Admissions Revolution
Inside Higher Education
September 29, 2015
By Scott Jaschik

Eighty leading colleges and universities on Monday announced a plan to reverse a decades-long process by which colleges have -- largely through the Common Application -- made their applications increasingly similar.

Further, the colleges and universities are creating a platform for new online portfolios for high school students. The idea is to encourage ninth graders begin thinking more deeply about what they are learning or accomplishing in high school, to create new ways for college admissions officers, community organizations and others to coach them, and to help them emerge in their senior years with a body of work that can be used to help identify appropriate colleges and apply to them. Organizers of the new effort hope it will minimize some of the disadvantages faced by high school students without access to well-staffed guidance offices or private counselors.

The Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success site says
  • Portfolio and tools will open in January 2016. Portfolio and tools will open in January 2016.
  • Coalition Application will open in summer 2016.