Wait, Will Anyone Investigate Legacy Admissions?

Eric Hoover, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Aug 04, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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A lot of what enables Americcan universties to discriminate against the disadvanged would persist even if they were to eliminate legacy admissions, writes Eric Hoover. But it nnetheless strikes the reader as odd that there is opposition to selection by race while admission by parentage remains largely unopposed.  "We don’t see challenges to legacies because the vast majority of legacies are wealthy whites," says Marybeth Gasman, a professor of education at the University of Pennsylvania. "They benefit and won’t challenge the system." This of course speaks to the core purpose of the institution: to protect, and not disrupt, privilege.

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