Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Laura Krantz and Deirdre Fernandes Globe Staff April 20, 2019 George Washington University president Stephen Trachtenberg was alone in his office one spring day in 2006 when he received an unexpected phone call.Former president George H.W. Bush, more than a dozen years out of office, was calling from sunny Kennebunkport as he watched boats sail past. He had a favor to ask.A young man working for him had just been rejected from George Washington. Bush could see the disappointed lad from his seat — he was up in a cherry picker painting the flagpole on the storied Bush compound. Could anything be done, Bush wanted to know. Advertisement “You don’t get everything you want, Mr. President,” Trachtenberg told him. But when he hung up the phone, he went down to the admissions office. Get Metro Headlines in your inbox: The 10 top local news … [Read more...] about For the wealthy, myriad advantages in college admissions (even without cheating)
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By Julia Prodis Sulek | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: March 16, 2019 at 7:00 am | UPDATED: March 16, 2019 at 7:03 am Rick Singer looks straight into the camera, auditioning for his own reality show about the cutthroat world of college admissions. Wearing a light blue sweater vest, he pitches himself as a “life-coach” for families desperate to get their kids into Stanford, Yale and USC. He has the look of a tennis pro and a voice that could pass for New York “fixer” Michael Cohen. “This is a game,’’ he says on the production company video submitted to a network in 2010 and unearthed last week by TMZ . “Just realize that this is a game.” Parents are so stressed out, he says, they need medication to calm down. They are so rich, they send private planes to fly him across the country to meet with their children. Singer never became a TV star, but last week he became a felon — and the face of the … [Read more...] about The crooked counselor, privileged parents and cutthroat college admissions game
Shamus Khan, The Washington Post Published 7:25 am PDT, Friday, March 15, 2019 When I was in the ninth grade, I applied to boarding schools. The applications required that I take the SSAT, a version of the SAT for high school admissions. My parents were professionals, well-off but not extremely wealthy. They were also immigrants, unfamiliar with the American system of testing and nervous about my performance. So they sent me to a tutor to prepare for the exam. My tutor gave me a series of practice tests. The day I sat for the exam, I read it with astonishment: I'd taken this test before. I knew all the answers. When my mother picked me up, she asked me how I'd done. I told her that something wasn't right. She agreed. We informed my middle school, and I took the test again - this time, one I hadn't seen before. Though my scores weren't perfect the second time around, they were mine. Other families in the tutoring class kept their mouths shut; they were getting what … [Read more...] about The college admissions game is rigged. Arresting cheaters won’t change that.
Patricia Hurtado, Bloomberg Published 8:07 am PST, Monday, November 12, 2018 Demonstrators against Harvard University's admission process hold signs and American flags while gathering during a protest at Copley Square in Boston on Oct. 14, 2018. Demonstrators against Harvard University's admission process hold signs and American flags while gathering during a protest at Copley Square in Boston on Oct. 14, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Adam Glanzman Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Adam Glanzman Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Demonstrators against Harvard University's admission process hold signs and American flags while gathering during a protest at Copley Square in Boston on Oct. 14, 2018. Demonstrators against Harvard University's admission process hold signs and American flags while gathering during a … [Read more...] about The future of college admissions: experts weigh the Harvard case
Corey Stewart is pushing for an end to race-based college admissions. (AP) Virginia Republican Senate candidate Corey Stewart, in an appeal to Asian-American voters, is calling for legislation to eliminate race as a dominant factor in college admissions. The controversial candidate, who’s in an uphill race against Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, unveiled the plan during a recent press conference at a popular Vietnamese-American shopping center outside Washington. “I always knew that race was a factor in college admissions, but I didn’t realize how bad it was until some citizens brought it up,” Stewart told Fox News in an interview. He said he pursued the issue after being approached by Chinese-American residents about racial bias in college admissions, voicing concerns that the systems effectively require Asian-American students to score much higher on the SAT to gain admission. Stewart is wading into a cultural firestorm, amid ongoing litigation over race-based … [Read more...] about GOP Senate candidate Corey Stewart pledges to end race-based college admissions