Critiquing the college admissions game in a piece for the New York Times, former Dean of admissions and current associate dean of West Coast admissions Jennifer Delahunty finds fault with the multi-billion dollar industry that has sprung up to help kids get into college.
From test prep to private college counselors and guidebooks, Delahunty proposes that this may not be the best way to go about the college admissions game. she even suggests that the money colleges spend on advertising is getting out of hand. Drawing on examples of how this system fails, such as the demise of Sweet Briar, Delahunty suggests a college matching system which, like programs that match medical students to appropriate residencies, would allow students to list their top schools and then the schools themselves would match students to the ideal program for their interests and abilities. This would replace the urge for students to just apply (and accept application at) the schools with the best rankings.
The piece can be read here.