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‘Fair Practices’ in Admissions

By Eric Hoover

Some people call them crucial enrollment-management tools for these uncertain times. Others call them big, bloated symbols of institutional priorities gone wild. Either way, more colleges are using them: wait lists.

According to the 2011 “State of College Admission” report released today by National Association for College Admission Counseling, 48 percent of institutions surveyed used a wait list for fall 2010, up from 39 percent the previous year. Forty-two percent of colleges reported that they placed more applicants on wait lists last year than they did in 2009.

On average, the survey found, colleges offered to put 10 percent of their applicants in the admissions version of suspended animation in 2010, and about half of those applicants decided to stay there. In the end, colleges admitted 28 percent of wait-listed students, on average, down from 34 percent in 2009. Not surprisingly, the most selective colleges plucked relatively few applicants out of limbo, admitting just 11 percent of them, on average.

Continued at: http://chronicle.com/blogs/headcount/fair-practices-in-admissions/29027

Read the report: http://www.nacacnet.org/PublicationsResources/Research/Documents/2011SOCA.pdf

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