- Krisi Tran
- Las Vegas, NV
- United States
Are university admissions not diverse enough? (not for race, but for other factors)
All throughout the country there is a certain set of criteria that all incoming freshman must demonstrate to be considered, particularly grades, class percentage, volunteer work, sports, and leadership positions.
Grades are important, but a valedictorian of one school might be class rank 100 in another. Grades reflect also the quality of the teacher just as much as the student.
In many school organizations volunteer work is mandatory, which should be considered an oxymoron. In addition, many students know that it's for college so it shows little about the "good-will" community aspect it's trying to measure.
Last, leadership positions are uncontrollable, especially when other students elect them.
All in all, many students know about these factors and focus on them with the sole purpose of college admissions, even taking easier classes to boost GPA.
Do you think incoming college students should continue to be judged on these factors or are there other ones that would be better?
In addition, should they only be judged on the things they have done their high school years, vs their entire lives? What alternative methods would be better?
Closing Statement from Krisi Tran
Some of the main points of this conversation include that universities are looking for these particular traits and that's why students are measured by them and that if the education system was less standardized or influenced by the government, there would be significantly more freedom for colleges to conduct their admissions in more unique ways.