A New York bill was recently introduced to the state legislature to ban the practice of early and legacy college admissions. Progressives claim the early admission policy is racist and only favors white and wealthy students.
Supporters of banning early admission — which allows students to attend their first choice college in exchange for acceptance earlier in the admission cycle — agree early admissions is problematic because it requires students to commit to a school before knowing how much financial aid they would receive.
NY Senator Andrew Gounardes, who is partially funding the bill said,“If the Supreme Court is not going to allow us to use affirmative action to help improve economic and racial diversity, [The state of New York] will not allow the ame institutions to use affirmative action for privileged students in picking and choosing which children or grandchildren of their alumni they will choose.”
To add on, a majority of the top universities that give family members of alumni are about 45% more likely to receive admission compared to a non-legacy student with equal credentials.
In a letter to Congress, Richard Kahlenberg gave relevant insight; “At a time when universities are seeking to diversify by race, legacy preferences, negatively impact minority and low-income students.”