How Bloomberg Got it Wrong

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 […]

Admission is Easy; Denial is Hard

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 […]

Am I an Activist? Gasp!

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 […]

A Response to Esther Cepeda

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 […]

Fun with Admissions Data

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.

How to sell to Not-for-Profits

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 […]

More on Going “Test-Optional”

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 […]