In his book Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course in Getting His Kid into College, Andrew Ferguson observed that for parents the entire ordeal of college admissions combines most of the things that are important to them: “our vanities, our social ambitions and class insecurities, and most profoundly our love and hopes for our children.” As kids these say, sometimes in college essays, true dat.
Given that summer is now for many not a time of vacation but of campus tours, we thought that Historically Thinking might provide a public service for our listeners, or anyone else interested in the soft, dark underbelly of higher education.
The guest today is Mark Salisbury, Assistant Dean and Director of Assessment and Institutional Research at Augustana College. He and Al Zambone work backwards from where graduates of Augustana go and do–as opposed to what they imagined they would go and do–and how that ought to influence what prospective undergraduates should think about when they evaluate colleges. They take an enjoyable amount of time trashing the old US News and World Report poll, and explain why the most important poll of higher education is one you’ve never heard of, and why it sounds like the nickname of the Loch Ness Monster. At last: news you can use!
For Further Reading
David Chambliss and Christopher G. Takacs, How College Works
Andrew Ferguson, Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course in Getting His Son into College