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Bethany Nichols' research on the influence of material and cultural markers of social class during the college admissions process featured in The Economist

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Apr 10 2021

America tries to figure out a fairer way to select students

Sidelining standardised tests won’t make college admissions fairer

"Extra-curricular activities are probably no fairer. Disadvantaged students have less access to them. And a study at Stanford that presented evaluators with fictional student profiles found that elite alumni, who often serve as interviewers and sit on review boards, preferred upper-class activities over lower-class ones requiring similar skills. Evaluators favoured the cello over the banjo, sailing over soccer, and foreign-film club over the video-games club."

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