Eighty leading colleges and universities on Monday announced a plan to reverse a decades-long process by which colleges have — largely through the Common Application — made their applications increasingly similar.
While transitioning away from the cumbersome Common Application makes a lot of sense, what these colleges in “The Coalition” are proposing may actually make matters worse. Why? The colleges propose having students start their online portfolios as soon as 9th grade. Won’t this just take a stressful one year college admissions process and turn it into a four-year marathon admissions process? Maybe the colleges just don’t like being viewed as “common” with the likes of 600 others on the Common App, and they want to find a way to re-differentiate themselves under the guise of making the admissions process more user friendly for students and parents alike. What do you think?
More: Admissions Revolution, Inside Higher Ed by Scott Jaschik (9/28/15)