December 21, 2012 |
I'm flipping a coin. Pick heads or tails. OK, now which did you pick and why? Actually, never mind. It doesn't matter. Because unlike with college admission employees around the country, how I view your answer won't affect if you get into a university or not. But for students applying to places like the University of Chicago, it's a new reality. Garrett Brinker, an admissions official for the University of Chicago, told the Los Angeles Times in Wednesday's story that questions like “So where is Waldo, really?
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December 19, 2012 |
"So where is Waldo, really?" That's not the kind of question most high school seniors expect to find on their college admission applications. But it is one of the essay options that applicants to the University of Chicago face this year in their quest for a coveted freshman berth. It is the kind of mind-stretching, offbeat or downright freaky essay question that is becoming more common these days as colleges and universities seek to pierce the fog of students' traditional self-aggrandizing essays detailing their accomplishments and hardships.
October 10, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's conservative justices seemed inclined Wednesday to strike down a University of Texas affirmative action plan, but did not make it clear how far they might go in outlawing the use of race in admissions at all colleges and universities. In his opening question, Chief Justice John G. Roberts noted that applicants to the University of Texas must check a box to certify their race or ethnicity. Roberts asked whether a student who is one-fourth Hispanic would qualify as a minority.
October 9, 2012 |
There are good reasons the Wednesday argument before the Supreme Court in the case called Fisher vs. University of Texas has prompted more than the usual amount of speculation about the intentions of the justices and the case's likely outcome. For higher education and, we believe, American society at large, the stakes could not be higher. Abigail Fisher's claim that the University of Texas unconstitutionally considered race in assembling its incoming undergraduate class - resulting, she argues, in her exclusion from the student body - reengages one of the most consequential legal and moral debates in American history.
October 1, 2012 |
Three months ago, the New York Times reported that the composition of the U.S. Supreme Court likely would become “a significant issue in the presidential campaign.” On Sunday, Los Angeles Times Supreme Court reporter David Savage reported that the reelection of President Obama or his replacement by Mitt Romney could tilt the court markedly left or right. Yet the issue of Supreme Court nominees and how the two candidates would make their selections has been solidly on the sidelines and seems destined to remain so in the roughly five weeks remaining in the presidential race.
September 27, 2012 |
AUSTIN, Texas - After a U.S. appeals court struck down race-based college admissions in Texas 16 years ago, the first Mexican American woman elected to the state Legislature proposed a simple change that transformed education in the state. Rep. Irma Rangel said all students who graduated in the top 10% of their high school class should win admission to the state's colleges, including the highly regarded University of Texas. Her bill, signed into law by then-Gov. George W. Bush, opened the door to higher education for Mexican American students from the Rio Grande Valley, for black students from Dallas and Houston and for rural white students.