The Deepening Caste System in Higher Ed: Admissions to Elite Institutions

ACADEME BLOG

In several previous posts under this title, I have focused on the rapidly widening gap between administrative compensation and faculty compensation, as well as on the compensation received by “celebrity” visiting faculty and adjunct faculty.

In other posts, I have written about how things being packaged as “innovations,” such as MOOCs, will widen the gap between the kind of education that can be afforded by the most affluent Americans and the kind of education afforded to all other Americans.

Here I would like to combine both of those kinds of focuses and present some startling numbers on admission applications and acceptance to elite universities. The numbers come from an article written by Alan Katzman for Business Insider, “Why Ivy League Admission Officers Have No Choice but to Google College Applicants” [http://www.businessinsider.com/why-ivy-league-admissions-will-google-you-2013-9].

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