Monday, December 13, 2010

Getting Into College

I'm watching many of my daughter's senior friends getting their acceptances (or not) to the universities of their choice.  Thinking about the pressure, and the anxiety it causes young people (especially in the Nation's Capital), and the assumptions kids make about who "gets in" and who "doesn't" is painful.  These kids have been friends for many years, and now it comes down to what seems like a fairly arbitrary system, skewed by preferences and quotas.  Thus, I have an alternative suggestion:

Schools should have five hoppers.
The first is the hopper for top 10% GPA/top 10%SAT
Second hopper - next 10% of each
and so on until the fifth hopper which will be the remaining GPA/SAT

Hoppers will all close on the same date NATIONWIDE

The schools will have X number of slots they designate for each group the hoppers represent. They can decide how many in each category they want.  If they want 100% of their slots to go to the top 10%, that's their choice.

BUT, once the hoppers close, and the lottery for those slots start, there is no turning back.

The X number of slots will be what the lottery fills.  A completely random lottery, without names, ethnic origins, religion, etc.

So, for example, XYZ University has 3000 slots for admission.  They decide to have 1500 slots from the first hopper, 1000 from the second hopper, 250 from the third, 200 from the fourth, and 50 from the last hopper.

Thoughts? Problems I'm not seeing?


quilly said...

The biggest problem I see is that the college financial advisers will all have heart attacks and die.

Congrats on winning Punny Monday!

Anonymous said...

Hmmm when I was going through that process moons ago I dont recallnthe pressure or anxiety. Sure I wanted to go where my friends went but ultimately chose the one that was right for me. I grew up I suppose. The only problem i see with your theory is not all colleges and universities will agree to it and I think they all would only want the top 10%

DM said...

I was a non-traditional student so I went to the local college. I am not so sure that the reputation of the school is overrated. This process also helps prepare people for the rejection and different circumstances life presents.

Anonymous said...

Multiple applications per student. Or maybe it doesn't matter, but it seems that schools must accept more than they can honestly accommodate. How else could they offset students that the school accepts but the student decides to attend elsewhere?

One of my sons applied to 3 different colleges, got accepted by all 3 and had his choice of where to go. (Thank heavens you could apply to several state schools all for one fee.)