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Friday, December 3, 2021

Other Voices: Injustice 101: End College Admissions By Inheritance

NEW YORK – Legacy for Colleges is a good-sounding name for a long-standing unfair practice to make it easier for the children of graduates to go to college. This is a club for boys and girls, where the sons and daughters of the Institution are ahead of other applicants with a stronger profile, strong scientists, extracurricular activities and diversity. It is used by most private colleges (as are many public schools); Exceptions are so rare, even in this age of social justice awakening, that they hit the headlines when the practice is abandoned.

Among the prominent universities, two notable exceptions are the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the California Institute of Technology, leading national academies of sciences. Mike Bloomberg, a public school student from Medford, Massachusetts, who entered Johns Hopkins not because of his father’s schooling, but because of his brains, later gave billions to his alma mater, allowing Hopkins to abandon his studies by inheritance.

Amherst College is new to the negligence club. But the legacy rejectionists are still a tiny minority.

Admissions officers value outdated tricks because they help them shape the incoming class with more confidence. If you offer a seat to an alum child, then that child is more likely to be enrolled than a newbie. Of course, this also helps to attract donor money; a mom or dad is more likely to give money to an alma mater if he or she thinks it will help the next generation get into school – or at least admissions officers probably think so.

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This is not an excuse to give the crowd support. We are not keen on affirmative action based on race; we would rather give impetus to the underprivileged and the first generation of college students. But even purely racial preferences aimed at diversifying the student population make more sense than traditional tactics.

The anti-legacy movement must gain momentum. This should start with schools being open about their enrollment rates for the children of graduates and everyone else. Stop pretending to be cute. Uncover the blood advantage you give so everyone can see you taunt the alleged meritocracy.

– New York Daily News

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