Class Struggle: Admissions 101 discussion

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 03/30/2010

Should only top students get financial aid?

The latest topic for my Admissions 101 discussion group is a new book by Rutgers emeritus professor Jackson Toby, "The Lowering of Higher Education." He argues that high schools and colleges will be far more likely to have engaged and motivated students if we change the college financial aid system from recognizing financial need to recognizing academic merit. In other words, you couldn't get financial aid when you applied to college unless you scored well on a national standardized test, something like the exams used in British Commonwealth countries. It is a radical idea, but thought provoking. Join our often raucous group of regular discussants to thrash this out.

By Jay Mathews  |  12:23 PM ET, 03/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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