A Modest Proposal Regarding College Admissions
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Colleges have shown themselves unable or unwilling to maintain the integrity of the admissions process, with abundant concerns about fraudulent applications, “legacy” admissions, and the special treatment of wealthy benefactors. This is particularly troubling at selective colleges, whose diplomas provide a fast pass to professional success and economic well-being. Given that, here is a modest proposal for instittuions of higher education which regard themselves as engines of opportunity: adopting a system of lottery admissions, which treats equally all applicants who have earned a high school diploma (or its equivalent).