Harvard’s ‘Legacy’ Preferences Are a National Disgrace

Students on the campus of Harvard University in 2009 (Brian Snyder/Reuters)
Opponents of affirmative action should be twice as mad about this.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he lawsuit against Harvard claiming it discriminates against Asian applicants may or may not succeed. But even if it fails, it has done the great public service of revealing how the school’s admissions process works behind the scenes.

The school was forced to turn its admissions data over to an expert witness for the plaintiffs: Duke economist Peter Arcidiacono, who analyzed the data and found that Asian applicants are far less likely to be admitted than white applicants with the same academic credentials. And now, using numbers the suit has made publicly available, Arcidiacono and two co-authors have written a disturbing

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