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by Lloyd Thacker

ISBN: 0674019776
ISBN13: 978-0674019775
Language: English
Publisher: Harvard University Press (September 30, 2005)
Pages: 224
Category: Schools and Teaching
Subategory: Learning

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Ending the College Admissions Frenzy.

Ending the College Admissions Frenzy. They call for bold changes in admissions policies and application strategies, to help both colleges and applicants to rediscover what college is really for.

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Essays from Admissions Reps and High School Counselors, compiled by Lloyd Thacker. Mr. Thacker has led the opposition to rankings, like those of US News and World Report, for years. He believes it's a lousy way for students and parents to choose a college. I met Mr. Thacker at the Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions, where he was the keynote speaker, and was impressed with his passion for making this process "more manageable, more productive, and more educationally appropriate. He founded the Education Conservancy, an admission reform movement.

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College Unranked: Ending the College Admissions Frenzy Paperback. This book contains all of the critical information, both quantitative and qualitative, about the best public honors programs in America. The book is invaluable to parents and students wanting to learn about the different features of each program.

Stevens, Mitchell L. Creating a Class: College Admissions and the Education of Elites. Thacker, Lloyd, ed. College Unranked: Ending the College Admissions Frenzy. Harvard University Press, 2007. Harvard University Press, 2004.

Lloyd Thacker’s College Unranked: Ending the College Admissions Frenzy (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2005), for example, convincingly demonstrates many of the dangers of the college ranking system

Lloyd Thacker’s College Unranked: Ending the College Admissions Frenzy (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2005), for example, convincingly demonstrates many of the dangers of the college ranking system. There is also a growing level of discontent with US News and World Report’s annual college rankings issue including efforts to boycott it, spearheaded by Thacker’s foundation, the Education Conservancy.

Thacker, Lloyd (2005). Ferguson, Andrew (2012). Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course in Getting His Kid into College. The End of College Admissions As We Know It. The Washington Monthly. Fox, Jenifer (2009) The High Cost of a Brand Name College.

In your book, College Unranked, you also deplore enrollment management consultants, who advise colleges about things like how to attract more applicants. Schools want more applicants so they can turn down more applicants. Selectivity is a factor in the rankings. So if a school decided to reject every single applicant one year, its rank would rise? Correct. The business model is making a funnel, which means trying to get as many people as possible interested in a product and only selling it to a few. Campus dining has been commercialized as well.

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.

Comments:
Pooker
Very informative, info not available elsewhere.

Мох
I do not understand why this book does not get more press and is not in greater circulation. It is incredible. It puts parents and students on a path of calm. They can determine what their needs are in a school and go about finding a set of schools that meet those needs. Bravo, I loved it.

Onaxan
Arrived in great condition!

MEGA FREEDY
As an Admission counselor this book helped me to develop professionally. The perspective allows students - and parents - it get a better sense of the admission systems that they will encounter. And, more importantly, to give then the tools to create personal ranking criteria.

Westened
There were no surprises with this transaction. The book was as described and arrived in the expected time frame. Would buy again from this seller without any hesitation.

Skillet
This is not a book for parents trying to determine the right college choice for their kids. It is a collection of essays from people in the industry that might be interesting to others in the industry but not so helpful when seeking out the right fit of college for your college applicant.

Ventelone
This is a strong series of essays from a variety of college and admissions officials decrying the growth of commercialization and media attention attached to the college admissions process. The essays take on a variety of tones, from personal anecdotes to statistic data from national studies. Some (most) of the arguments are strong and rely on common sense, though some of the essays report hearsay or data from unnamed sources that make their arguments slightly less than credible.

Overall, all the hand-wringing in this work is mildly effective, and should be read by students and parents who are worried about the college admissions game. The essays work to provide methods for escaping the 'frenzy' of the admissions process, and provide generally solid reasons for doing so.

"Nobody likes what's going on in college admissions---not students, not parents, not college presidents and not deans."

- Lee Pelton, President of Willamette University (quoted in College Unranked)

So, what has happened to college admission? Have the ranksters, the testers, the branders, the marketers, the dot.coms, etc. taken over? How did we let it happen? And what, if anything, can we do about it? Well folks, there is hope, and hope has come in the form of a book and an organization.

College Unranked is more than a book; it is a call to action to all who care about education. The book is the first tangible contribution of the Education Conservancy (educationconservancy.org), a non-profit organization that is "committed to helping students, counselors, and colleges overcome commercial interference in college admissions." All proceeds from the book support the work of the Education Conservancy.

College Unranked is a collection of 20 essays all by college presidents, deans, directors, and others in admissions and higher education. The editor, Lloyd Thacker, wrote the introduction, four sets of "Editor's Stories," and the summary and recommendations. The theme of the book, which runs through the essays, is that "Commercialism's intrusion into college admission has transformed a uniquely American educational experience into a problematic American commercial exercise." This is not, however, a nostalgic look at the "good ol' days," it is full of practical wisdom that can affect what we do today.

Thacker and his essayists are doing more than just asking us to think outside the box; they are asking us to throw out the box completely; the box in which colleges are branded and students are packaged, where colleges are ranked and students are measured. A frequent and deserving target in the essays is the U.S.News rankings---"Complicity [with U.S.News] is a disservice to our students and prospective students, and it helps distort various public policy issues affecting higher education (Adams in College Unranked)." It is important to note that while essayists criticize industry icons, they also put responsibility on those who are compliant as well. While some of the stakeholders are more to blame than others, we are all feeding the problem at some level or, at the very least, our complacency is allowing it to continue.

It is difficult to present a book that can be read with equal interest by admissions personnel, secondary school counselors, parents, and students; but College Unranked has done it. While some outside the profession might not care about or grasp some of the "trade talk" in the essays, there is not enough of it to turn off these readers. This is not a "how to get in" book, it's a book about how to do it right. Parents and students are challenged to take responsibility as well and are given the tools and the advice to help them do so.

Those of us who agree that "Something is wrong with college admissions---something wrong enough to care about, to discuss, and to change (Thacker in College Unranked)" now have a flag to rally around.

"Let us all---counselors, students and parents---reclaim the college selection and admission processes a form of education rather than a form of commercialism (Ballinger, p. 175)." Quixotic? Maybe. But also visionary, optimistic, and crucial. Individual lament can become collective action. We won't know if it will work unless we give it a try. Let's give it a try.

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