The real college-admissions scam is the university system itself. | City Journal

Colleges should adopt a transparent, purely merit-based admissions system based on quantified tests of academic preparedness. Such a system would guarantee that entering freshmen were all equally prepared to compete academically, and would have the additional benefit of putting most college admissions officers out of a job. These self-important bureaucrats view themselves as artistes, using their exquisite insights into character to curate a utopian community of “diverse” individuals. The Harvard racial-preferences trial put such airs on nauseating display. In fact, admissions officers are simply allocating a scarce resource based on their own prejudices and inclinations. via www.city-journal.org This is absolutely true. The federal government should make adopting such an admissions policy a condition of getting any federal money. It's a blunt instrument but it would result in much more real diversity, among other advantages, than the present policy.

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