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College Bound: Operation Varsity Blues – We-Ha

We-Ha.com will be publishing a series of articles/blogs/reflections on the issue of going to college – basically a collection of thoughts and reflections, along with some practical advice, meant to support students and parents as they embark on this journey. While many of our readers are experts on this topic, many others are less knowledgeable and have little outside support. We hope this is helpful for all of our readers as they go through the different stages of getting into and getting into college.

by Adrienne Canvas Maslin

Like many of you, I was shocked, stunned, bewildered, stunned, and had to lift my chin off the ground when I heard about the college admissions scandal known as Operation Varsity Blues.

You all know the story now. Fifty rich, famous or rich and famous parents bribed their childrens path to some of the country’s most elite universities – among them are USC, UCSD, Stanford, Georgetown and Yale. The scandal involved college athletics personnel, college board test proctors, a college counselor who was the mastermind behind it, and a very young 36-year-old who flew back and forth across the country taking others’ SATs and a special request. Accommodations are usually only for students who need it most, a costume designer, and of course, famous actors. One of these actors is my favourite. It kind of gave new meaning to the name of the show in which she starred: Desperate Housewives.

My reaction was multi-layered. Do parents actually commit criminal acts to secure their childs admission to Yale or Stanford University? why? Will they really pay bribes, cheats and photoshop for their kidsFace on the body of a water polo player to secure admission to Georgetown or USC? again why? How will the student fare? Will she be able to maintain acceptable grades in rigorous semesters? Will he be able to discuss relevant issues with his colleagues and professors?

While all of these questions were swirling in my head, the question I kept coming back to was this: There are approximately 3,500 institutions of higher education in the United States. Almost all of them Good colleges and universities, which I defined as colleges that help young people learn, think, face difficulties, prepare for careers, broaden their horizons, and help them develop into the people they want to become. Will be Nobody Of the other 3,499 do?

During my 45-year career in higher education management, as an administrator and assistant professor, I have been struck by talented and motivated faculty and staff whose primary goal has been to help students succeed. In all the colleges and universities I have worked at, large and small, known and unknown, this has been done through rigorous coursework taught by faculty who are specialists in their disciplines and who are exceptional teachers.

It is accomplished with Librarians Who are extraordinary! No matter where I worked, the librarians were among the most knowledgeable, professional and kind.

with Student Services Specialists – Enrollment Services staff, career advisors, academic advisors, and disability support professionals – who are always creating new and more effective ways to help students achieve their goals.

Good colleges are those in which student activities, orientation, and residential life staff attempt to make each student feel included and welcome and offer activities that appeal to a wide range of interests; As the Finance Officers are constantly striving to make payment easier for students by developing expanded and more flexible payment options; Where the IT staff makes sure that the college has all the on-campus technologies needed for students, faculty, and staff to do their work; Where maintenance personnel rearrange furniture, plow snow, rearrange furniture, paint offices and classrooms, rearrange furniture, mow lawns, and rearrange furniture for the myriad events that take place on campus every day.

Everyone who works in the college plays a role in the student’s education and a good college is one in which every employee understands that.

Choosing a college can be challenging although there are ways to make it easier. Books, books, and more books have been written about the college selection process. In my next blog post, I’ll try to reduce the excellent advice given in those books to a shorter, perhaps more manageable form.

At the moment, the most important thing to remember is that there are about 3,500 institutions of higher education. Each of them is the right place for someone. Our country’s colleges and universities are incredibly diverse – as diverse as the students who attend. This is the concept that you should keep in mind when starting your search.

Adrienne Leinwand Maslin recently retired from a 45-year career in the Department of Higher Education. She has worked in public and private organizations, urban and rural, large and small, for two and four years and is Dean of Middlesex Community College. She has held positions in the areas of admissions, affirmative action, office of the president, human resources, academic affairs, and student affairs. Maslin holds a BA from the University of Vermont, an MA from Boston University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. She is currently creating a TV/Web series on life skills and social issues for 9-12 year olds, believing that the more knowledgeable the younger people are about important social issues, the easier their transition to college and adulthood. Information about this series as well as contact information can be found at www.shesroxanne.com.

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