After Affirmative Action: A New Era of College Admissions


by Jesse Plunkett Posted on 11 months ago


In the wake of the Supreme Court's recent decision to strike down Affirmative Action's racial and ethnic preferences in college admissions, prestigious universities across the United States are grappling with a new challenge. With the phasing out of objective criteria such as standardized testing and race, these institutions are now overwhelmed with applicants and are seeking innovative ways to identify top-tier students.

The Supreme Court's ruling has necessitated a shift in the admissions process, marking the end of an era where Affirmative Action played a significant role in shaping the student body. This decision has sparked a renewed focus on subjective criteria, with universities increasingly emphasizing personal qualities and experiences. The question now is: how can universities effectively identify the students who are academically capable, diverse, and truly passionate about their institution?

One answer lies in the power of high-quality references from educators and community leaders. These references can provide a unique insight into a student's character, work ethic, and commitment to their community. They can attest to a student's passion for learning, their resilience in the face of challenges, and their potential to contribute positively to the university community. In essence, these references can paint a vivid picture of a student that goes beyond grades and test scores.

Moreover, university-targeted application essays are becoming increasingly important. These essays allow students to express their specific interest in a university, demonstrating their understanding of the institution's values and culture, and articulating how they envision contributing to the university community. This personalized approach helps universities identify students who are genuinely passionate about their institution, rather than those who are simply applying to multiple prestigious universities in the hope of being accepted by one.

SafeHire allows students to apply to universities with university-targeted e-portfolios, including video pitches and validated testimonials from educators and community leaders. While essays can provide valuable insights, they may not fully capture a student's passion, and there's a growing awareness among admissions offices that AI like ChatGPT often contributes to their creation.

In contrast, a video pitch offers a more authentic platform to students to express their enthusiasm and share their story with greater impact. This gives admissions officers a more holistic view of the applicant, helping them to identify students who are truly passionate about their institution.

Meanwhile, the validated testimonials provide a reliable and efficient way for universities to evaluate references. Educators and community leaders can upload their testimonials directly to the platform, where they are verified for authenticity. This not only saves time for admissions officers but also ensures that the references are trustworthy and relevant.

In conclusion, the recent changes in college admissions have created new challenges for universities, but they have also opened up new opportunities. By focusing on personal qualities and passion, universities can identify students who are genuinely interested in their institution and who have the potential to make a positive contribution to the university community. With SafeHire, this process can be made more efficient and effective, benefiting both universities and students.

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