College Admissions Side Doors
Don Hossler and Jerry Lucido, Inside Higher Ed
At virtually every four-year university that denies admission to some of its applicants there are “side doors” for admission for the children of donors. At less selective public flagship universities and at regional public and private colleges, there are applicants whose parents have made donations, albeit usually smaller amounts, parents who are influential at regional and local levels, and athletes who get admitted through side doors while first-generation and low- and/or moderate-income applicants with similar credentials are denied.
It's time to confront the reality of everyday privilege, write Don Hossler and Jerry Lucido. A failure to act may result in government regulation, they warn.