April 3, 2011
Do lower acceptance rates at elite colleges reflect USNWR "gaming?"
A brief article from Friday's New York Times points out that elite college acceptance rates are at an all-time low. For instance, Stanford "received 34,348 applications and accepted only 7.07 percent of those applicants. The rate was 26 percent a quarter-century ago and 62 percent 50 years ago." What accounts for this? Are there more qualified candidates today than a generation ago or is this the result of schools gaming their selectivity figures in order to raise their USNWR rankings? The Times asked several educators to weigh-in and below are links to their opinions (hint: several suggest the ease of electronic applications coupled with schools who encourage more students to apply in order to boost selectivity figures are the reasons).
The NYT just erected a paywall - if you can't access the stories, try this.
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