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EWA​, the professional organization dedicated to ​strengthening the community of education ​writers and improving the ​quality of education coverage ​to better inform the public, hosts ​a weekly podcast featuring lively interviews with journalists.

Jan 27, 2016

A new report from a coalition of educators suggests it’s time to rein in ambitious students (and their families) when it comes applying to the nation’s top colleges and universities.

Leslie Brody of the Wall Street Journal talks with EWA public editor Emily Richmond about her reporting on the group’s recommendations, which include urging schools (and parents) to put a greater focus on developing well-rounded students who demonstrate a commitment to the public good, rather than padding their resumes with personal achievements.

But will this clarion call carry any weight? How are colleges and universities already rethinking admissions practices with an eye toward greater diversity, especially on the socioeconomic and racial fronts? And how does this fit into the forthcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision on affirmative action? Brody also offers some smart follow-up questions for local reporters to ask of higher education leaders in their own communities.