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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.