Continuing the Debate Over Admission Preferences

by George Leef

In today’s Pope Center piece, Notre Dame philosophy professor James Sterba responds to the piece I wrote back in October about the forum at Pomona College where we discussed the advisability of adopting preferential admission policies to increase the numbers of students from lower socioeconomic status. Included after his arguments is my rejoinder.

After reading Professor Sterba’s piece, I remain convinced that “affirmative action” — whether to achieve “better racial balance” or to bring more students from poorer family backgrounds into the supposedly elite colleges — has minimal, mostly illusory benefits that come with substantial costs.