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ERIC Number: EJ1018316
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Aug
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0010-4086
Access to Higher Education by the Luck of the Draw
Stone, Peter
Comparative Education Review, v57 n3 p577-599 Aug 2013
Random selection is a fair way to break ties between applicants of equal merit seeking admission to institutions of higher education (with "merit" defined here in terms of the intrinsic contribution higher education would make to the applicant's life). Opponents of random selection commonly argue that differences in strength between applicant claims almost always exist, so that few if any ties need be broken. Fairness, however, also demands that no distinctions be drawn among applicant claims unless those distinctions are more likely to track merit than extraneous arbitrary factors (such as race, gender, or class). Fairness thus requires random selection under the right circumstances, and these circumstances frequently obtain in the realm of higher education admissions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland
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