What If . . .

I daydream a lot. I’m blessed to have a scenic office view from second-floor windows that look out on grass, woods, and—especially this autumn—some of the most spectacular Technicolor foliage I’ve ever seen.  Trust me; a window with a view inspires daydreaming. So, I got to pondering America’s higher education process—what it offers and its…

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Ivy Chess Set

Here’s an encouraging item: TRENTON, N.J.  —  David Wang is a young man who’s clearly going places. The Princeton University sophomore is gifted with a brilliant mind, a movie-star smile and an understated self-confidence. Kelvin Washington is a middle-aged man who’s not going anywhere for the next 44 years. He’s a career criminal who has…

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Rejection Letter Ambiguity

I’ve dealt with a lot of college applicants over the decades.  Most have been happy and successful in their results, but some have been KO’d by the dreaded thin envelope.  College admissions is a test.  It tests whether or not the applicant can hurdle the bar to get in.  Many don’t.  That’s especially true at…

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Bait and Switch: College Style

Anyone out there know a high school junior or senior who got a nice, warm, engaging letter from Harvard?  These letters, after a convincing pitch about the joys of Harvard (hey, who needs convincing, right?), usually encourage the high schooler to apply to this prestigious institution, failing to mention the annual single-digit overall acceptance rate…

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Left Out

This falls into the category of “Things that make you go ‘Hmm’.”  A March 2005 article by Washington Post staff writer, Paul Kurtz, entitled “College Faculties A Most Liberal Lot, Study Finds” poses one primary question in my mind: Why? Here’s the key text:

Three Predictions

As Ronald Reagan once said, borrowing an Al Jolson line, ‘Stay tuned; you ain’t seen nothing yet!”  I’m talking about the future of college life here in America.  The Big Economic Meltdown is going to effect a sea change, just you wait and see. How?  Here are three predictions from the Berry Institute for Advanced…

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Early Action Admissions Agony

The Early Action results for MIT and Yale came out last night.  I followed some of the results from posters on the College Confidential discussion forum.  If you’re pondering applying to either of these two (or other Ivy or “elite”) schools, you should take a look at the profiles of these applicants and their respective…

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Applying You to Your Application Essays

There are two sides to every story, they say.  I say there are two sides to every application essay: (1) your side and (2) the college’s side.  The New York Times Magazine ran an essay contest inspired by Rick Perlstein’s essay, “What’s the Matter With College.”  The 600 or so responses cover some interesting ground….

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