The college admissions process

The college admissions scandal is even worse than you think. How the college admissions process became so corrupt. Inside the pricey, totally legal world of college consultants. The outrageously expensive world of college counseling services, explained. Get to know the rich assholes charged with paying millions in bribes to get their kids into college. Caught in the middle of their parents’ bribery schemes, students stay silent. It’s not just corruption: Entrance into elite US colleges is rigged in every way. Colleges can’t fix their unfair admissions process on their own. Why elite colleges should use a lottery to admit students. A 50-cent trick to help save the American Dream.

Does it matter where you go to college? Research suggests that elite colleges don’t really help rich white guys — but they can have a big effect if you’re not rich, not white, or not a guy. What the college admissions scandal reveals about the psychology of wealth in America. Meritocracy is a myth invented by the rich. Affirmative action and college admissions: “The problem with meritocracy is that it isn’t meritocratic”. How the college admissions scandal busts racist stereotypes about who gets into elite schools — and shows why we need affirmative action. Separate and unequal: The real education scandal is America’s affirmative action program for white people.

Prabhdeep Singh Kehal and Daniel Hirschman (Brown) and Ellen Berrey (Toronto): When Colleges Drop Affirmative Action: Trends in Admissions Policies and Student Enrollment at Selective U.S. Institutions, 1990-2016. What statistics can’t tell us in the fight over affirmative action at Harvard.