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Articles from Vol. 86, No. 1, Summer

Broadening the Spectrum of Undergraduate Admissions
The Kaleidoscope Project, a new admissions procedure at Tufts University, incorporates measures of analytical, creative, practical, and wisdom-based skills in addition to standard ratings of academic and personal merit. It shows promise as a predictor...
EKU Educational Extension Agents: Connecting the Dots
Twenty-seven five-year-olds walk into kindergarten on the first day of school in southeastern Kentucky. On average, nine of those children live in poverty, two were born to mothers who did not complete high school, two were removed from their homes because...
Meritocracy the Great American Myth? a Look at Gatekeeping in Higher Education
Research on the concept of meritocracy and its role in college admissions is the major focus of this article. It explores the factors that contribute to the gatekeeping process and provides a historical context that led to the evolution of today's admission...
Pride on the Other Side: The Emergence of LGBT Web Sites for Prospective Students
Since the advent of the printed college viewbook and college Web sites, consideration has been given to depicting diversity. It has been easier to display diversity through visual representations of different races and ethnicities than of lesbians, gays,...
The Art of Breaking Bad News: Lessons Learned at a Large Public University
Not too long ago, a cute story circulated about a college coed who wrote home and told her parents that things could be better. She described how her car had been wrecked, she was dating a boy in a rock'n roll band, was de-pledged from her sorority,...
The Helicopter Parent: RESEARCH TOWARD A TYPOLOGY
With 117,000 hits on a recent Google(TM) search, the phenomenon of helicopter parenting has been widely reported in the popular press. Yet the scholarly literature is anemic on the topic. This article, part one of a two-part series, presents the small...
The Progression of the College Admissions Professional
In my sixteen years in college admissions, I have evolved in my work, role, and mission. I began as an eager recruiter, excited to help high school students get into college; now I am a seasoned director committed to college access. As I reflect on my...
Using Social Media "Smartly" in the Admissions Process
Admissions officers around the country are hearing consistent calls to enhance their social media presence. Whether the pressure is from administrators, influential alumni, or peers across institutions, social media are touted as the next big thing in...
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