Who gets into college? Who gets into the most elite colleges and universities? Is the process fair? If not, what would make it fair? These and other fundamental questions about college admissions are addressed in a new book, Who Gets In?: Strategies for Fair and Effective College Admissions, from Harvard University Press. Author and Professor Emerita at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Rebecca Zwick, has had a long and distinguished career studying educational testing and college admissions.
Informed by interdisciplinary research and theory, as well as a study of 13,000 students who have been followed over time starting in high school, Who Gets In offers a far-reaching discussion of the key issues. The research-based conclusions challenge some of the proposals for improving college admissions that seem intuitive and that have been widely-touted by other esteemed scholars and public intellectuals.
Here is a sampling of 13 things you may never have known about college admissions, documented in Who Gets In?:
Zwick, R. (2017). Who gets in? Strategies for fair and effective college admissions. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.