The Atlantic: Ta-Nehisi Coates: Affirmative Action vs. Legacies

The Atlantic: Ta-Nehisi Coates (8/28/08):

Affirmative Action vs. Legacies

Authors Nathan D. Martin and Kenneth I. Spenner show that Duke’s legacies underperform as freshmen, are less likely to pursue challenging disciplines including pre-med or engineering and, generally, are less likely to pursue further study. Even the fact that their grades improve measurably during the sophomore year and remain improved is itself an argument for the inherent unfairness of legacy admissions

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