[AEI 60s] After the college admission scandal: a proposal
The Department of Justice
has uncovered a sprawling college admissions scandal.
While condemnation has justifiably rained down on the rich parents who paid bribes,
the colleges in question are equally culpable.
College staff were complicit in these schemes
or asleep at the switch.
These same colleges won’t abolish legacy admissions
or stop reserving seats for the kids of big donors.
If admissions offices can’t detect corruption
and colleges can’t stop selling access,
maybe colleges can’t be trusted to judge merit fairly.
So, here’s a modest proposal:
Elite colleges can put their money where their mouth is
when they talk about democratizing opportunity,
take a page out of the K-12 charter school playbook
and switch to lottery admissions.
Any applicant with a high school credential
would have an equal shot at admission.
Admittedly, this would be a huge blow to the prestige of elite colleges,
a pain for corporate HR departments
and a giant bummer for the college prep industry.
But I think we’d survive.
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