Cutthroat Admissions and Rising Inequality: A Vicious Duo

Cutthroat Admissions and Rising Inequality: A Vicious Duo 1

Michael Gibbs for The Chronicle Review

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Michael Gibbs for The Chronicle Review

A common theme in discussions of the American higher-education system is the increasing intensity of the struggle for admission to elite colleges. The Chronicle has given plenty of attention to this theme, noting the bias in favor of the wealthy created by early admissions, looking at schemes to game the system and at how such gaming might be turned to social advantage, and reporting on how to survive the ordeal.

The struggle is often presented as the product of wrongheaded