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GUCC 2019

The Importance of ‘Fit’ in

Choosing Universities
Are Our Students Attending or Thriving at the College of
Their Choices?
Meet Clara
(Not her real name)

One of the top achieving students While she attended her classes
in school well and no significant issue on
her grades, she did not show
One of the executive leaders in enthusiasm over her study
the student government
Lost the interest to be active
Very positive, approachable, a outside class
positive influence among her
peer Not many friends – spend quite a
lot of time in the library
A quiet but active girl inside and
outside class She was confused what she
could do for summer and was not
Accepted by one of the top sure where to get help/advices
universities in California
What went wrong?
Could it have been avoided?
The Concept of “Fit”
According to Students and Parents
A “Fit” Over Rankings – Why
Engagements Matters More than
A Research Study By Stanford University’s Graduate
School of Education – Challenge Success
The study finds….
3 principal insights

Rankings are problematic

They measure a set of factors that
are weighted arbitrarily, drawn from data that are most
easily quantifiable and comparable, sometimes poorly
documented, and not always relevant to undergraduate

College selectivity does not Engagement is the key

define nor determine future
success How student spends his/her time in
college matters much more in the
The study finds no significant
relationship between student long run rather than the name of
the college itself
learning, future job-satisfaction or
well being
Let’s take a closer look

The metrics used – how are the

data being measured?
These  3  factors  
total  43%  of  the
long-term learning outcomes, student
happiness on campus, graduate
satisfaction, and civic engagement
are more relevant but not
easy to be quantified are missing
from these evaluations
The study shows
When students are
Future job satisfaction, engaged in classroom,
learning and students’ they increase their
general success are not curiosity, creativity and
determined by the initiative
selectivity of college
they choose to attend. When they are engaged
Students’ outside the classrooms
they improve their
characteristics do.
cognitive and
How then can we help our students as they move forward into their future

Educating our students

Educating our parents


Educating ourselves
Let’s discuss!
What are your challenges?
What do you do in your school to address this issue?
There are challenges we must aware

Culture norms and Marketing by

01 biases 02 universities

Limited school High school

03 resources to support 04 reputation to be
alumni research and maintained
Additional Resources
“At What Cost?: Defending Adolescent Development in Fiercely Competitive
Schools” by David L. Gleason, Psy.D.

"Great Jobs Great Lives” by Gallup, Inc

“The Campus Cure: A Parent's Guide to Mental Health and Wellness for College
Students” by Marcia Morris MD

“The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More
Control Over Their Lives” by William Stixrud PhD & Ned Johnson
Our Contacts
01 Angeline Ang
Sekolah Pelita Harapan

02 Heather Hendrickx
American International School,
Hong Kong

Frieda Marie Dietrich

03 American Embassy School,
New Delhi