Legacy Admissions

Legacy Admissions

Colleges call them “legacy admissions,” high school students who get admission preference because their parents are rich alumni. A new publication edited by Richard D. Kahlenberg calls them what they are: Affirmative Action for the Rich.

Mr. Kahlenberg also has a related article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, “10 Myths About Legacy Preferences in College Admissions.” It and the book have caused quite a stir:

“Legacy of Bias,” Scott Jaschik, InsideHigherEd.com

“‘Affirmative Action for the Rich,'” Jacques Steinberg, New York Times blog.

“Why College Admission Legacies are a Crock,” Lynn O’Shaughnessy, CBS Money Watch.

Students who got to Harvard through their own efforts aren’t keen on legacy prefernces either:

 “Dissent: Advantages for the Advantaged,” Adrienne Y. Lee, The Harvard Crimson.


Image (“Harvard Legacy Admissions”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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