Sunday, 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).

Colleges Love to Say No

How Success Can Backfire

To the Parents: Stop This

A Vicious Cycle

Yale Versus Jail

Overinvesting in Higher Education

Gaming the System

It's About Fit, Not Data

Four Years to Relax

The NYT just erected a paywall - if you can't access the stories, try this.


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