Wesleyan College’s president introduced Wednesday that the varsity is formally eliminating its legacy admissions coverage in mild of the Supreme Courtroom’s ruling towards affirmative motion.
The celebrated Connecticut faculty’s determination follows outrage from Democrats, who say if the courtroom insists on removing a program designed to assist minorities entry greater training after centuries of racial discrimination, then universities must also be banned from giving a leg up within the admissions course of to kids of alumni and donors.
Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth stated in his announcement Wednesday that whereas legacy standing has performed a “negligible function” within the non-public college’s admissions for a few years, the varsity is formally ending the coverage.
“We nonetheless worth the continuing relationships that come from multi-generational Wesleyan attendance, however there will probably be no ‘bump’ within the choice course of,” Roth stated. “As has been nearly at all times the case for a very long time, members of the family of alumni will probably be admitted on their very own deserves.”
Wesleyan “has by no means fixated on a checked field indicating a pupil’s racial identification or household affiliations,” Roth continued, however quite “taken an individualized, holistic view of an applicant’s lived expertise—as seen via the school essay, highschool file, letters of advice, and interactions with our neighborhood.”
Whereas it’s true that some high universities settle for extra legacy college students every year than Black and Latino college students mixed, a Duke College research discovered that the “enhance in variety ensuing from the elimination of legacy and athlete preferences pales compared to the range advantages stemming from racial preferences.”