Frank Bruni previews a report on college admissions entitled “Turning the Tide” in today’s New York Times.
“Turning the Tide”, the work of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, examines the college admissions process and calls for serious changes in order to help level the playing field. Many educators, including representatives from the nations most competitive institutions, contributed to, or endorsed the report.
The report includes many suggestions, including less emphasis on standardized testing and a greater effort to use essays and a short list of extracurriculars to garner a truer understanding of an applicant’s background and profile. In Bruni’s column Stephen Farmer, the vice provost for enrollment and undergraduate admissions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, seems to speak for many in his field when he says “Turning the Tide” was consistent with his school’s wish “to be humbler and more alert to the many ways in which people can stake a claim on a place here.”