I doubt anything serious will come of this AP Wire announcement. Essay's under supervision? The cost of application would go up so high as to make the whole process unwieldly for schools that have a lot of prime candidates. For many schools, admisssion manpower is short handed as it. This sort of action would be unprecedented. Dental, Medical, and Law schools would all feel the reprecussions of such an action. Nice try, but not gonna happen. ===========================================
BOSTON Some of the nation's top business schools are looking for ways to shut out the growing number of consultants who coach applicants on essays and interviews.
Admission consultants charge M-B-A hopefuls up to three thousand dollars per application to elite schools such as Harvard, Stanford and Wharton.
But school officials are worried that they're not seeing authenticity.
Britt Dewey, managing director for M-B-A admissions at Harvard Business School, tells the Boston Globe that "what we really want to see is the candidates."
The deans of seven top business schools plan to discuss the issue at an upcoming gathering.
They are considering conducting multiple interviews, and requiring applicants to complete essays under supervision.
Consultants, some of whom are former admissions officers, insist they're helping clients find their voices.
“Our value is in helping the applicant match himself or herself to a school,” Linda Abraham, president of Accepted.com, a Los Angeles-based consulting firm, told the Globe. “We're not creating a generic application, and we're not fitting to a generic application.”
The use of consultants is more accepted at undergraduate and law schools. At the elite business schools, there is a stigma because the degrees translate to high-paying jobs. The Globe reported that business school applicants don't disclose their use of consultants.
Some consultants are organizing a panel to discuss their work at a Graduate Management Admissions Council meeting in San Francisco this spring.
“We're starting to get some recognition by business school admission committees that we exist, that we're not going away,” said Alex Brown, admissions counselor at ClearAdmit LLC in Philadelphia.