To continue the ‘Dogma bites Carlson’ dialogue

Hilary Caldis

Katie Garfield, I would like to comment on your thoughtful response to the article I wrote in regard to my experience as a student in the Carlson School of Management. I think you raise an interesting point about admissions needing to be less GPA-focused as a means of diversifying the student body. Given my limited knowledge of how the admissions process plays out, I do not wish to support or reject your comments. That being said, reflecting upon my own experience, I do not believe it was an exceptional ACT score that got me in. Rather, I think it may have had more to do with a previous international experience. I agree with you that in any admissions process, be it in the business school or any other department, it is important to look for a wide range of backgrounds, interests and skills to formulate a student body that will be engaged in fostering new ideas and understandings, and one that adequately represents society as a whole. Diversity in any setting, when embraced, yields important lessons for us all, no doubt. I have been concerned myself about the lack of diversity we are seeing campus-wide and am happy that you could take the time to bring this up. It is important that we continue to hold these dialogues if we wish to bring change to the current system in light of the issues that move us. Hilary Caldis University undergraduate student