Conclusion: “Critics say admissions should be based solely on
merit. But that argument assumes an objective standard can assess merit across the nation’s wide range
of college-bound students. In the subjective world of admissions, pure merit does not exist. Nor should
“Choosing a diverse student body that contributes to a stimulating campus
environment is a freedom worth preserving.”[USA Today Editorial, web posted Jan. 25, 2004, see more
[Quote:] By pressuring colleges to drop legacy admissions, the federal
government would interfere with the right of universities to manage their own affairs as long as they
aren’t violating anti-discrimination laws.
Some universities are ending legacy
admissions on their own. Texas A&M stopped the practice last month in the face of criticism that it
kept legacy preferences even after dropping affirmative action.
universities to follow Texas A&M’s example, however, sends the federal government down a slippery