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Compassionate Action - WSJ.com
February 24, 2003 | WSJ |By BENJAMIN S. CARSON.

In a conversation recently with Gerhardt Casper, the former president of Stanford University, I learned that they had 1,600 freshmen slots and 19,000 applicants for those slots, 10,000 of which had 4.0 grade point averages. They, along with the Ivy League schools and select others, could easily fill the freshman class with 4.0 students. But what about the black student who grew up in the ghetto, in a single-parent home, looking over his shoulder for danger each day as he walked home and still managed to compile a 3.7 GPA and SAT scores in the 90th percentile? Or what about the student from Appalachia with a similar academic record whose father died in a mining accident and had to work and help raise his brothers and sisters?

Do we simply ignore such students or assuage our guilt by saying they don't have to attend one of the premier schools since there are many other excellent universities that would love to have them? Of course not. Instead, many universities take into account factors such as parental education, socioeconomic status, obstacles overcome, learning environment, living environment, responsibilities, special family circumstances, etc., which allows these students admission. The universities correctly reason that if these students could overcome such significant adversities in their lives, they will likely make great contributions to our nation.

This is the principle we should call "compassionate action," and I believe it is the right one for our current dilemma: While race-neutral, it takes a disadvantaged background into account and extends a helping hand to those who need it most. As it turns out, in the U.S., the largest percentage of people from disadvantaged backgrounds happen to be blacks and Hispanics. Those groups will be given a slightly lower bar because of their real difficulties, not from a presumption that their skin color requires it.
affirmative_action  economically_disadvantaged  U.S._Supreme_Court  admissions  race-neutrality  Stanford  applications  SAT  education  students  compassion  Appalachia  disadvantages  GPA  presumptions 
august 2012 by jerryking
College Applications Continue to Increase. When Is Enough Enough? -
November 5, 2010 | NYTimes.com | By ERIC HOOVER. Applications
are, of course, a proxy for popularity and metric of merit. Such is the
allure of exclusivity, and the appeal of simplicity. Measuring quality
is difficult; measuring quantity is as easy as counting. The more apps a
college receives, and rejects, the more impressive it seems.

Today’s application inflation is a cause and symptom of the uncertainty
in admissions. As application totals soar, colleges struggle to predict
yield — the number of admitted students who actually attend — leading to
longer wait lists and other competitive enrollment tactics. Students
hedge against the plummeting admissions rates by flooding the system
with even more applications.
admissions  Colleges_&_Universities  exclusivity  applications  selectivity 
november 2010 by jerryking
Mapping a New, Mobile Internet
February 26, 2009 | BusinessWeek | by Stephen Baker

Sense Networks, led by the 35-year-old Skibiski, is a mere gnat in this
market. It's a services shop powered by five PhDs and a slew of
algorithms. Phone companies and advertisers provide Sense with raw data
on people's movements and behavior. Sense's mission is to transform
mountains of data into intelligence: what individuals will be most
likely to buy, or where they'll be when a craving hits.
Stephen_Baker  Sense_Networks  mobile  wireless  marketing  mobile_phones  geolocation  mapping  applications  geo-tracking  algorithms  PhDs  location_based_services 
april 2009 by jerryking
Finding Utility in the Jumble of Tweeted Thoughts - NYTimes.com
April 13, 2009 | New York Times | By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER. Article details useful, emerging, real-world Twitter applications.
twitter  applications 
april 2009 by jerryking

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