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Charter picks freshmen for Vermont college

September 15, 2011

In an unusual arrangement, Southern Vermont College is outsourcing a small number of admissions decisions to the KIPP charter school network. College officials say the partnership was their idea.

“It’s very hard for a college to tell which vulnerable students will succeed,” SVC President Karen Gross tells USA Today. Gross sees the program as a way to “shift the admissions paradigm, so that sending institutions play a vastly bigger role.”

KIPP, which stands for Knowledge is Power Program, selected 17 members of this year’s incoming freshman class for the small four-year college. The students are all minorities and many are the first in their families to attend college.

SVC has pledged to provide mentors and academic support for the students and follow them through their college careers. Both institutions say they hope the program can become a model for admissions that give a higher priority to qualities like determination and hard work.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 15, 2011 9:00 pm

    You know, Feinstein High School used to send more kids than that every year to URI’s Talent Development program, but nobody wrote about it, nobody wrote a press release, maybe nobody in PPSD or URI administration even knew about it, nobody got or needed any extra funding, because it was just people doing their jobs. And when they decided to name the school “persistently low performing” and close it, nobody was really interested in what they’d accomplished.

    Just thought I’d mention that.

    • September 16, 2011 1:58 pm

      Tom, you make an excellent point. I think what makes this story different and noteworthy is that Southern Vermont College is actually turning admissions decisions over to the charter operator. In the case of URI’s Talent Development Program, the university maintains control over admissions for all of the high school students allowed into the program each year.

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