One of my kids, who shall remain nameless, provided me with a holiday wish list this year with clickable links that took me straight to the exact gift they wanted. At first, I was taken aback by it. It was quite an ambitious list! And the clickable links felt a bit forward, like I needed to get each gift on the list.
As I went through everything one-by-one, I started to realize that this is the modern-day holiday gift list of the next generation who is clear and intentional about what they want. In the end, I realized how helpful it was for me to know what to buy.
1. Colleges with applicant pools that are tens of thousands of applications deep should stop sending countless pieces of mail, emails, and fee waivers encouraging more students to apply.
2. Colleges need to be thoughtful when deferring or waitlisting students. If a student doesn't have a chance to be admitted, a deferral or a waitlist decision can string them along for months and give them false hope.
3. Eliminate racial, ethnic, religious, and disability discrimination from the admissions process.
4. Students should put a limit on the number of applications they submit and stick to it.
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5. Women in the workforce, specifically in higher education where they outnumber men, need to get paid what they deserve.
My child's holiday gift list was 20 items long. My list is only five. However, I could go on and on when it comes to things that need to change. For now, I will stop and not get too ahead of myself. New Year's is just around the corner. It is my hope that the next generation continues to be bold and intentional, ensuring that the college admissions world continues to adapt and become a model of equity for other industries to follow.