Ugh, maybe I'm not glad they posted it anymore. It seems to be bringing out all of the morons in the online comment sections...it is one thing to recognize that this is the right move and the one that is most in keeping with the traditions of academia. It as another to assume this is some grandiose victory against "evil SJWs" and a win for your bigoted ideology. These commenters would never get into the school, and would probably hate it if they did...but the way I am seeing this article get written about in some conservative media makes me sad.
Originally Posted by dopey
This must be getting a lot of attention. My daughter sent it to me earlier. Speaking of which, a few months ago she sent me on her behalf to the Chicago room at her school's college fair while she went was covering some other program. There was no rep from the University itself, just a Chicago alum who also graduated from the same High School, so we weren't getting the official view, but I was told that Chicago saw itself as, and was, among the last hold-outs of serious education left in academia. He loved it when the kid next to me asked if Chicago would be a good place if he was interested in being an investment banker..
Chicago's a funny place. I have a lot of respect for their take on a "liberal education"--large and wide set of core requirements, no job-specific pre-professional programs (jouralism, engineering, business, etc.), and a focus on education as a way of becoming a better person rather than simply a credential that leads to a job. It still has a lot of that, but it has also changed a lot in the past decade.
They pride themselves on being a bit weird and different...their application literally used to be called the "Uncommon Application" until one year they said fuck it and decided to start accepting the Common App (and now accept two other generic applications as well). They kept the tradition of weird essay prompts, but the Common App brought with it a noticeable shift in the demographics of applicants. Used to be a very self selecting applicant pool...school was a top school with something like a 40% admissions rate. Lots of people thought the school sounded too weird or too challenging and simply didn't apply (especially not if you have to go fill out some separate weirdo application).
Nowadays they are seeing something like <8% admit rates as the applicant pool surged. Sure, they still just stamp Rejected on the applications of most of the kids who aren't very "U of C", but enough of them get in that you can see the student body shifting and reverting to the mean of the student bodies at the rest of the top 10 schools.
And I know plenty of chicago grads who did the banking thing...