In “Legacy of Bias”, published today on Inside Higher Ed, writer Scott Jaschik discusses a new book released from the Century Foundation and published by the Brookings Institution Press entitled Affirmative Action for the Rich. The book concludes that legacy admissions have not only expanded considerably in just the last 20 years but also disproportionality manifest a racial and class component.
The article also discusses the quite prescient book which was the result of a Pulitzer-Prize winning series in the Wall Street Journal: The Price of Admission: How America’s Ruling Class Buys Its Way into Elite Colleges–and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates (Three Rivers Press, 2007). Written by then Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Golden (now with Bloomberg News), the book analyzes the data and details the many ways in which legacy admissions are detrimental to the overall health of our educational system and, by extension, our society.
Read an excerpt from The Price of Admission by clicking here.