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Behind The Curtain Of College Admissions, Fairness May Not Be Priority No. 1

June 11th, 2015

This NPR coverage of an important issue is worthwhile reading for all. Are Asian-American applicants to our nation’s most selective colleges subject to different standards in admission review, reminiscent of “Jewish quotas” in previous generations?

Is Harvard Showing Bias Against Asian-Americans?
May 23, 2015

A group of Asian-American organizations — more than 60 in all — recently accused Harvard of holding Asian-American applicants to an unfairly high standard, requiring them to score better than their African-American, Hispanic or white counterparts. The complaint was filed with the Department of Education and the Justice Department earlier this month.

The questions now dogging Harvard also have drawn broader attention to the difficulties of the college admissions process.

Jim Jump, a former president of National Association of College Admissions Counseling, sat down with NPR’s Arun Rath to discuss the current admissions landscape — and whether Asian-Americans are being held to a higher standard.

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