I sat through a Canadian college webinar. The presenters said UBC hired an American as admission chief and their process is slowly converging towards the American standard, i.e. more of a “holistic” approach than just looking at grades. It hasn’t affected the other big name schools yet.
I think the Big 4 Canadian CS schools: UBC, Toronto, Waterloo and McGill have very good brand recognition here in the Bay. Although I did hear Toronto is pretty brutal towards their undergrad. Overcrowded and not a lot of handholding, like a UC school.
“Average ACT scores have declined every year since 2018, while the share of students failing to meet college readiness standards in any of its four subject areas — English, math, reading and science — has increased by 7 percentage points. With the exception of Asian students, teens of every race perform worse now than they did five years ago.”
I don’t think anyone should be surprised by this. Studies show Asians are the strongest believers that hard work is rewarded.
Again, this is just the first step or hurdle your kid(s) will face in life. So, should they stop? Of course, not!!! Like I said before, I would rather take a hungry, public university grad over a lazy ivy leaguer any day.
But why bother with school? Do you really need to know World history if you’re going to be working as a carpenter or a barista or start your own company even? Why waste your time? Go get a job.
And frankly, if you want to improve your chances at getting into schools - any schools - take up a hobby, and get really good at sports. The schools aren’t interested in the nerds unless they have a lot of extracurriculars. (Which is really the point of the article isn’t it?)
Well, I think you would agree that college curriculum can be way more defined towards your major. The problem still is that some companies, like the one I work for, will not look at you if you have no college diploma. Have to still play the game until the game is completely changed…
Just got back from visiting my son in Canada. He says that in Canada, people apply to 3-4 colleges, not the 16-25 that non-minority US students now have to do just to ensure they have somewhere to go. They were completely shocked at what US students are going through.
Not only is it less stressful (and their applications don’t necessarily require you to do the essays either - you only get dinged a couple of points on your application if you don’t), but you know where you stand because your admissions are evaluated mostly on your grades (with a weighted adjustor for how hard your school is), so you pretty much know where you should and shouldn’t apply.
It’s like out of a dystopian novel in the US - the most advanced students with perfect GPAs are the ones who aren’t getting into college…
My niece has a history degree from Yale. Cost maybe $200k. She is 39 and makes jewelry in her parents basement. Pretty much can’t support herself. I don’t understand why loans are given to students that choose majors that aren’t needed and don’t pay a living wage. The only choice for people with these liberal arts degrees to possibly make real big money is law school. And only half of law school students actually get jobs as lawyers.