Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Can Colleges Have Equality in Admissions and Excellence Too?

 

written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Can Colleges Have Equality in Admissions and Excellence Too?
 

Amherst College
by John Thelin, Washington Post

"The Supreme Court is considering how prestigious universities make admissions decisions. The plaintiff, Students for Fair Admissions, challenged both the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Harvard University in their respective uses of race-conscious criteria in rating undergraduate applicants. The volatile cases seem to confirm that Americans agree that a college education is important — while disagreeing on who should be admitted and why.

The case resurrects an American dilemma first posed in 1961 by John Gardner, president of the Carnegie Foundation, when he asked, “Can we be equal and excellent, too?” The question was urgent because the United States had unprecedented resources for higher education that coincided with growth in the number and diversity of students who were considering their educational prospects.

In 1910, for example, 5 percent of American 18-year-olds pursued education beyond high school. A half-century later, the United States was poised to expand this to 50 percent. But without thoughtful policies, access alone would not resolve unequal access for students across categories of race and income."

>> Background: "As the number of students who applied to college jumped in the early 1960s, it sparked debates on how the college admissions process ought to work and who should be admitted. Civil rights initiatives and court decisions like the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling made exclusion by race illegal in public educational institutions, and the 1965 Higher Education Act expanded access to education for minority groups, especially African American students, by providing federal financial aid to make college more affordable."

>> Reality Check: "Statistical research armed college admissions officers with a confidence in rankings of students based on their grades, test scores and other demographic criteria such as geographic residence, type of secondary school, gender and family income. The databases allowed them to compare an applicant with other students nationwide. One consequence was that a cohort of colleges became more selective. The admissions office at these selective colleges now had the analytic tools to create each year what deans hailed as “The Best Class Yet.”

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2.   Emory, Kenyon Top Polls


The Emory men and Kenyon women remain atop the latest CSCAA Division III swimming rankings.

Men

  1. Emory (14)
  2. Kenyon (6)
  3. Johns Hopkins
  4. Chicago
  5. Denison
  6. New York U.
  7. Washington U.
  8. MIT
  9. Carnegie Mellon
  10. Pomona-Pitzer
Women
  1. Kenyon (16)
  2. Emory (4)
  3. Chicago
  4. Williams
  5. Denison
  6. Johns Hopkins
  7. Tufts
  8. New York U.
  9. Pomona-Pitzer
  10. MIT

>> Complete Rankings
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3.   Knights Of The Round Circle


Men's Wrestling - Wartburg College Athletics

Wartburg sits atop the most recent NWCA team rankings with arch-rival Augsburg coming in second.

  1. Wartburg
  2. Augsburg
  3. UW-La Crosse
  4. North Central (Ill.)
  5. Stevens
  6. John Carroll
  7. UW-Whitewater
  8. Coe
  9. TCNJ
  10. Wabash

>> Complete Team Rankings

D3wrestle.com released its latest individual rankings as well.

125: Riley Parker, Washington and Lee
133: Robbie Precin, North Central
141: Zaren Terukina, Wartburg
149: Mike Conklin, TCNJ
157: Tyler Shilson, Augsburg
165: Nate Lackman, Rhode Island College
174: Zane Mulder, Wartburg
184: Shane Liegel, Loras
197: Ben Kawczynski, UW-La Crosse
285: Donovan King, Olivet

>> D3wrestle,com individual rankings
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