‘The Hunger Games’ and Higher Education
College admissions and financial aid professionals at America’s top schools are in the thick of reviewing another round of applications, with promises to make adjustments for students living through this pandemic. But even before the pandemic surfaced -- and in no small part fueled by exposure of the Varsity Blues admissions scandal -- the pressure was on to make admission to selective colleges and universities more equitable. Increasing representation of talented low- and middle-income students and underrepresented minorities at these name-brand institutions is critical. However, focusing on who gets in misses the most important point: we need to change not only the rules but the entire game.
Originally published: January 19, 2021
Author: Catharine B. Hill
Position: Former President
Institution: Vassar College
Published by: Inside Higher Ed