Students Kim Banford and Andrew Snow, Dean Shirley Collado, Professor Murray Dry, and Dean of Admissions Greg Buckles.
Affirmative action is an extraordinarily sensitive and difficult topic to discuss. While often times uncomfortable and tense, the remarks made by the panelists ultimately sparked a passionate and thoughtful discussion that truly got at the heart of the issue. Personal reflections from both students and faculty contributed to a lively discussion that, while charged, challenged our perceptions of race and diversity on this campus and the viability of affirmative action in achieving these goals. Many left the room feeling as though the discussion was just getting started, and while it is unfortunate that we all had to leave, we can only hope that these conversations continue now.
Several of our writers attended the event, their thoughts after the jump:
The “How Did You Get Here?” project is back. Each year for the past few years, four students have been selected to be Fellows in Narrative Journalism for which they interview other Middlebury students about their lives leading up to arriving at Midd and then edit the interviews into audio vignettes. One such vignette that I did last year on Sopheak Chheng ’11.5 can be watched below, and you can visit the Middlebury Magazine website to see the rest of the videos from last year (finally).
An application to do it this year was sent out earlier this week in an all-campus email. The deadline to send in your application is this Sunday, September 18th.
This morning you waited anxiously, for that moment when you would discover whether or not you could swing your nalgene low, go green on the side, roll your jeans up high, with your Teva strap tight and your flannel so fly. That moment when you would discover whether or not you were a MiddKid. And then the time finally came and it said:
Woohoo! Congratulations class of 2015 and 2015.5! MiddBlog would like to be among the first to wish you a warm welcome into the Middlebury community. We know that you will have tough decisions to make in the next couple weeks, so good luck! Obviously we would love to have you, but we know there are a ton of fantastic schools out there.
In the next couple days, we’ll try to keep this post updated with the latest information on acceptance, including more details about the 2015 class, as well as links to Facebook groups that will help you meet some of your future classmates. In the meantime, look at some snazzy admissions videos of our beautiful school or start to get yourself acclimated to Midd with MiddBlog’s Unofficial Orientation. Congrats again!
Also, Middlebury will be hosting Preview Days for all admitted students April 13th-15th. Come stay with a student and see the school in action! (A note to current students: the school needs as many students to host as possible! If you are interested, check out go/hosting.)
EDIT 3/29: The Welcome Site.
Today, the Middlebury Admissions Office launched five new videos to showcase the campus in the fields of Environment, Worldview, Student Life, Community, and Academic Life. The videos were co-produced by Fieldwork Pictures and the Office of Communications.
Watch the likes of Ben Wessel, Sarah Chapin, Chris de la Cruz, Chime Dolma, and Anne Runkel as they give us a glimpse into life at Middlebury. (It’s also really fun to see if you or one of your friends makes a cameo…)
SAT guides abound
Dean of Admissions Bob Clagett’s post today on the New York Times‘ “The Choice” blog adds some useful perspective to our discussion last week of SAT scores and educational evaluation. From the blog:
Too many prospective applicants obsess far too much about the role of their SAT or ACT scores in the admissions process. In fact, those scores are seldom a deal maker or breaker.
…Test scores fundamentally provide colleges with the roughest possible measure of your potential for academic success in college, and their predictive value usually declines over time. But they don’t tell us much about your intellectual “fire in the belly,” and that’s what our faculties want in their classrooms. That’s why your high school grades, and the rigor of the academic program in which they are achieved, are a much better long-term predictor of your potential for academic success.
As I’ve said before, I’m very happy to have chosen a college that has an admissions process guided by this approach. Feel free to comment if you disagree or have more information to contribute to this discussion.