Monday, October 8, 2012

The New Four-Letter Word in Admissions

The new word that admissions counselors are using is “grit.” Colleges want students who have grit:

It’s as good a word as any for the determination that many educators now associate with student success. Grit, as described by some researchers, is the habit of overcoming challenges, of learning from mistakes instead of being defeated by them. One administrator described it as “that fire in the belly.”

Colleges want students with passion, curiosity, and a sense of purpose. My law school is moving in this direction, although, instead of “grit,” we talk about “leadership qualities.” Students with grit, but with slightly lower numbers may find a welcome here. Inviting promising students may not affect our US News rankings in a positive way; however, it will help us identify and  educate future leaders.

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