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Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good through College Admissions


Pub: Harvard Graduate School of Education

The college admissions process often feels like it goes on all through junior high and high school, as students work to amass what they hope will be a long enough and impressive enough list of extra-curriculars and honors. The sense that such a list is what an application should look like is reinforced by admissions officers, guidance counselors, parents, and other figures of authority. The Graduate School of Education at Harvard University has put together a report, worked on and supported by a group of colleges and universities, designed to make the application process less about a series of accomplishments and more about demonstrating genuine concern for others and the common good. The hope is that this will be a meaningful step towards changing the tenor of the application process and the various stakeholders’ beliefs about what colleges are looking for in their students.

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