US colleges see new push to value “selfless behaviour” more heavily in admissions

January 21, 2016

While many US colleges already consider applicants’ extracurricular activities in the admissions process, some are taking further steps to reward “altruistic pursuits,” writes Eric Hoover for the Chronicle of Higher Education. A new campaign called "Turning the Tide" has already produced a report outlining how present-day colleges “have fueled a potentially harmful fixation on academic achievement” at the expense of caring for others. So far, more than 80 admissions officials from major US institutions have endorsed the campaign, yet critics claim that the initiative is little more than “a crusade to attack the ills of humanity” that exaggerates the self-absorption of today’s students. Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)