October 28, 2004
James Fallows, The Atlantic Monthly
Christopher Avery, Harvard University
Bruce Poch, Pomona College.
The College Admissions Race: Who Wins? What is Lost?
A discussion about inequalities and challenges in college admissions at elite institutions.
James Fallows is National Correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, where he has played a lead role in stimulating public interest in issues of college admissions. His several books embrace foreign affairs, media criticism and flying. He won the 1983 National Book Award for his book National Defense. His article about the consequences of victory in Iraq, “The Fifty First State?” won the 2003 National Magazine Award for Public Interest. Mr. Fallows chairs the board of the New America Foundation.
Christopher Avery is Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He studies rating and selection mechanisms, focusing on the college admissions system. He wrote The Early Admissions Game (2003), co-authored with Andrew Fairbanks and Richard Zeckhauser. He co-founded COACH, a mentoring program in which university students assist public high school students with the college application process.
Bruce Poch is the Vice President and Dean of Admissions at Pomona College, where he has been since 1987. Formerly, he was Associate Dean of Admissions at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. In addition to speaking and writing on college admissions, Mr. Poch has served on advisory committees to the College Board on issues of testing and advanced placement.