August 02, 2016

A New Approach to College Admissions

The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success is rolling out a new college-application platform that it says will help a diversity of students make their way through the college-admission process.

The coalition has won praise for its goal of rethinking key aspects of that process and opening up admissions to disadvantaged students. But it has also drawn criticism for its exclusive membership of highly selective private and public colleges, and for some of its innovative methods.

Here's a look at how and why this controversial new approach was devised, and where it might go from here.

Annie Reznik, the first executive director of the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, says the group aims to empower disadvantaged students.

Nearly two years ago, a group of highly selective colleges riled critics when they announced plans for a shared application platform. Love it or hate it, it’s finally here.

The dominant player, having just handled nearly 1.1 million applications for more than 600 colleges, isn’t standing pat, with a new effort to help students apply for financial aid.

Will a hidebound profession embrace real innovation? How can colleges best reach a diverse cohort of teenagers?

Admissions officers and college counselors got a description of the new site over the weekend — and a chance to critique it.

A coalition of selective institutions hopes to shake up how students apply to college. The group’s online portal is meant to bring more clarity to the process.

The group hopes its innovations will put more young people on the path to college earlier. But some experts question whether the effort will really expand access.

Too often, the author argues, the admissions office is the chief obstacle to low-income, first-generation, and minority students' efforts to gain access to college.

Colleges in a new admissions-application consortium want an alternative to the Common Application's "diluted brand."

Frustrated with glitches in the popular admissions platform, a group of public and private institutions pursues a rival system as a backup.