A recent article in Bloomberg suggests test-optional colleges and universities are talking out of both sides of their mouths because we buy the names of students who take the SAT or ACT. Inflammatory and illogical posts like this are good to drive traffic to your site, but really, doesn’t some editor owe the reading public […]
We’re at that time of the year again, when Early Decision and [insert name of application type] admissions, denials, and defers start rolling in. And with the dawn of the new calendar year comes the resultant and predictable questions: How could they turn my kid down, with her GPA and her test scores? What does it […]
I’m going to break a rule of mine. I’m going to feed a troll. There’s this guy out there, Douglas Groene. He calls himself the Pencil Nerd, as if he’s never really looked up the definition of nerd. Or perhaps he has, and thinks that wishing can change the definition of words. Or perhaps more […]
Now that we’ve begun to receive applications for 2012, a few interesting things cross my mind: First, so far, only about five percent of our applicants are choosing to apply test optional. That’s lower than I thought it would be, but perhaps it shows that people know we’ve always emphasized GPA more than test scores, […]
If you’re interested, you can view or download the presentation I gave to High School Guidance Counselors, explaining DePaul’s decision to become the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit university to eliminate an SAT or ACT requirement for freshman admission. Click here.
Anyone who knows me knows I’m not an evangelist. I’m not a persuader. I generally allow people to have their own opinions about things. If you ask me mine, I’ll tell you, or if the need is especially pressing, I may jump in. “Get the hell out of the way of that truck,” is probably good […]
I’ve been asked to remove this post, as some people think it’s too inflammatory. While I don’t think so, I’ll allow cooler heads to prevail for now. For now, suffice it to say that Ms. Cepeda’s recent article in the Sun Times was mean-spirited, wholly uninformed, and devoid of rational thinking. Other than that, it was fine. And […]
Beckie Supiano at the Chronicle of Higher Education did a nice little blog post about my other blog, where I loaded 2010 IPEDS data into a visualization. You can read it here. If you want to go right to my other blog post with the data, it’s here.
I’ve worked in higher education for almost all of my 30 years after college, but I did spend some time in for-profit companies. As a result, one of my interests is the differences between the two. I’d guess, based on my interactions in the past, that we on the not-for-profit (NFP) side understand sales people […]
In the weeks since DePaul announced that we were going “test optional” for freshman admission, I’ve received quite a few phone calls and emails with questions. Fortunately, most of them have been very positive, and many of the questions have been thoughtful and engaging. As is often the case with Internet discussions, the ones who jumped into the […]