Sunday, November 20, 2011

Why Do Top Schools Still Take Legacy Applicants?

Why Do Top Schools Still Take Legacy Applicants? NYTimes: Room for Debate

The children of alumni still have an edge getting into Ivy League schools, even with the oversupply of talented applicants. Why is that?

Affirmative Action for the Rich Richard D. Kahlenberg, Century Foundation
Legacy preferences aren't necessarily associated with increased generosity, and they disproportionately benefit wealthy white students.

How Do You Define Merit? Terry L. Shepard and Debra J. Thomas, higher education administrators
State universities favor in-state children because of their taxpaying parents; shouldn't alumni donors be given a similar preference?

Bad for Diversity John C. Brittain, law professor, University of the District of Columbia School of Law
Despite 50 years of affirmative action, children of African-American and Latino alumni of elite colleges remain underrepresented in the legacy pool.

Respect for Tradition Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, president emeritus, George Washington University
It is foolish to ignore the benefit that appropriate prudently applied legacy admissions can serve in crafting a freshman class.

Hard-Core Economics Peter Sacks, author, "Tearing Down the Gates"
Elite institutions have an implicit bargain with their alumni that essentially says, 'You give us money, and we will move your kid to the front of the line.'

Athletes Are the Problem Michele Hernandez, college admissions consultant
We shouldn't worry about legacies, but about the recruited athletes, whose academic records are often well below a school's standards.

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