachusetts
  169. Tony Cabasco, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, Whitman College
  170. Thomas K. Malloy, Associate Vice President, Enrollment Management, Widener University
  171. Michael Beseda, Vice President for Enrollment and University Communications, Williamette University
  172. Richard L. Nesbitt, Director of Admission, Williams College
  173. Mary Ann Naso, Vice President for Enrollment, Wilson College
  174. Kristin R. Tichenor, Senior Vice President, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  175. Jeremiah Quinlan, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Yale University

Academic Endorsers

  1. Jacob Murray, Faculty Director for Professional Education, Boston University School of Education
  2. Roger P. Weissberg, Board Vice Chair and Chief Knowledge Officer of CASEL and Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago
  3. Donald Hossler, Senior Scholar, Center For Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice at USC Rossier School of Education
  4. Mandy Savitz-Romer, Senior Lecturer & Director of Prevention Science and Practice and CAS in Counseling Programs, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  5. Howard Gardner, Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  6. James Ryan, Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  7. Judith McLaughlin, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  8. Richard Weissbourd, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  9. Stephanie Jones, Associate Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  10. Denise Pope, Senior Lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Education and Co-Founder of Challenge Success  
  11. James Youniss, Professor, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
  12. Joseph A. Soares, Department Chair and Professor of Sociology, Wake Forest University

Allied Organizations

  1. Claire Leheny, Executive Director, AISNE, The Association of Independent Schools in New England
  2. Becky Sipos, President and CEO, Character.org
  3. Lloyd Thacker, President, Education Conservancy  
  4. Abigail Falik, Founder & CEO, Global Citizen Year  
  5. Vicki Zakrzewski, Education Director, Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley
  6. Bill Jackson, Founder, President & CEO, GreatSchools
  7. Independent School Health Association
  8. Celia Trigo Bessore, National Association of Hispanic Nurses
  9. National Association of Independent Schools
  10. Jonathan Cohen, President, National School Climate Center
  11. MacKenzie Moritz, Chief of Staff and Chief Partnerships Officer, Service Year Alliance
  12. Noah Bopp, Founder and Head of School, The School for Ethics and Global Leadership

High Schools

  1. Jeff Young, Superintendent, Cambridge Public Schools
  2. Matt Micciche, Head of School, Friends School of Baltimore
  3. Horace Mann School
  4. Randall Dunn, Head of School, Latin School of Chicago
  5. Todd Bland, Head of School, Milton Academy
  6. Rod Skinner, Director of College Counseling, Milton Academy
  7. James Parker, Principal, Plaza Vista School
  8. Michael J. Roe, Principal, Poly High School
  9. KC Cohen, Middle and Upper School Counselor, Riverdale Country School
  10. Eric Monheim, Director of College Counseling, St. Mark’s School

 

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It's time to say, "Enough."

Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good through College Admissions marks the first time in history that a broad coalition of college admissions offices have joined forces to collectively encourage high school students to focus on meaningful ethical and intellectual engagement. The report includes concrete recommendations to reshape the college admissions process and promote greater ethical engagement among aspiring students, reduce excessive achievement pressure, and level the playing field for economically disadvantaged students. It is the first step in a two-year campaign that seeks to substantially reshape the existing college admissions process. 

The report includes concrete recommendations in three core areas:

  1. Promoting more meaningful contributions to others, community service and engagement with the public good. 
  2. Assessing students’ ethical engagement and contributions to others in ways that reflect varying types of family and community contributions across race, culture and class. 
  3. Redefining achievement in ways that both level the playing field for economically diverse students and reduce excessive achievement pressure. 

Read the executive summary →
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