Legacy preferences have to go

Despite pressure to make the admissions process fairer, 42 percent of private colleges and 6 percent of public colleges still give legacies a leg up (“Elite Colleges’ Quiet Fight to Favor Alumni Children,” The New York Times, Jul. 13).  I’ve long maintained that neither affirmative action nor legacies has a place in deciding who is admitted.

The only factors that should count are grades and test scores.  The further we move away from those criteria, the less valuable a college degree will be. If that sounds elitist, so be it.

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