As parents and students begin to obsess over admissions decisions here’s some perspective (that I have posted before). It is harder to get a job at Wal-Mart in Washington, DC. Wegman’s in Pennsylvania boasted an acceptance rate of 5% in 2014. And Google only has room for one half of one percent of its job applicants.
The answer is, as you probably guessed, not so well. Read this awesome post by Scott Barry Kaufman, the Scientific Director of The Imagination Institute and a researcher in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, on how current college admissions criteria penalize our most creative students.
“If higher education faculty and administrators seek to develop critical and creative thinkers who can adapt to and innovate in a rapidly changing society, we must identify and develop creativity among our students. Such a goal can mean changing curricula or changing selection practices used for college admission.”
But what if the richest and best-known colleges and universities don’t provide the highest-quality education? Would the perceived value of degrees from those institutions decline, and would colleges that were shown in fact to provide higher-quality courses be held in more esteem than they are now?
New research raising more interesting questions about how we define quality in higher education. Read more about the research of Corbin M. Campbell and Marisol Jimenez of Teachers College and Christine Arlene N. Arrozal of Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, supported by a fellowship from the National Academy of Education and the Spencer Foundation here.