Our conversation about campuses is elitist and misleading. We can fix that.
The issues that drove the national conversation about higher education this year suggest that our college campuses are little more than a narrow tool for individual benefit or a playground for the elite.
National media outlets spent much of the summer debating legacy admissions policies for a small number of selective institutions that will — no matter how they choose their entering classes — continue to serve only the tiniest sliver of the United States’ college students. While perhaps fascinating to journalists and others who attended those schools, the legacy admissions debate is largely irrelevant for the vast majority of institutions — less-selective, mostly public — that serve the vast majority of America’s 19 million college students.
Originally published: November 13, 2023
Author: Seth Bodnar
Institution: University of Montana
Published by: The Washington Post