“Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing – the rest is mere sheep-herding” – These are the words of the famous poet Ezra Pound that stress on the fact that education must be imparted to those who really aspire for it. With the number of candidates seeking higher education on an ever increasing spree coupled with the problems of limited seats in universities for candidates, selection of the candidates with the maximum urge and potential remains a challenging task for universities. The selection process should be such that the brightest minds are selected and the process is fair enough to select the most deserving candidate. However, the presence of methods like legacy admissions has raised issues over the validity of the process.
While proponents in favor of legacy admissions argue that this system is essential to ensure that the alumni is actively involved in the support of the institution as their children are studying in it, some deem the process as unfair which imparts special treatment to affluent white candidates. Statistics indicate that the probability of admission of a candidate into Dickinson College is merely 50% but the percent shoots up to 75% if the candidate’s parents are alumni of the college.
Several parties press for the passing of a legislation which would aim to stop the practices of legacy admissions on account of the fact that these processes do not give prominence to the candidate’s capabilities on a whole and are merely based to satisfy the college’s funding needs. However, the passing of such legislation is expected to interfere with the rights of the universities to manage its affairs on an independent basis as well as determine the shape of its student’s body.