The Ill-Conceived Coalition for Access

Coalition for Access, The Coalition for Access, Poorly Conceived Coalition for Admission

Bev Taylor, Founder of Ivy Coach, is quoted today on the pages of “The Dartmouth” on the topic of the ill-conceived Coalition for Access.

Bev Taylor, Founder of Ivy Coach, is quoted today on the pages of America’s oldest college newspaper, “The Dartmouth,” the newspaper of Dartmouth College. The piece by Daniel Kim is entitled “College joins Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success, will accept Common app alternative” and it focuses on the new hot-button issue in college admissions — the announcement that eighty universities have joined the Coalition for Access, whose aim it is to improve access to colleges for disadvantaged students. If you’re a regular reader of our college admissions blog, you know our position on this Coalition for Access. It is our belief that this coalition’s proposal not only won’t make it easier for disadvantaged students to apply to — and attend — highly selective colleges, but instead it will make it much more difficult.

As Kim writes for “The Dartmouth,” “Bev Taylor, founder of college admissions consulting firm Ivy Coach, also said the Coalition failed to take into account the school environment of disadvantaged students. ‘Disadvantaged students will require more counseling, not less,’ she said. ‘Yet disadvantaged students often do not have access to counseling, or they attend public schools that have large student-to-counselor ratios. Also, disadvantaged kids are generally first generation students… and as such, usually apply to less selective schools that wouldn’t qualify for the Coalition because they have less than a 70 percent graduation rate.'”

Here’s what our crystal ball says (and, yes, our crystal ball has been quoted on the pages of “The Dartmouth” in the past): this Coalition will exist for one year and then we suspect colleges will drop out of the Coalition when they realize it isn’t accomplishing their objectives. And, remember, these colleges are going to be hit by significant penalty fees by the Common Application for subscribing to another application (remember Bev’s piece questioning if Common App. restrains trade?). The schools are also going to have to hire a portfolio manager (or six) and they’ll be regularly fielding complaints by already overworked public school counselors who have caseloads ranging anywhere from 250 to 700 students.

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