Saturday, June 10, 2023

perspective | Make college admissions fair, celebrating unselected college products like my fabulous new boss

He had other ideas. Preference will be given to the children of ex-students. She does not believe that applicants should get additional points for participating in sports that are mostly available to underprivileged children.

It sounded hard to me, but it may have been my middle-class upbringing. I will mourn the end of the official encouragement of a sunny afternoon playing tennis or softball.

Federal courts are approaching the day when the usual methods of selecting college applicants can be replaced by accepting different races. The same proportion was found in the applicant pool. In the future schools may have to accept students based on reading and math test scores as the only quantitative measures of academic ability.

we will see. What bothers me most about our current obsession with college admissions is that it overlooks the fantastic power that those new entrants actually have when they arrive on campus, no matter what. . They get off the bus, go to the parking lot or say goodbye to their parents. Suddenly they are free. Whatever be the college, their choices are many. They start a life of new friends, new interests, love, talk and who knows what else.

Instead of trying so hard to regularize how students are admitted, we can consider why American colleges, both well-known and obscure, work so well for so many. Even some of America’s biggest adversaries, such as Chinese leader Xi Jinping, have been unable to resist enrolling their children on American campuses to soak up their depth and diversity.

We Americans should celebrate more than the many successful people coming out of colleges that don’t receive top rankings from U.S. News and World Report and reject the vast majority of their applicants.

Here at The Washington Post is our first female executive editor, Sally Buzby. Lastly, it’s nice to have a woman running a newsroom, but I haven’t seen anyone mention anything specific about her background. No one in that big job has graduated from an unselected college like him.

Here are the executive editors I worked for, and the latest acceptance rates at their alma maters: Ben Bradley (Harvard, 5 percent), Leonard Downey Jr. (Ohio State, 68 percent), Marcus Brachley (Columbia, 6 percent) and Martin Barron (Leigh, 50 Cent). Some of those places aren’t so selective, but Buzby beat them by a wide margin with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas. In 2020 it accepted 91 percent of its applicants.

Seventy-four percent of American college students go to public institutions, many of them underrepresented like KU with 28,000 students. Many of them have great potential in undergraduates, as did Buzby. Public campuses also include community colleges like Pasadena City College, which is just off East Del Mar Boulevard from my home. PCC has 25,000 students. Its alumni include Jackie Robinson, Kenny Loggins, Octavia E. Butler and Jaime Escalante.

Klein in the Los Angeles Times is right to be concerned about unfairness in select college admissions. But why not stop to thank the youth for the excitement they get in the rush schools? They are usually located in college towns or neighborhoods that are full of books and music and jammed at night. They have their own brilliant professors, raucous dorm debates and deaf Saturday night basketball games. All that enriches American culture. Drive through Davis, Calif., Tuscaloosa, Ala., Grand Forks, ND, Burlington VT, or Lawrence, Kan., and see what I mean.

People like my new boss who come from more welcoming educational institutions will often be smarter than me and, I suspect, will be more than happy to help me improve my job. They may not have gone to the most selective schools, but what does it matter?

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