David M. '70 and Linda Roth Professor of History • Lafayette College

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Is College Admissions Really a Scam?

What a perfect scandal for 2019! Rich and famous parents, shady fixers, and corrupt employees are splashed across the front pages of newspapers and social media sites. It’s an issue that is easily graspable and instantly infuriating: the wealthy getting whatever they want, once again. It feeds into a growing recognition and alarm about the national and global crisis of economic and social inequality. Finally, almost as if on cue, it helps to escalate the assault on American higher education that has been intensifying in the past few months and that reached a new high (or low) with President Trump’s proposal at CPAC last week that federal funding be pulled from colleges that don’t toe his political line. Plus, the click-baity headlines and hot takes across the Facebook and Twitter-verse basically write themselves. Continue reading

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