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dim kids of the ivy league, part 2

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A long time ago, I wrote about the common knowledge in higher education research that many students at Ivy League schools do not qualify and are there for political reasons. This tweet from journalist James Murphy captures some recent data on the percentage of students admitted on “legacy.” It is very, very large. It overshadows athletes, affirmative action and other non-academic admits.

Quick take: I think you can make legitimate criticisms of athletes and affirmative action admits. But if you do, you really then have to confront the biggest issue in admission – legacies. Are you ready to do that?

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Written by fabiorojas

September 5, 2017 at 12:27 am

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  1. Stat is wrong and misleading – The Crimson misreported their data, and the data don’t line up with how Harvard does legacy admissions per policy. Details here: https://scatter.wordpress.com/2017/09/02/guest-post-legacy-admissions-vs-familial-capital-and-the-importance-of-precision/

    The larger point mostly holds but as the guest post notes, we need to be clear about what’s the problem with admissions policy specifically vs unequal family resources more generally.

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    Dan Hirschman

    September 5, 2017 at 1:01 am

  2. I appreciate the correction. And the link – the article clarifies much. And yes, privilege is out there.

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    fabiorojas

    September 5, 2017 at 4:48 pm


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