It’s always gratifying when research backs up what you’ve been personally experiencing. And the research comes from Harvard, no less! Last year Harvard released the report, Turning the Tide. Their research shows that college admission practices are damaging our children and are harmful to society. And the press responded favorably, giving them a lot of positive press coverage for the report….
It’s an understatement to say that admission to Stanford is competitive. The acceptance rate is less than 5%. But that college application stress caused by these admission requirements is harmful to students and society is less well known, even after all the good press Harvard University got for its report, Turning the Tide.
At Stanford University, Challenge Success has been trying for a decade to highlight the corrosive educational policies driven by college application requirements. They provide research and information to help parents and high schools alleviate college application stress.
But in spite of this research at their own institutions, Harvard and Stanford continue to use the same admission criteria. It follows that they hold the opinion that while these requirements may be harmful to most students, the elite students they admit to their own universities are up to the competition and experience no harmful effects. But is this true?…
It’s no secret, admission to the top universities in the United States is very, very competitive. But the fact that these admission requirements are detrimental to students and society is less well known, even after all the good press Harvard University got for its report, Turning the Tide.
At Stanford University, Challenge Success has been trying for a decade to highlight these corrosive educational policies and help parents and high schools alleviate the detrimental effects.
But has either university taken the advice of their own experts and changed their admission requirements?
In spite of the evidence that the current college admission requirements are harmful to students’ well-being, Harvard is not alone in their admission requirements. You can see the same values reflected in the Stanford admission requirements.
Last year, Harvard made headlines announcing that the current college admission process is detrimental to students and society. The report called for radical change in college admission selection criteria. In my last post,”Is Harvard “turning the tide” in admissions to Ivy League schools?” I looked to see if there was any evidence that Harvard is taking any steps to change college applications in their own admission process.
Unfortunately, aside from some changes in some essay topics, they are not.
Cynically, I wasn’t surprised. I noticed one tiny, but significant, detail on the website where I read their report, Turning the Tide, even, before I looked up Harvard’s current admission application information….
Harvard got a lot of positive press last year when it announced its report, Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern For Others And The Common Good Through College Admissions. The Harvard Turning the Tide report found the current college admissions’ process is damaging to students. As Harvard states on its website, this report is “the first step in a two-year campaign that seeks to substantially reshape the existing college admissions process.” One year in on a two year campaign, has the Harvard admission process changed?
Most of the United States feels like our current education system is still working. Maybe it’s not as good when they were in school, or maybe it’s better, but it’s still good. Kids in their neighborhood are still graduating from high school and getting into college.
“Good” colleges, in fact. (Whatever a “good” college means.)
But if you’re familiar with research, such as that presented in Most Likely to Succeed, you are aware that the world of work is changing, and changing at a rapid pace. The schools of today are not training students for the jobs that will be available in the future.
And if you have a top student who’s being crushed under a load of homework, you might be ready for it to change.
And change faster already before your kid graduates!…
National Merit Semifinalist PSAT score predictions
National Merit Semi-Finalist qualifying scores won’t be announced by the National Merit Corporation until the September the year after the October PSAT. The best predictor is often the scores from the previous year, but scores do go up – and sometimes down. A year is a long time to wait! So if your score is close, you can’t help but try to figure out what the National Merit qualifying score for your state might be. This will help you know if you need to prepare for the next step in the competition, like achieving a National Merit confirming SAT score.
Have National Merit PSAT scores gone up or down from 2015-2016?
Since National Merit Semi-finalist cutoffs are higher than the top 99th percentile (more like the 99.5th percentile), you can’t tell if you’re going to qualify on percentile alone. To complicate matters, the College Board publishes a National Representative Sample percentile AND a PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT/10 User National Sample (this means the population of students that age in the entire United States vs. students who actually took the test.)
To complicate it further, they publish this chart for the 1520 scale score, not the National Merit Selection Index score, the 228 score scale….
In this series of posts, I’ve been looking for proof that a liberal arts and sciences degree will improve your chances of getting a job. To start at the beginning, go back to my first post in this series, What is a liberal arts degree?
I started out by reading the information on the website PBK Toolkit, which had sources for their assertions. (I almost said “facts,” but I now heavily doubt whether the assertions are indeed facts.) When I came to an interesting assertion, I would look up the source. But I got tired of being intrigued by the assertion only to look up the source and finding it to not be meaningful. So then I jumped straight to their reference section and started going through their sources one by one. Unfortunately, I still didn’t find any sources I considered convincing.
Then I realized that there are two references at the beginning of the PBK Toolkit which I overlooked when I was just analyzing the sources of intriguing statistics I saw quoted. I’ll go back to those now.
Will a liberal arts degree lead to employment?
China is copying the United States Liberal Arts System
Here are the first two sources of the PBK Toolkit.
Maybe it’s ironic, but more than when educators in the United States say that a liberal arts and sciences education is important, when the Chinese are looking at a liberal arts education, it makes me take notice.
A liberal arts degree will teach you skills that employers are looking for when they hire. When you’re researching college majors, colleges vs. universities, and types of degrees, you will see this statement often. But is it true? I was trying to find some data some data to back up that claim when I came across the PBK website Toolkit. In this series of posts, I’m looking up the references used to prove that a liberal arts and sciences degree will improve your chances of getting a job.
Let’s get back to analyzing the sources given in the PBK toolkit used to justify a liberal arts and sciences degree. Here is another one of their sources:
This is an interesting study that shows that scientists who are also artistic, who actually practice some type of art or music, seem to be more creative and more likely to win a Nobel Prize. And I would agree that the “arts” are an often neglected part of our educations.
A liberal arts degree will teach you skills that employers are looking for when they hire. When you’re researching college majors, colleges vs. universities, and types of degrees, you will see this statement often. But is it true? In this series of posts, I’m looked up some references used to prove that a liberal arts and sciences degree will improve your chances of getting a job. I’m not convinced yet.
But before we leave this subject of liberal arts and science majors’ earning potential, consider this article: