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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.