Harold O. Levy in The Hill: Value Merit over Money in Admissions
Higher education is commonly understood as the key to social mobility, but as Executive Director Harold O. Levy describes in The Hill, talented students from low-income families have the deck stacked against them. Some institutions have identified this issue and begun making progress towards recruiting, enrolling, and supporting high-achieving students with financial need. In this latest opinion piece, Levy highlights the strategies of Amherst College, the 2016 winner of the Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence.
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Money shouldn’t outweigh merit in college admissions
Colleges and universities are supposed to be engines of social mobility where smart students from poor families get ahead based on their hard work, persistence and abilities. It’s sad that many colleges have lost their way and are primarily admitting students already destined for success because of their wealth and family connections.
Too often, money outweighs grades, test scores and resilience in determining the future of talented young people. One of the best predictors of how far children will go in school in America today is the wealth of their families. Continue reading…