Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Connections: The college admissions process - do "legacy" students get the advantage?

Writing for The Atlantic, Caitlin Flanagan asks, "How can a process meant to democratize an institution still valorize the children of wealth and privilege?" She's talking about higher education admissions, which still tend to favor so-called "legacy" students -- and the students of wealthy potential donors. Flanagan contends that the Harvards of the world can give advantages to wealthy and legacy families, or it can strive to create a truly egalitarian campus -- but it can't do both. What do leaders at local higher ed instituations say about that? Our guests:

  • Jonathan Burdick, Dean of College Admission for the University of Rochester
  • Ian Mortimer, VP of enrollment management for RIT

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.

Connections with Evan Dawson

Connections is our daily, live talk show. It airs live weekdays, noon-2 p.m., and re-airs at 9 and 10 p.m. You can also find us wherever you find your podcasts.

Join us with questions or comments by phone at 1-844-295-TALK (8255), email, Facebook or Twitter.

Do you have a story that needs to be shared? Pitch your story to Connections.

For transcripts, please email our Move to Include team with the day, subject, and start time (noon or 1 pm) of the episode for a transcript.