Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Why Are Colleges So Selective?


I just read this four-parter at the NYT online, after reading this criticism by Dean Dad. I had been hoping he'd been a little bit wrong.


In a four-part (four!) piece by four different authors (four!) about why colleges are getting more selective, the words Community College did not appear once. Community Colleges: you know, the ones that more than half of America's undergraduates attend? The ones with open enrollment and therefore no (read: zero) increase in "selectivity". Good god, it's like college only means one thing to these people.

One of the respondents, Jane Wellman, at least acknowledges that "[students are] there because they need a job, and they need to get the credentials – and, one hopes, the knowledge and skills behind the credentials – that will get them into the labor market." -- And yet the schools most geared toward the labor market? Completely absent.

Go read the articles and then Dean Dad's response over at Confessions of a Community College Dean.


1 comment:

Dr. Virago said...

Regional state 4-year universities usually aren't at all selective, either. We're open admissions at Rust Belt U.

This is typical of the NYT, where "my Ivy League experience" = "college in the U.S." (Or, for lifestyles stories not about college, it's "10 of my upper middle class white friends plus me" = "Americans" or "women today" or something equally broad.)