Tag: Admissions Standards

Big City: Stop Fixating on One Elite High School. There Are Bigger Problems.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] This week came the very dispiriting news that despite years of agonized debate over how to diversify New York City’s specialized high schools, only a small percentage of black and Latino children gained admission to them for the upcoming […]

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A Supposed Stickler for the Rules, Now at the Center of a U.S.C. Scandal

LOS ANGELES — Ron Allice, the track and field coach at the University of Southern California, assumed bad news was on the way when Donna Heinel summoned him to her office back in 2011. He was right. Heinel, the athletic department administrator who functioned as a gatekeeper over whether recruited athletes could find a spot […]

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Stuyvesant Has 29 Black Students Out of 3,300. How Do They Feel?

Sarai Pridgen had just gotten home from debate practice on Monday evening when she opened her laptop to find her Facebook feed flooded with stories about a staggering statistic: only seven black students had been admitted into Stuyvesant High School, out of 895 spots. The number was causing a wrenching citywide discussion about race and […]

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The Argument: Is Trump Causing White Terrorism?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher This week on “The Argument,” is President Trump partly to blame for white supremacist attacks like the New Zealand mosque shooting? Michelle Goldberg argues that the president bridges racist ideology and the internet’s nihilistic […]

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As College Consulting Expands, Are High School Counselors Advocates or Adversaries?

High school counselors are often students’ biggest advocates, whether guiding teenagers through depression or the stress of SAT tests and college essays. But in the federal investigation of corrupt admissions practices unveiled last week, some were seen as obstacles to be pushed aside. The F.B.I. affidavit revealed how wealthy parents and William Singer, a private […]

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U.S.C. Freezes Accounts of Students Connected with Admissions Scandal

The University of Southern California said late Monday it had blocked students who may be associated with the college admissions scandal from registering for classes while the school reviews their cases. “Following the review,” school officials posted on Twitter, “we will take the proper action related to their status, up to revoking admission or expulsion.” […]

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Admissions Scandal Stokes Hard Questions on Recruited Athletes

A dozen years ago, the University of Washington barred athletic coaches from having contact with anyone in the admissions department. With a move that now seems prescient, administrators sought to allay any concerns that coaches could put undue pressure on admissions personnel, while also bringing more oversight to athletics, in this case through a committee […]

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How Not to Be a Snowplow Parent

Many of us watched the college bribery scandal unfold last week as a kind of nationally televised master class in how not to parent a teenager. But even many well-intentioned parents fall into some of the same patterns as the wealthy parents charged in the case: removing obstacles to ensure that their children don’t have […]

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The Conversation: The Kids Aren’t All Right

Gail Collins: Bret, as always we’ve got a lot to talk about. The mass shooting in New Zealand, of course. But perhaps we can get started with something less painful. Everybody’s been talking about that college admissions scandal. What’s your take? Bret Stephens: We definitely should get to talking about the terrorism in Christchurch, not […]

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Only 7 Black Students Got Into N.Y.’s Most Selective High School, Out of 895 Spots

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Only a tiny number of black students were offered admission to the highly selective public high schools in New York City on Monday, raising the pressure on officials to confront the decades-old challenge of integrating New York’s elite public […]

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How to Find Trustworthy College Admissions Advice

The uneven playing field for college admissions was exposed last week when the Justice Department charged that wealthy parents had paid astronomical sums in the college bribery case to assure their children’s spots at top colleges. As news reports in the wake of the case made clear, there are also many legal ways to influence […]

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The Cruel Irony of ‘Free’ College Promises

For the past week, America’s fleeting attention span has been captured by the sprawling college admission bribery scandal unveiled by the Justice Department, sparking talk of how untold numbers of the wealthy and famous use fraud to get special treatment for their children, in a supposedly meritocratic system. The revelation of this particular scheme comes […]

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‘Pied Piper’ of College Admissions Scam Had All the Answers

He was part coach, part therapist, part motivational speaker and part name dropper. Like a traveling salesman, he sought out clients near and far, selling dreams of prosperous futures. In central Illinois, William Singer made a passionate pitch to local business executives who came by invitation to a hotel meeting room. In Sacramento, he addressed […]

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‘I Put My Work In’: Honest College Applicants Await Their Fates

The college application process, for those staying within the rules, is one long and maddening lesson in the limits of control. Study hard, make the sports team, detail the family financial situation and then … sit and wait. That this nerve-racking powerlessness could simply be bought off is among the most galling parts of the […]

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The Scandals of Meritocracy

In the last year elite college admissions has been touched by three different but related scandals. The newest one is also the most entertaining, because it includes pretend water polo players, staged standardized tests and outright bribery, all to help desperate rich people and TV stars buy their progeny into a top-flight school. The other […]

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The Moral Wages of the College Admissions Mania

I once asked a longtime guidance counselor about her least favorite part of the college admissions season, when students learn if they’ve been accepted by the schools of their dreams. She said that what pains her aren’t the rejections: There are so many of those, they’re an inevitable part of the process and the kids […]

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College Admissions: Vulnerable, Exploitable, and to Many Americans, Broken

Standardized test scores are manufactured. Transcripts are made up. High-stakes admissions decisions are issued based on fabricated extracurricular activities, ghostwritten personal essays and the size of the check written by the parents of the applicant. [The college admissions scandal has raised a lot of questions. We’ve answered them here.] American universities are often cast as […]

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