Goucher College will accept video applications in lieu of the traditional essays and test scores.
Some consider a post-affirmative action America a triumph of post-racialism, some view it as the prelude to a racial apocalypse, and still others fall somewhere in the middle. Whether you are for or against it, the future of affirmative action is questionable at best. While it's true that certain sectors of our society such as business and higher education continue to support the practice, it's less popular among the general public.
The spring of my senior year of high school one of my teachers asked everyone in class to share where they'd been accepted to college. I was thrilled that I'd been accepted at my dream school, Northwestern University, but it turned out that a white classmate who'd applied there hadn't gotten in. Although I was acing my honors and AP courses and had stellar SAT scores, I suddenly found myself in the middle of a class debate over whether I had been accepted at Northwestern solely because I was black. The student who hadn't been accepted complained that I'd probably taken her spot at the school.
The number of students taking Advanced Placement exams is up, but according to the latest report from the College Board, a significant numbers of students that should be taking AP tests aren’t. They analyzed the performance of 771,000 PSAT-takers from the class of 2011 and discovered that 478,000 students—over 60 percent—did not take an AP exam even though their test scores indicated they could do well on one. In particular, the College Board found that high scoring students from black, Latino, and Native American backgrounds are "much less likely than their white and Asian peers" to take AP exams.
Acceptly provides an organized one-stop hub for college prep tools and resources, tips for getting in, and connections to college admissions experts. Although the site is primarily designed for students, parents can also sign up their high schoolers. To test it out, I told the app that I'm a junior at the high school in my Los Angeles neighborhood. The first question it prompted me to answer was "What colleges am I considering?" I typed in three choices and I was immediately taken to a dashboard that clearly laid out "to-dos"—the steps you need to take to get into your dream schools.
Deep Springs doubles as a working ranch, with students working as butchers, cooks, and cowboys when they're not studying. The education students receive revolves around three pillars: labor, academics, and self governance. When they finish the two-year curriculum, the majority transfer to the most elite universities in the country. It's a close-knit community, which is why it may be surprising to some that the push to go coed came from the students themselves.