Fairness in College Admissions

Document created by James Chao on Mar 29, 2019Last modified by James Chao on Apr 2, 2019
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This month, March 2019, we have heard a lot about celebrity indictments of illegal schemes to get children admitted into prestigious schools in the US.  It was then reported how the wealthy have long legally bought their kid's college admissions.

The illegal means should be prosecuted and involve such schemes as  substitute test taking, bribing college coaches to get spots saved for athletic sports that they do not play, and other related bribes.

In this discussion, I would like to hear from the scientific community about the role of "legal"  means for the wealthy to gain admissions which has been characterized as 1.) legacy admissions 2.) massive donations to schools 3.) athletics.  It has been estimated, for example, that at some institutions, one out of six admissions are set aside for legacy admissions.  A legacy admission is an effort to offer seats to alumni, or faculty family.  The massive donations are for donations for buildings, programs, named chairs, etc. Highly recruited athletes are given spots outside of the normal admissions process.  What do you think?  Should these legal means be changed in society?  If we think it is unfair, do we think that chemists or scientists have any standing to cry foul?

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