Equality in Admissions Under the Microscope

Area schools investigated for possible admissions discrimination

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    Plenty of dudes studying here.

    Must bra-burning make a comeback?

    The real question is, Why, more than a century after the beginning of the women’s movement in America, is the federal government probing possible discrimination against female college applicants?
    The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is checking up on more than a dozen schools, all within 100 miles of Washington, to find out if men are getting more generous aid packages and if admissions committees are basing who gets into a school -- and who doesn’t -- based on the applicant’s testosterone level.
    Can someone check the grave of Alice Paul and see if she is turning?
    The schools the commissioners voted to subpoena include Georgetown University and John Hopkins in Baltimore. They were chosen as a representative sample of U.S. higher education.
    To be fair, there is a theory that could take the hypothetical villain out of the equation here. Women outnumber men almost 60 percent to 40 percent in higher education, nationally, which could mean admissions officials are trying to promote a more even gender mix.
    But once again, to be fair, the reason why women outnumber men is chiefly because men are more likely to drop out of school, go into the military or go to prison, according to the Washington Post.
    Gasp! The plot thickens!
    The University of Richmond, specifically, has been singled out in media accounts for favoritism based on gender, according to the Post. The University of Richmond is one of the schools subpoenaed.
    “What we’re trying to do is craft the best incoming class we can", said Gil Villanueva, vice president and dean of admission.
    Guess we'll have to wait and see how this battle of the academic sexes grades.