January 25, 2016

A report just released by the Harvard Graduate School of Education is striking a chord with those concerned about the state of college admissions. The report, “Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good through College Admissions”, challenge...

January 19, 2016

When I was area chairman for alumni admissions interviewing for Brown University, I often heard from people frustrated that highly talented students were being rejected. They asked “What does it take to get into a school like Brown?”

A Brown admissions officer expla...

January 4, 2016

In Part 1 I summarized Frank Bruni’s book "Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be". In this blog I'll offer my take on his assertions.


I would restate the title of Bruni’s book as “What You Get Out is more important than Where You Get In”. Bottom line: an elite college...

January 4, 2016

This recent book "Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be" by New York Times columnist Frank Bruni is subtitled “An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania”. His message is that the pressure-filled competition to get into elite colleges is misplaced, unhealthy and unnec...

January 4, 2016

The best-selling book “David and Goliath” by author Malcolm Gladwell is about the potential advantage of apparent disadvantages. In the title metaphor, was Goliath's size and skill in hand-to-hand combat an advantage or disadvantage vs. David's mobility and long-ra...

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