Monday, December 9

The Flawed College Admission Process — And What We Can Do About It

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Isabel Thottam

by Isabel Thottam

In March, the college admission scandal broke headway as federal prosecutors charged 50 individuals who were engaged in a criminal scheme to secure admission for their children into prestigious universities — Yale, Stanford, and Georgetown, to name a few. At the head of the scheme was a man named William Singer, a college counselor with a consulting business. He assisted the families with bribing coaches to lie about a student’s athletic status and corrupting test monitors to create false exam scores.

We’ve always known there were flaws in the college admission process, but over time not much has changed. Recent data conducted by Pew Research Center indicates that, while U.S. colleges are actually admitting more students, they are not admitting enough to keep up with the volume of applications they are receiving.  Furthermore, with more students earning A-averages and completing high school, the application process is far more competitive — which means it’s harder to distinguish between applicants.

Administrators, teachers, counselors, directors, and advisors need to be questioning whether or not the college application process is fair. More students want access to higher education, which is great, but how do we make the playing field fair for everyone who wants in? The current overall process is not working; but it’s not totally broken, either. There are areas of improvement, and some schools are already making changes. In this article, we’ll dive into the following:

  • What are the imperfections of the college admission process?
  • Whom does the current admissions process affect?
  • How can we improve or redesign the application process?

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