2011 November

Chicago Tribune


Holiday SOS: “If you don’t want to be the suffering servant [this holiday season], then you need to ask for help,” says Samuel Gladding, professor and chair of the counseling department at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. “And if you don’t want to have resentment instead of turkey for Thanksgiving, you need to do something.” So how do you move from resentful martyr to sociable delegater? Recast the roles some people play. Think about tasks you would like help with (go ahead, make a list) and those you don’t (you always hate it when noncooks try to help while you’re cooking). Season with a sense of humor. Then ask — before the event. “The most effective way is to give an invitation rather than a demand,” says Gladding, who advises to keep the tone light. “So it’s ‘We’d really like to have you come to Thanksgiving, but we need some help since there will be a number of us. Could you bring the corn pudding?’ It’s kind of an inquiry; it’s kind of an invitation; it’s kind of ‘We really need some help on this.'”

The Washington Post


Is the SAT the best way to spend Saturday? “Admissions officers are charged by our institutions with the recruitment and selection of the students who will most enrich our respective collegiate communities,” writes Martha Allman, dean of admissions at Wake Forest University in a guest post about the test-optional movement. “Those of us who are more seasoned often refer to our profession as ‘a mixture of art and science.’ Predictive modeling and market research can certainly inform decision-making but, in reality, much depends on past experience and gut instinct. Depending on your perspective, it’s either witchcraft or magic. How is it, then, that we are to successfully carry out our charge when 17-year-olds will be 17-year-olds? Though we know the best indicator of their performance in college is academic record, how can we quantify our predictions?…”

The New York Times

A New Book Argues Against the SAT: When Wake Forest University announced three years ago that it would make the SAT optional for its undergraduate applicants, among those cheering was Joseph Soares, a sociology professor at the university. Mr. Soares has channeled his enthusiasm for Wake Forest’s decision — as well as for similar policies at several hundred other colleges — into a new book, “SAT Wars,” that argues for looking beyond standardized test scores in college admissions. (The book was published last month by Teachers College Press.)

“The SAT and ACT are fundamentally discriminatory,”  Mr. Soares said in a phone interview last week.…