Wake Forest University

January 2013

Rethinking Admissions

Continuing the Conversation

Archive for January, 2013

What If College Admissions Was Modeled After the NFL?

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

In an increasingly competitive college landscape, there’s a growing push for colleges to employ methods that could reduce the cutthroat nature of the competition among all parties involved. This isn’t to suggest that all competition is bad, but that perhaps there is a more cooperative means by which the goals of seeking and providing higher education can be met.

Look at the NFL. Part of the League’s success stems from common “admissions” practices, shared resources, and other standardization measures like salary caps that allow for equal competition between franchises, regardless of the market or other factors. In his new research paper, Dr. Jerome A. Lucido suggests that colleges might serve a more productive function in society [if they were to adopt similar philosophies]. Additionally, they might begin to reconsider notions about the most effective ways to educate young people – instead of the often narrow focus toward improving in the rankings. He later goes on to make parallels between SAT test prep services and PEDs that serve to enhance candidates’ credentials.

The Chronicle’s Eric Hoover discusses more of this unexpected relationship that exists.

The Meaning of Merit

Friday, January 18th, 2013

As college admissions officers continue the search to find meaningful metrics to evaluate students, the definition of ‘merit’ has transformed. With less emphasis on standardized tests, admissions processes have become increasingly more subjective, opening themselves to greater legal scrutiny. In light of ongoing affirmative action proceedings, college administrators have joined forces with lawyers to restructure admissions policies to include broader descriptions of merit. Insider Higher Ed takes a deeper look at this evolving process.



Keeping Track of Campus Visitors

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

The campus tour is one of the most important aspects of the search process as it facilitates an unmediated experience by which prospective students (and parents) examine various colleges. For the colleges, it provides an even greater opportunity to lure students in through documentation of the visit as well as continued correspondence throughout the admissions process. With several thousand visitors annually, how can colleges monitor who comes to campus?

QR Codes.

The Chronicle details how this technology is making it easier for colleges to manage these relationships (and data) with only a mere scan from your smartphone.

How to Choose a College

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

With college admissions deadlines finally in your rear-view mirror, hopefully you’re feeling content about the schools to which you applied. Consider the criteria you used in finalizing your list of colleges. Your major, the size, opportunities to study abroad and conduct research were probably among the many traits that attracted you to these colleges. For others still, diversity, job placement, and overall rankings are the most important factors. The New York Times provides a host of other consideration students might use in determining the right fit. So what’s right for you?