Chapter 5Selecting, Prioritizing, and Monitoring Change Initiatives

Pity the admissions committee at Harvard College, the undergraduate division of Harvard University. More than 34,000 young men and women applied for acceptance to the college's graduating class of 2016. Of these, about half scored 700 or higher (out of a possible 800) on the math Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Nearly as many scored that well on the other two SAT sections, critical reading and writing. About 3,800 applicants ranked number one in their high school class. The vast majority were qualified to do the work at Harvard. However, the college could accept only a little more than 2,000, or about 6 percent of applicants. Talk about selection difficulties.

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