May 11, 2011

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION on the undergraduate admissions process: What the admissions deans say about this year, as things wind down, students make their final decisions, wait lists are wound up.  Someone mentioned that professors don’t really take an interest in the business model of the higher education business until they have a college-applying kid.  That’s exactly right in my case; I’m paying attention now.  The CHE does a good job of covering the business model, remarkably neutrally given that it is an industry newspaper.  But far and away the most useful book for parents in the throes is Andrew Ferguson’s Crazy U.  As he says, there is nothing in the life of a teenager that the college admissions process does not corrupt.

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