A new book with the provocative title Affirmative Action for the Rich takes aim at legacy admissions, the policy by which the children of elite college graduates get preferential treatment when applying to the schools their parents attended.
Legacy admissions have always perpetuated ethnic and economic inequalities in American higher education, and they continue to exert a powerful effect on the demographics of many of the country’s most competitive colleges and universities. Anyone who wants to talk cogently about affirmative action, financial aid, or the impact of alumni giving on university governance needs to understand the legacy system.
And now you can. Because the authors of Affirmative Action for the Rich have boiled their thesis down to ten bullet points, and unlike most content posted at the Chronicle of Higher Education website, this piece isn’t subscribers-only.
Read Ten Myths About Legacy Preferences in College Admissions. Every senior administrator at your campus already has.