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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I personally think that college isn't for everyone, so the process of making them apply doesn't make sense.

  • Todd Tyrtle

    Interesting. I recently had the a discussion with my 15yo son which was quite the opposite to this idea. I told him to take the time he needs after high school to see the world, grow up, learn, travel, try things, and *then* go to university.

    I started university when I was 16 and in essence i did that because it was the next step to tick off on a list of what our culture expected me to do. I didn't do very well but despite that I ended up in a career related to what I studied and am pretty successful. However, had I hung back and done some serious pursuit of various passions I had, done some travel, or anything other than more of the same (but more intense), I would have likely ended up down a different path and if I went to university I suspect it would've been sometime in my mid 20's when I knew a bit more about who I was and what I wanted to do.

    Bad idea.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      I agree- I wish I had taken a gap year. I spent so much money on college and I feel like I should have taken the time to reevaluate and go to a community college first- to explore what I was interested in.

  • Cait Emma

    I think this is the worst idea. Not because I want to discourage students from applying to college, but because it isn't considerate to other students applying—in fact it is a disadvantage for other students applying.

    Getting into college is all about competition. It's no longer about yourself—what you've done, what your personal essays are about, what kind of GPA you have—it's about the entire pool of applicants a university has in a single enrollment period.

    So if there is a student in Oregon required to get accepted, (who doesn't really want to go to that school, or to college in general)—then they may have seriously compromised another student's opportunity who is applying for the right reasons. More applicants means less chances for getting in.

    Finally, application committees have to compare and contrast thousands and thousands of high school students. Corbett is wasting time, money, and resources of those committees. If I were applying to college again, I would want the committee to focus only on students who are really serious about applying—and not fear get nixed because a student is needlessly completing with me.

  • Liz Dwyer

    I'm curious to see how this plays out. Oregon passed this legislation a couple of years ago and I wasn't completely sold on it because merely making a student apply to college doesn't mean she'll be able to put together a good application—or that she'll actually decide to attend if she gets in.

    The original bill also didn't make any provisions for a college and career exploratory program—something that would help students actually understand why college is a good idea. And, if they aren't going to boost the number of high school guidance counselors to assist kids with the application process, kids who weren't thinking of college before this bill will only be going through the motions.

    It also doesn't address the fact that Oregon has the fourth worst high school graduation rate in the nation. I get that everyone wants kids to be ready for college or a career, but if only 68 percent of kids are even graduating, college or career is a moot point.