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Selling Hope and College: Merit, Markets, and Recruitment in an Unranked School

Alex Posecznick


It has long been assumed that college admission should be a simple matter of sorting students according to merit, with the best heading off to the Ivy League and highly ranked liberal arts colleges and the rest falling naturally into their rightful places. Admission to selective institutions, where extremely fine distinctions are made, is characterized by heated public debates about whether standardized exams, high school transcripts, essays, recommendation letters, or interviews best indicate which prospective students are worthy. And then there is college for everyone else. But what goes int ... More

Keywords: college admission, students, Ravenwood College, nonprofit institution, social justice, higher education, marginalized students, college students

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781501707582
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501707582.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alex Posecznick, author
University of Pennsylvania