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News Archive

2020

  • July

    Declaring Independence In College Admission

    Brennan Barnard
    What does it mean to be free? What does it mean to be independent? These are fundamental questions that our nation is wrestling with. Recently we celebrated Juneteenth, the day in 1865 that marked the end of slavery in the United States, and today we commemorate the Declaration of Independence of the United States, on July 4, 1776....
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  • May

    Stimulate This: How School Counselors Will Help Save Our Post-Pandemic Future

    Brennan Barnard
    The global pandemic has devastated much of the nation’s economy. Unemployment is at unthinkable levels and every sector has felt the impact of this crisis, from large corporations and nonprofits to small businesses and schools....
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  • “We Get It!”: College Admission Deans Speak Out—Part 3

    Brennan Barnard
    That every aspect of life has been disrupted this spring is an understatement. Even as our nation slowly starts to reopen, we will continue to feel the impact of the global pandemic in the months and years to come. This three-part series has been highlighting messages from college admission leaders about how they are responding to these challenges and the ways they expect that this disruption will affect applicants to their schools....
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  • “We Get It!”: College Admission Deans Speak Out—Part 2

    Brennan Barnard
    In “An Essay on Man,” poet Alexander Pope wrote:
    “Hope springs eternal in the human breast; 
    Man never Is, but always To be blest. 
    The soul, uneasy, and confin'd from home, 
    Rests and expatiates in a life to come.”
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  • "We Get It:" College Admission Deans Speak Out - Part 1

    Brennan Barnard
    “Embrace uncertainty.” This just might be the official slogan for the spring of 2020, and it has been the unofficial theme for college admission for decades. While the current state of applying to college seems unprecedented—and it is—there has always been one constant, and that is change....
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  • Defer or Defy: Should You Start College This Fall?

    Brennan Barnard
    We are living in uncertain times. Much is unknown in the face of this global pandemic—from the most trivial questions like when it will be possible to get a haircut, to the direst concerns about lost jobs or food insecurity. Even what we thought we could control has fallen prey to unpredictability. Many college-bound high school seniors are already wrestling with a significant time of transition as they decide which school to attend, and how they will afford it....
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  • April

    Virtually Possible: Locking Down The College Search In A Global Pandemic

    Brennan Barnard
    This is virtually impossible my daughter blurts out from the next room, adding, who thought geometry was important anyway? Actually, I respond with my under-appreciated dad irony, it is virtually possible. Deciding to spare her the lecture on how Euclid and Descartes thought geometry was pretty important, instead, I urge her to set up a virtual meeting with her teacher to work through her confusion with the theorem. This is the new normal for students throughout the country as they settle into pandemic-enforced distance learning. Young people are adapting to online classrooms and virtual meetings while also confronting the disappointment of missed opportunities at school and out in their world....
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  • March

    Redesigning College Admission: COVID-19, Access And Equity

    Brennan Barnard
    The spread of COVID-19 throughout the world is evidence that the virus does not discriminate. It has infected individuals from all nations, backgrounds, ages, races, genders, and economic status. However, the impact of the virus is—and will be—felt very differently by various populations. The most vulnerable people in our society are likely to disproportionately suffer from the health and economic implications of this crisis....
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  • The COVID College Choice: How To Pick A College During A Global Pandemic

    BrennanBarnard
    Campus closures at colleges and universities across the country are spreading as fast as the novel coronavirus itself. While higher education has previously endured national emergencies (think 9/11/01) and weathered various crises (fires, floods, and flu), the timing and scope of COVID-19 are unprecedented. College admission is certainly not immune to the impact of this disease and it is having very real consequences for enrollment managers and the students whom they hope to attract....
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  • February

    by John Hain for Pixabay

    Character Counts In College Admission

    Brennan Barnard
    It has been said that character is who one is, or what one does when nobody is watching. When it comes to college admission, everyone seems to be watching and according to a recent survey, character counts. This week, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Character Collaborative released a research brief entitled Character and the Admission Process, which includes results from a survey of trends in college admission....
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  • Image by John Iglar from Pixabay

    College Admission Fake News

    Brennan Barnard
    It is impossible to get into college. At least this was the impression of the high school junior sitting in my school counseling office talking about admission. He had heard about declining acceptance rates and increased application numbers and was ready to give up before he even began....
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  • January

    The Lighter Side of College Admission Predictions

    The start of a new decade offers the chance to guess what our world will be like in ten years. In a recent piece, I shared thoughts from college admission leaders about their predictions for the future of applying to college... [Now] I offer a lighter take, one that is more aligned with how people outside the profession look at college admission and what might be coming....
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  • 2020 Vision in College Admission

    Brennan Barnard
    In January of 1990—the year I turned sixteen—as a new decade began, my brothers, some friends, and I made predictions of what our lives would be like in 30 years. The twist was that we could only predict for each other, not ourselves. When cleaning out our parents’ home recently, we discovered our prophecies written on a faded legal pad, and as this year begins we reviewed them to check on our progress....
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