Universities Appeal to Homeschoolers

It’s far past time to move beyond the one-size-fits-all approach to education. Some students, for example, do very well in a homeschooled environment. And it turns out that universities are taking notice.

The Washington Post runs an article about the growing number of universities that are making efforts to attract and evaluate homeschooled students:

The U.S. Department of Education reports that 1.1 million, or 2.2 percent of all students in the nation, are homeschooled.

Some private colleges have eagerly recruited those students for years and tailored application processes to include them. Homeschoolers still face challenges when applying to many public universities, but their chances of being considered are improving.

In 2000, 52 percent of all colleges in the country had a formal evaluation policy for applications from homeschoolers, said David Hawkins, director of public policy for the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

Four years later, the number jumped to 83 percent. During that time, 45 percent of colleges reported receiving more applications from homeschoolers, he said.

The Post also points out that people homeschool for a number of reasons.

Source: Homeschoolers Find University Doors Open, Washington Post, March 6, 2007

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