Should colleges only embrace and seek out the leaders?

Published: Monday, Feb. 3 2014 9:45 a.m. MST

Nursing students attend a pharmacology class at Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, in Portland, Ore. A predicted national shortage of nurses in the next decade could be made worse by a shortage of the experienced nurses who train them at community colleges and universities around the country. In response, nursing education leaders from 11 states are gathering in Portland this week to find ways to boost the number of faculty in nursing programs. Colleges across the nation, including top ones like Harvard and Yale, are always searching for natural leaders, according to a recent article on The Atlantic.

Rick Bowmer, Associated Press

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Colleges across the nation — including top ones like Harvard and Yale — are always searching for natural leaders, according to a recent article in The Atlantic. But this might hinder the diversity among college students as those who are “a ‘natural follower,’ a ‘natural team player,’ a ‘natural lone wolf,’ ” aren’t being respected by all in American culture, wrote Tara Isabella Burton for The Atlantic.

"College admissions has come a long way in recognizing how candidates from different backgrounds and different levels of opportunity might present themselves differently,” Burton wrote.“But so too it’s worth looking at the context of the personal qualities admissions officers value. Do we need a graduating class full of leaders? Or should schools actively seek out diversity in interpersonal approaches — as they do in everything else?

Read the full article at TheAtlantic.com.

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