Admissions Revolution

Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, Sept 28, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I find this interesting - from my perspective it looks like an effort by U.S. colleges to reassert their position with respect to learning and credentials. Here are the major elements of the initiative:

  • a high school student portfolio started in grade 9
  • portfolio-based interaction with high school students
  • a new application system that departs from the existing common application system (ie., each college will now ask its own set of questions)

Why do this? We are told that the existing system "has lost its ability to help students and colleges find a good match" But it could also be because "CollegeNet last year filed an antitrust lawsuit against the Common Application."

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