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CC Among 80 Colleges Collaborating on Admission Reform

Colorado College is among a group of 80 colleges and universities participating in a new effort to change the way students apply to college. The goal of the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success is to encourage ninth-graders to begin thinking more deeply about what they are learning or accomplishing in high school, create new ways for college admissions officers, community organizations, and others to coach them, and help students emerge in their senior year with a body of work that can be used to help identify appropriate colleges and apply to them. The intent of the effort is to minimize some of the disadvantages faced by high school students without access to well-staffed guidance offices or private counselors. Organizers also want to shift college preparation and admissions away from the current frenzy, which many find decidedly disconnected from educational values.

To qualify for membership, private colleges must meet full demonstrated financial need for admitted students while public institutions must offer affordable tuition and need-based aid for in-state residents. In addition, all members must have a six-year graduation rate of at least 70 percent.

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