Sunday, August 03, 2008

Couldn't have said it better myself ...

I just noticed this on the ALM/Biotechnology admissions page:
Because most of our students are experienced professionals, we believe an applicant’s ability to do honors-level work at Harvard is a more relevant predictor of academic success than standardized test scores or undergraduate grade point averages. Thus, a prerequisite of admission is the successful completion of three courses from the program curriculum.
What a great way to describe admissions at the Extension School. Note that "successful completion" means a B or better in each of the three classes, and in order to graduate, students have to maintain a 3.0 grade point average. In other words, it's a meritocracy, from matriculation to graduation. Students who can't cut the coursework won't be admitted, and those who can't complete the thesis and other requirements won't get a degree.

I wish the Extension School could use this text on the admissions page for the Liberal Arts ALM programs, but relatively few of us can be considered experienced professionals, and even those of us who are often study academic subjects outside of our career backgrounds.

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