Thursday, April 30, 2015

Beyond the College App Essay: "Where else are you applying to college?"

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The Common Application organization revealed a new application question last week  - not an essay prompt, but an actual question - that's been kicking up dust in higher education circles.
This is from my latest Huffington Post blog post, "Not Just the College App Essay: 'Where Else Are You Applying?'" about the new question the Common Application organization will be asking on behalf of some member colleges and universities this coming season - 2015-16 - and what it might mean for you. 
"Many of us feel the college app process isn't complicated or stressful enough (NOT!), so the good people at the Common Application, which creates and oversees the application you love so much (NOT!), recently announced a new question for the upcoming season that has sparked a lot of debate.
"According to an article, "Inappropriate Question?" in Inside Higher Ed, "The Common Application is planning to let colleges add a question for applicants that some admissions leaders believe is unethical and will encourage more gaming of the admissions process. The question: Where else are you applying?" It's not clear yet whether all colleges will ask this on their Common App supplements and/or whether the question will be optional, and how clearly students will understand that it's optional, if it is. In other words, will the question be posed in such a way that students will feel pressure to answer it and to understand what it might reveal? As of this writing, we don't know the answers to these questions." READ MORE
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