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ERIC Number: EJ844071
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-0162-5748
Merit and Competition in Selective College Admissions
Killgore, Leslie
Review of Higher Education, v32 n4 p469-488 Sum 2009
Using interview data from 34 admissions officers at 17 elite colleges, this paper compares two perspectives shaping admissions policy. Admissions officers apply a "merit" perspective that relies on indicators of student academic and nonacademic achievement. They also employ a "competition" perspective that evaluates student characteristics according to organizational needs. Findings include (a) elite colleges' maintenance of an illusion that student achievement determines admissions, and (b) that admissions practices are designed to maintain the colleges' elite status. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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