Colleges want smart AND nice

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The college application process has come under scrutiny in a new report by the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

The report, called, “Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good through College Admissions,” recommends that schools ask students to demonstrate that they are making a civic contribution to their local communities, even if that means taking fewer AP courses, or not taking the SAT or ACT entrance exams. The report has been endorsed by admissions offices at more than 50 American universities.

Report author Rick Weissbourd spoke with ARW associate producer Suzanne Pekow this week for the podcast.