College admissions officers, deans, presidents, and other top brass from 50 or more high-profile institutions like Yale, Harvard, Michigan, and MIT have endorsed a report proposing new standards and criteria for admissions – simply put, the new approach would place less emphasis on standardized test scores, such as SAT and AP exams, and more emphasis on demonstration of community service and caring for others.
The report, springing from a project at Harvard's Graduate School of Education and announced at a press conference in New York by representatives from several major universities, makes recommendations and suggestions rooted in the belief that applicants to college have too much pressure placed on them by the current structure. Changes would aim to relieve stress.
At the moment, this announcement simply outlines a proposal. It is unclear how the recommendations will fare in the practical world of admissions, whether or not the majority of colleges, students, parents, teachers, and other participants in the process will get on board.
What is clear, however, is that good academic and extra-curricular credentials will not be going away as a prerequisite for admission to selective universities.
Concrete, meaningful changes in the admissions process will be easy to identify, should colleges shift gears on requirements to ease the stress for candidates.
For more information about the report, see the article in the Wall Street Journal here
For more information about the college admission process, see Dr. Droge's book, College Admission: A Simple, No-Nonsense Guide To Getting Into The College Of Your Choice here