College Unranked: Ending the College Admissions Frenzy

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Lloyd Thacker
Harvard University Press, 2005 - Education - 205 pages

Stressed and sleepless, today's high school students race from school to activities in their most competitive game of all: admission to a top-ranked, prestigious university. But is relying on magazine rankings and a vague sense of "prestige" really the best way to choose a college? Is hiring test prep teachers and consultants really the best way to shape your own education?

In this book, edited by a veteran admissions counselor, a passionate advocate for students, the presidents and admission deans of leading colleges and universities--like Dartmouth, Vanderbilt, Harvard--remind readers that college choice and admission are a matter of fit, not of winning a prize, and that many colleges are "good" in different ways. They call for bold changes in admissions policies and application strategies, to help both colleges and applicants to rediscover what college is really for. It's not just a ticket to financial success, but a once-in-a-lifetime chance to explore new worlds of knowledge.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Time Out or Burn Out for the Next Generation
22
Sanity Check
35
Editors Stories I
55
Our Numbers Are Up Is That Good?
59
Faked Figures Make Fools of Us
68
The Rank Lyrics of the Sirens Song
78
Editors Stories II
86
The Status Game
102
Editors Stories III
121
Thoughts from an Admission Officer Mother
129
Knowledge for Its Own Sake
133
Editors Stories IV
146
You Are Important and You Can Take Control
155
Listening to What Matters 16 1
161
Acknowledgments
203

Discerning Intrinsic Talents in
96

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About the author (2005)

A thirty-year veteran of the college admission and college counseling professions, Lloyd Thacker is Executive Director of The Education Conservancy.

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