College Admissions as Conspiracy Theory

We in higher education have struggled to uphold a social contract that requires us to serve the public good when, at the same time, our success is often measured by the number and qualifications of the applicants that we exclude. We will never escape that conundrum because the demand for access to our best institutions is far greater than the supply. With growing frequency, reports that analyze admissions practices are highlighting the inequities inherent in selectively dispensing precious