Dean Broaddus: Slow is good for college admissions

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January 21, 2010

7:21 PM

Dean of Admissions Henry Broaddus guest posted on a Washington Post blog today. He lamented that technology doesn’t allow for a faster turnaround time on college applications and described the College’s admissions decision process.

“Unfortunately, technology hasn’t yet provided a shortcut that sufficiently accounts for the merits coded in recommendations, the strength of voice evident in writing samples, or the positive grade trends that belie overall averages,” Broaddus wrote. “Until such time, we’ll stick with a time-tested slow way, which requires the establishment of unique context for every application and ensures at least two different readers for each of them. Tomatoes grow faster, and sports seasons end sooner, but trust me, we need the time.”

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