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Daniel Rivera

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 14:05

Hi Rachel,

You certainly covered the most important main points of Dr. Hookey's presentation and current research. One thing that continues to stick out to me is that a reference letter writer, depending on experience or additional knowledge, might be more skillful in the craft or 'code' of reference than another applicant's and potentially put the applicant they are writing for at an advantage. Theoretically, standardization could help ameliorate this, but I wonder whether you think that even with standardization, as it is currently proposed, the skill of the reference letter writer can be completely controlled for. As Dr. Hookey mentioned, whatever changes are made to improve the application process, there always seems to be an associated shift in courses or preparation strategy that puts some applicants at a greater advantage - do you think with standardization, as it has been proposed, this will also occur (i.e. people finding ways to become better at tackling standardized letters)? Theoretically, it seems as though it shouldn't, but what about in practice? Can standardization perfect in the world of reference writing?

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Daniel Rivera

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