Do College Admissions by Lottery

The current scandal involving fraud, bribery, and misrepresentation in the service of admissions to highly selective colleges and universities is astonishing, even to people who have long suspected that selective institutions exacerbate inequality rather than ameliorate it. We can fire corrupt coaches and admissions officers and penalize misguided parents, but these moves will barely scratch the surface of the problem. They won’t prevent parents from legally spending tens of thousands of dollars on S.A.T. prep courses, essay editors, and application “sculptors” in the service of giving their precious children a leg up on the zero-sum college competition. ….[READ]