The Harvard Graduate School of Education’s January 2016 proposal to overhaul the college admissions process addresses what many of us already know: the college application process favors applicants with resources to create compelling applications. The proposal calls for a revamp of the college application process to make it more favorable to applicants from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. The proposal calls for:
This proposal is making national news, but do not let it distract you. Applicants must still demonstrate value to college admissions officers to earn admission in a hyper competitive environment. Admissions officers will continue to assess an applicant’s SAT scores, high school transcript, extracurricular activities and personal statements to measure the value they will bring to their college. The more value an applicant can bring to a college, the more likely she will earn admission to that college.