The Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy is pleased to announce the upcoming public forum:

Admission Preferences for Children of Alumni: Who Benefits? Who Loses?

Richard Kahlenberg
The Century Foundation

Daniel Golden
Bloomberg News

Jeffrey B. Brenzel
Yale University

Event Details:

Thursday, April 28, 2011, 8:30am - 10:30am
NYU Kimball Hall - First Floor Lounge
246 Greene Street (at Waverly Place)

Continental breakfast. 

A great deal of attention has been paid to racial affirmative action programs in higher education. The merits and legality of such programs have been debated in academic circles, political campaigns, and the U.S. Supreme Court. However, relatively little public or legal scrutiny has been devoted to college admissions preferences for the children of alumni. How widespread are legacy preferences? Do they help colleges fundraise, as institutions of higher education claim? Do they help or hurt students of color? Are legacy preferences legally and politically vulnerable? These and other questions are raised in a new book published by The Century Foundation, entitled Affirmative Action for the Rich: Legacy Preferences in College Admissions Please join us in a discussion with a panel of experts who have given a great deal of thought to these issues and bring a variety of perspectives to bear.


About the Speakers

Richard D. Kahlenberg is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation, where he writes about a variety of education issues. He has been called "the intellectual father of the economic integration movement" in K-12 schooling, and "arguably the nation's chief proponent of class-based affirmative action in higher education admissions."

Daniel Golden is editor at large for Bloomberg News, specializing in education coverage. As a reporter for the Wall Street Journal in 2004, he received the Pulitzer Prize for a series of articles about college admissions preferences for children of alumni and donors. He is the author of The Price of Admission: How America's Ruling Class Buys Its Way into Elite Colleges-and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates.

Jeffrey Brenzel, a 1975 graduate of Yale College, has worked as a nonprofit executive, a private sector entrepreneur, a scholar and a university administrator. In September of 2005, he was named the Dean of Undergraduate Admissions. In this capacity, Jeff is responsible for worldwide outreach to talented students, the selection process itself, and the development of university admissions policy and practices.


Media Coverage of the Event

New York Times: Debating Legacy Admissions at Yale, and Elsewhere

The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Decline of Legacy Admissions at Yale

To view videos of the individual presentations, please click the links below:
Richard Kahlenberg
Daniel Golden

To download Richard Kahlenberg's slideshow, please click here: NYU_Legacy_Event_4.28.11.ppt