Use a lottery for college admissions

Colleges are wringing their hands over the unfairness inherent in the admissions process (“What’s less fair than the SAT? You might be surprised,” Los Angeles Times, Feb. 21). They admit that essays can be written by pros, standardized test scores can be boosted by coaching and grades are inflated. 

In light of these facts, how about a lottery?  The principle of the flat maximum has shown that the qualifications of those at the very top of the curve are all good enough to succeed in college. Therefore, trying to differentiate among them is a fool’s errand.

A lottery for those in that bracket would eliminate any cries about unfairness.  Of course, nothing will ever satisfy everyone because applicants differ widely in their abilities regardless of their backgrounds.

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