Busting the Myth of College Admissions

Kevin Carey, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Apr 18, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

If only students got better information about college success rates, writes Kevin Carey. Then they would not be applying at inappropriate schools and the problems of low admission rates and high tuition wouldn't be issues. If only more people knew about the financial aid available at elite schools like Harvard or Yale. Then they 94 percent rejection rate wouldn't be a chronic embarrassment. Crock. It's not like getting more information out to students will lead Harvard (say) to enrol more low-income students; the new low-income earners will simply push out other low-income earners. And steering students away from liberal arts colleges and toward business schools won't increase their ROI, it will simply relocate the enrolment crunch. Carey would have readers believe the real problem is one of consumer information. But that's just a fiction, a free-market fantasy.
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