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"Recruited athlete" has an admissions system that is totally separate from everyone else.
"Jewish" and "White" do not, @tpike12
Apples and oranges (though yes, most recruited athletes at the Ivies are white, and some may be Jewish).
To me, the inability of people to see value outside of the STEM world simply represents an overall narrowness of perspective, which I also see essentially the opposite of intellectualism or intellectual achievement.
The cheating scandal puts race and affirmative action in an entirely different light. Very few, if any, minority students were involved. Fact is, we have had affirmative action for the wealthy for many years. Just look at the number of "full pay" students at Harvard and other elite universities, and compare that with the number receiving Pell grants. And that's before we discuss Jared, who finished in the third tier of his high school class.
So at Harvard, 16% receive Pell grants and 28% are full pay. Are these the numbers you're referring to?
Getting recruited as an athlete is perhaps the single biggest leg up one can get in the elite-college admissions game in the U.S., far bigger than being a member of a minority group or an alumni child.
Their athletic programs generate almost no revenue, and they don’t play a notable role (unlike, say, football at the University of Alabama) in enhancing the schools’ visibility or prestige. As for the much-rumored connection between sports success and alumni giving, Shulman and Bowen found no statistical link between winning football records and giving at large universities or Ivy League schools, and just a modest positive relationship at liberal arts colleges such as Amherst — where, remember, about a third of the alumni are former intercollegiate athletes. Alumni of losing teams actually gave more money than those who had played for winners.
@MmeZeeZee Student checks wrong box; student is mixed race and school checks URM box to get Title III even though student may have multiple boxes to check
@MWolf since "mixed race" is a fairly new designation in many places