April 16, 2009
by Kim McGrath
“No one likes what’s going on in college admissions,” said panelist Lloyd Thacker, “and we each have a role to play in improving college admissions.” Colleges have more to gain by working cooperatively than competitively. Many road marks suggest that colleges and universities are rethinking admissions processes and fighting against the commercialism of education. Increasing numbers of colleges and universities are disengaging from college rankings. More colleges are evaluating and changing aspects of their admissions processes to align with their values. Educators are developing ways to provide useful information about their colleges and universities outside of rankings. “I see these activities as pieces of a growing campaign to lend prestige to a new way of doing things and to push back against commercialism in college admissions,” Thacker said.