Federal judge’s Harvard ruling was the right one — but here’s why it will have little impact on who is offered admission

October 10, 2019 | The Hechinger Report

Sensational storylines aside, both the lawsuit brought against Harvard last fall and the “Operation Varsity Blues” scandal that swept universities this spring captured the public’s attention in part because they challenged the notion that college admission, at its core, is based on merit.

I applaud the Federal judge’s decision that race may be used as a factor in holistic admission. But the ruling in Harvard’s favor underscores the importance of holistic practices in a meritocratic system without addressing the real weakness in the system: The rising cost of higher education has increased the bias in the college admissions process toward wealthy families.

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