Sharing some of my pictures taken at American University in Washington DC. Beautiful campus and students can take advantage of all the DC has to offer, including concerts, art, food, and of course, internships!
From columnist Brennan Barnard, history and trends in college rankings. "The anti-ranking train is leaving the station and colleges and universities who want to be on the right side of history are wise to hop on. What is it going to take? "
Photo above of Colorado College, taken by Joan Stern
The latest news about applications at the University of California and more specifically, UC Berkeley.
UC Receives Record In-State Applications by the Daily Cal
As high school seniors await their college admission decisions, I wanted to share this blog entry from Rick Clark, Assistant Vice Provost and Executive Director of Undergraduate Admission at Georgia Tech. So many important ideas in this, especially the ending:
"My hope is you won’t lose sight of the long game either. This fall “where you got in” will be a brief mention in a passing conversation, rather than a bragging point. “Where you didn’t get in” or chose not to go will accompany a shoulder shrug or a casual laugh or perhaps a “their loss.” How you show up to college (I.e., prepared academically, mentally and physically healthy, and demonstrating that confidence and contentment we just discussed) is far more important than where you end up going. "
Nobody Loves February
Time to get back to posting relevant articles and information! This opinion article, written by Jon Boeckenstedt of Oregon State University, highlights the leadership and influence of College Board, owners of the SAT, PSAT, and AP curriculum. If you are a student who took the PSAT last year, this article will answer the question about why you are suddenly receiving so many emails from colleges! (Photo below of the University of Texas, Austin, taken by Joan Stern and not related to this article)
College Board and the Florida African American AP Curriculum
Here's another important blog from Rick Clark at Georgia Tech. US News released their latest rankings this past Monday, but rankings aren't what they seem to be! So many other considerations for students as they develop their college lists.
Top 3 Reasons NOT to Trust Rankings
Here is the final installment of the three-part series from Brennan Barnard and Forbes. This article discusses the data that should be made available to students and families as they research and decide to which colleges the student wants to apply. " In an age of information overload and creative “massaging” of data, it is incumbent upon colleges and universities to continue to seek approaches that better represent the value and experience of education on their campuses. Systematically we need to standardize the delivery of this information in equitable, logical, and comprehensible ways. Meanwhile, students and those who support them must look beyond facile averages that a basic web search will produce and demand better from the institutions of which day hope to be part. After all, “knowledge is power.”
Be A College Admission Data Scientist
The second article in a three-part series about college admission from Brennan Barnard. This article discusses the wealth of data that's available to students, families, and colleges. It's important to know the source of the information and its credibility as you are doing your research. The US Department of Education College Scorecard is one site I use frequently, along with the Common Data Sets (CDS) from each college.
College Admissions: Who Knows What? From Forbes
Brennan Barnard, education writer and college counselor, shares information about college rankings and information overload in the world of admissions. From Angel Perez, CEO of the National Association for College Admission Counseling: “We need to do a better job of centralizing college admission advice in just a few places where students can turn to for quality, trusted, information. Students are currently overwhelmed with information overload. It’s too much.”
This is the first of a three-part series.
College Admission: Data, Transparency, and Match
From one of my favorite college admission writers and Forbes magazine, a thoughtful article about choices and college decisions. So many important ideas here, including: "College can be transformative in many ways, but it is what you make it and the power of this experience, as he points out, is not about the one school you choose. It is more dependent on the approach you take once you are there and how you engage with the opportunities around you." Seniors, juniors and parents ...please take a few minutes to read this article.
The College Admission Paradox: Opportunity and Choice
From CNN Health, an important article on how parents can help their kids through the college planning and admission process. So many tips here, including "What research has shown — but our ego and anxieties can obscure — is that the prestige of the college a student attends is not necessarily a direct indicator of their success in life." Focus on fit, rather than the college's name.
CNN Health A Top-Ranked College May Not Be Best for Your Kid
As college decisions come in this month, I have to agree with writer Jeff Selingo that the college admissions process is in need of change. Please read this thoughtful article by someone who closely follows college admissions. www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/03/change-college-acceptance-application-process/627581/?utm_source=copy-link&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=share
Here is a scholarship opportunity for high achieving seniors who also are involved in their communities. The application is due September 10
Byron Cameron Education Foundation
Another thoughtful article from Brennan Barnard, this one about strategies and resources to help students understand what is important to them as they develop their college lists. If you have a chance to visit campuses, "don't be passive." Ask questions, talk to a variety of individuals other than your tour guide, and make a note of what impressed you.
The College Admission Double Standard, by Brennan Barnard
Several organizations, including the National Association for College Admission Counseling, have asked US News to remove SAT and ACT as a criteria within their rankings. ""Using average scores of incoming students to rank an institution has never made sense, but is even more preposterous during a deadly pandemic."
Inside Higher Ed: Groups as US News to Exclude SAT and ACT