New Book Delivers Antidote To Commercialism's Stranglehold On College Admissions
Portland, OR, September 27, 2004

The Education Conservancy announces the release of College Unranked, a collection of poignant essays by prominent college presidents and admission deans offering a unified and authoritative indictment of the growing commercial influence in college admissions. Speaking beyond institutional self-interest, directly to the educational needs of students, these experts respond to the crisis in college admissions. Their candid and richly articulated insights represent the emergence of a powerful collective conscience-one that cuts through the hype, hysteria and confusion of contemporary admissions; that offers essential leadership, advice and inspiration to parents, students and college administrators; and that reclaims "Studenthood" as a precious resource. The editorial direction of The Education Conservancy's executive director, Lloyd Thacker, makes this a particularly timely and useful book.

Presidents and Deans Speak Out For Students: Affirming Educational Values in College Admissions
"...required reading for every parent, counselor and aspiring student...more honest helpful, and important than any guidebook or ranking magazine..."
Leon Botstein, President, Bard College

"The most important effort yet to yank back the college application/admission process ...and to restore it where it belongs: in the hands of students and parents."
Bob Laird, Former Director of Undergraduate Admission, UC Berkeley

"The truth might set you free!...Full of excellent observations and advice."
Richard H. Shaw, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Yale University

"...crucial information...a most significant work for this generation."
Frank D. Sachs, Director of College Counseling, The Blake School

College Unranked will be showcased during the national conference of The National Association for College Admission Counseling in Milwaukee, WI, 9/30 - 10/3/04. The book is available online at

About the Education Conservancy
Located in Portland, Oregon, The Education Conservancy is a non-profit organization committed to supporting the educational needs of students, high schools and colleges in college admissions. We advance sound educational practices for all participants in college admissions; we deliver appropriate advice, advocacy and services.

Further inquiries can be made to:

Lloyd Thacker, The Education Conservancy
Telephone: (503) 290-0083
Fax: (503) 973-5252