(Some people would in fact make that case, because the nonprofit worker, or journalist, or Hill staffer, or insert your choice of educateed-but-underpaid job here, has cultural capital and/or probably lives in a wealthier *area* even if they personally are not wealthy. You be the judge of whether that fits your personal understanding of working-class)
Northwestern students just love ousting their administration, truly a wildcat tradition
If this story is accurate, the Dean - Revamped the hiring process and pushed out HR people that didn't like the new way - Pushed out a person whose job was Twitter - Didn't make administrators help a student rent an apartment (?!?) - Does seem to have some unhelpful micromanagement tendencies, she should work on that
Reducing HR/marketing headcounts would be an unvarnished pro at 90% of higher ed institutions, the rental thing really is not an administrator's job when you're a large adult human, the micromanagement stuff seems bad but the headline writes some checks the reporting can't cash
If there's anything there that would give me pause before considering NU, it's the quotes from faculty (some do seem pretty upset and/or describe less-than-ideal management practices) but the framing of staffing changes in HR/marketing as some unthinkable wrong is nuts
Any idea what might be hurting your app? With a 3.8mid and 178 I'd expect you to have some offers (or at least waitlists rather than denials at UChicago/Michigan)
I wouldn't tell them you just want a T14. The schools want a reason you'll enroll there over their peer schools if you look competitive at both. If there is a school you would attend if admitted (other than Yale/Stanford, who assume that), that is worth putting in a LOCI.