May 23, 2023
On Sunday, April 2, 2023, I read an interesting and provocative article by Frank Bruni that was published in the New York Times. The title of the article was “There’s Only One College Rankings List that Matters.” Having worked as the Dean of Admission from 1978 to 1983 at Princeton University, and having evaluated the credentials of literally thousands of applicants, I was intrigued by what Mr. Bruni had to say. In brief, I’ll quote five of the major points that he made. They are:
- For almost a decade now, I’ve been writing and railing against the way in which so many Americans, especially affluent ones, approach the process of applying to colleges, which at some point over the past quarter century devolved into a scholastic version of “The Hunger Games.” I’ve lamented its toll on mental health. I’ve rued its emphasis on credentials over character and on a rigid, cautious script of education over an organic plot of genuine discovery. I’ve bemoaned its conflation of brand with worth.
- Over recent decades, tuition at many public and private schools has risen much faster than inflation in general, to heights that have led…