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The Merit Myth

How Our Colleges Favor the Rich and Divide America

Posted: May 26, 2020
Author(s): Anthony P. Carnevale, Peter Schmidt, Jeff Strohl
Organization(s): Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce presents a framework for system-wide change with policy recommendations including:

  • End the overreliance on the SAT and ACT, since GPA has been shown to be a better predictor of academic success
  • Halt legacy admissions, as they do no more than perpetuate the insularity of selective colleges
  • Require every college to have at least 20% low-income students (Pell Grant recipients)
  • Strike a balance between class-based and race-based affirmative action
  • Evaluate colleges based on their outputs—graduates’ income, ability to find a good job, and increase in social mobility—rather than their selectivity and the academic profile of their incoming class
  • Treat high school, college, and careers as one system
  • Improve career counseling, and elevate the role of these counselors in colleges

For more on THE MERIT MYTH, including ordering options, visit cew.georgetown.edu/MeritMyth.


Related:
Groups Call on CSU to Drop SAT Scores in Admissions | Public News Service | May 26, 2020
California State University suspends SAT/ACT testing for 2021-22 admissions | Daily Democrat | April 17, 2020