Lies, Damned Lies, and College Admissions

By Steve Cohen The media should stop ranking schools. College-application season is shifting into high gear, and with it comes anxiety and abuses—on both sides of the admissions desk. Some wealthy parents will pay private counselors more than $40,000 for “tweaking” their kids’ essays, on the implicit promise that these consultants have connections inside admissions offices, where many once worked. For their part, admissions directors want more applications so that they can reject a higher percentage of qualified kids. By boosting their rejection rates, they improve their school’s position in most rankings. While the current admissions system works well for a small number of colleges and over-achieving kids, for everyone else, the process is broken. Colleges, government, and the media all share in the blame. “Amen and hallelujah! Preach it, Brother Cohen!” Read the full article here: http://www.city-journal.org/2014/eon1029sc.html

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