Mon 24 Nov 2008
This thread raises the question about what attributes of the junior adviser/entry system are unique to Williams, at least among elite colleges/universities. Short answer: I don’t know! Long answer: Here are my guess as to items that are unique.
1) JAs are not paid by Williams.
2) JAs receive no non-pay compensation (i.e., room and board).
3) JAs are selected by other students, the Junior Adviser Selection Committee.
4) JAs are co-ed paired.
5) The 12:1 (?) student:JA ratio is very low.
6) There are many more applicants (100-150) for the JA position then there are spots available (52).
7) Since JAs are not employees of the College, they have many fewer obligations vis-a-vis reporting requirements then they otherwise would have.
8) JAs have an especially strong identity as JAs. They are much more cohesive as a group then students holding similar positions at other schools.
Am I sure that these are unique to Williams? No. For all I know, the system at Bates or Stanford is exactly the same. Do our readers know which, if any, of these items are unique to Williams? Are there unique aspects that I am forgetting? Perhaps we could begin by listing schools that have any of these aspects.
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