I just stumbled across a good audio piece from the the National Public Radio (NPR). The subject is one that I speak to frequently with parents: the most selective colleges are flooded with applicants and the decision process is becoming more and more subjective.
The issue is this: with the number of high school graduates peaking this year or next (estimates vary) at 2.9 million students, the acceptance rates at the elite colleges (note that I did not say, "best colleges") is at all-time lows. This sellers' market is causing all kinds of 2nd and 3rd order effects, such as students applying for 20 or more schools. That in turn causes the school admissions officers to look beyond the numbers and the resume to such things as demonstrated leadership, cultural development and extraordinary accomplishments.
This NPR audio file is a little over 4 minutes long. It's well worth the time. Enjoy. And send me your comments.