Since the Coalition Application was announced in September, it has spurred significant press, healthy debate, and some heated criticism. Rick Clark, director of Undergraduate Admission at Georgia Tech, encourages his admissions colleagues to take an honest look at this new platform of online tools to streamline planning for and applying to college. Georgia Tech is among more than 80 public and private colleges participating in this new coalition.
Let me be clear: I do not work for The Coalition Application. So just as much as we tell students not to take one tour guide’s voice as gospel, please know this is not intended to be inclusive of all members, nor is it the “party line.”
Students take their cues from us. We owe them sound advice, vision, and an example that is worth following. We owe them a commitment to trying new things, to not being content with the status quo, and to finding solutions to problems that are worth solving. None of that happens alone.
There has been far too much negative dialogue in our profession over the last year. Admit rates at selective schools are down, tuition rates nationally are up, and caseloads for everyone continue to escalate, so certainly there are quantitative factors.
I implore everyone to consider how we interact in online forums; examine how theimplications of phrases we use fan the flames of anxiety or uncertainty; and minimize common terms like “other side of the desk,” which, wrongly construed, be unnecessarily divisive. Ultimately, Thuiswe control the tone, the narrative, and the relationships. Let’s recommit to modeling for students, families, and the press that our field is committed to serving students with authenticity through professionalism.
Read more in the Georgia Tech Admission Blog.
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