What's New in College Admissions Planning
Achieve Admissions Monthly Newsletter
November 2016
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Interesting articles, posts and insights collected over the past month to help you keep up with what's happening in the world of college admissions.

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Admissions Corner
Keep your Top College Choices on the Hook with These 6 Application Tips
Forbes 11/28/2016
How to show colleges some love on the "Why Our College" essay

Four Truths about Admissions Decisions
Tufts University admissions blog
Perspective from a Tufts admissions officer about admissions decisions

A Spring College Admissions Offer May Be Worth Accepting
US News
Some colleges are offering second-semester start dates to accept more students

New Item on the College Admission Checklist: LinkedIn Profile
The New York Times
Does it really make sense for 17 year olds to be creating LinkedIn profiles to boost their college admissions profile? While students should be social media savvy (start by deleting those embarrassing photos and inappropriate posts, okay?), I think there are more effective and more authentic ways to tell your story.

Jared Kushner Isn't Alone: How Wealthy Families Manipulate Admissions at Elite Universities
from the author of "The Price of Admission"
No, this is not about presidential politics. Yes, legacies and mega-donors have an advantage. 

The College Experience
Liberal Arts Learning or Pre-Professional Training?
Colleges are saying "Both"

A post from my Achieve Admissions blog
It takes a range of skills to succeed after college. There is a risk in focusing too narrowly on pre-professional training at the exclusion of broader development. As one college dean observed, “You need the business skills to get a job. You need the arts and science background to make partner.”

"Big Six" College Experiences Linked to Life Preparedness
Gallup study on Education
Six experiences during college that correlate with whether students felt their colleges prepared them well for life and that might have bettered their chances of receiving their degrees on time

Who Should Choose the SAT Over the ACT?
Post from Compass Education Group
With the redesign of the SAT this past year the tests are now much more alike, but there are differences to consider

College Board Simplifies Request Process For Test Accommodations
College Board press release
Great news for students on IEP or 504 plans who use testing accommodations

Athletic Recruiting
The Myth of the Sports Scholarship
The Chronicle of Higher Education (pages A12-A18)
Only 2% of high school athletes receive an athletic scholarship in college. And most of those earn a partial scholarship worth less than $15,000 a year. Good money to be sure, but not enough to cover tuition and expenses. If you're playing D-III or at an Ivy, there are no athletic scholarships at all.

Athletes and their parents are often surprised that they're not going to get a free ride. In fact the aid they receive may not even cover what the family has spent over the years on coaches, club teams, equipment and travel. Dollars aside, the student gets a chance to play the sport they love at a higher level, and being recruited can help in the admissions process. But you need to understand the game before you start playing!

Advice from "How to Raise an Adult"

Julie Lythcott-Haimes, former dean of freshmen at Stanford University, offers practical advice on getting into college without putting students and parents through the excessive stress of the “arms race” that often accompanies the process. Lythcott-Haimes wrote a best-selling book on the subject, How to Raise an Adult.

While at Stanford, Lythcott-Haimes observed more and more incoming students were very highly qualified on paper, but were challenged by everyday tasks. She came to believe that an important part of the problem was over-parenting – parents not letting children learn for themselves, doing their homework for them, negotiating with teachers and other adults on their behalf, not asking them to help with basic household chores. She captures the problem as a “checklist childhood” where every step is scripted and guided. These kids don’t learn the basic skills and self-reliance that should come with maturity.

In a range of interviews since her book came out, Lythcott-Haimes has reiterated her view that parents need to let children learn for themselves.

“Doing too much for our kids deprives them of building self-efficacy which is the understanding that our own actions lead to outcomes,” she recently told the online magazine Quora. “We may help them look more accomplished on paper. But doing too much for them deprives them of the chance to be their own selves…The long term cost is the kids can’t do for themselves, and worse, they know they can’t.”

As for college admissions, she told the Washington Post that kids who “succeed in doing the impossible -- getting into Stanford, or Harvard, or other elite schools -- bear the scars of the admissions arms race. "They're breathless," Lythcott-Haims said. She thinks families with college-bound children should reconsider what makes a suitable choice. “There are excellent educational experiences to be had at schools that aren't among U.S. News and World Report's top 20…and there are schools that will accept students who don't have a perfect resume.”

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