Your Wednesday Admissions Briefing: May 2, 2018

May 2, 2018

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Opinion: Affirmative action in education looks an awful lot like bigotry — especially to Asian-Americans

Thousands of Americans suffer discrimination today because of their national origin. They are cruelly barred, solely on account of where their ancestors were born, from realizing their dreams. This discrimination violates the Constitution and makes a mockery of civil rights-era legislation.


The Legacy of Legacy


For every student accepted to Harvard, nineteen others are rejected, making admissions a zero-sum game in which a set of criteria promoting a particular group will directly demote others. One such evaluation factor is legacy admissions: the practice of granting an admissions advantage to relatives of college alumni. A common defense for legacy admissions is that schools can recognize alumni and encourage alumni donations without compromising merit, by merely  breaking ties among equally qualified students. However, existing research demonstrates that legacy policy itself does not create more generous alumni donors, and unfairly privileges weak legacy applicants—those who would not get into comparable peer institutions—over minorities and low-income students who are underrepresented among legacy admits.



I taught at a nonselective New York City school. Your assumptions about low-scoring students are wrong.

It’s a modest proposal: Each middle school in New York City’s District 3 would offer a quarter of its seats to students who haven’t passed state exams. The plan, currently being debated, is supported by many district principals and parents. But not all. One mother said, with great emotion:

“You’re talking about an 11-year-old who worked her butt off and … didn’t get what you needed or wanted. You’re telling them you’re going to go to a school that’s not going to educate you in the same way you’ve been educated. Life sucks! Is that what the DOE wants to say?”


Spring break: a satirical perspective on college tours


During spring breaks all across the country, hundreds of juniors, sophomores and fifth graders make the annual migration to visit the campuses of various prestigious universities.

The college tour has inexplicably become a seemingly compulsory step in the college application process, particularly for students interested in competitive four-year schools. College University™ is one of these universities, with a highly selective acceptance rate of 0.0%. As such, its tours are some of the most popular in the country.


How families can get the best possible college financial aid

Tuesday is College Signing Day, when many high school students make their decision about where they’ll go to class in the fall. It’s not an easy decision, and financial aid is a significant variable in how that decision is made. But navigating the world of aid packages and loans can be confusing. With so much money on the line, how can a family know that an aid package is providing the most assistance possible?​

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