Tufts University’s faculty senate is calling on the institution to end consideration of legacy status in admissions after passing a resolution this week.
In recent years, there has been a strong push across the country, led mostly by students of color and first-generation college assistants, to drop consideration of heritage status in the admissions process. The practice has been accused of reinforcing a “cycle of inequity” according to reports from The Associated Press. A Harvard poll found that 60% of students were against the policy.
Amherst College and Johns Hopkins University have announced they are eliminating the policy in 2021 and 2020 respectively.
A resolution was introduced by the Tufts Community Union Senate in November 2021, according to a report by The daily life of tufts. The resolution came from the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.
Henry Wortis, a professor at Tufts and chairman of the DEI committee, said senators and the committee were concerned that eliminating legacy status as a consideration would affect the university’s ability to raise funds.
“And there’s not a lot of literature… where people have investigated this, but there is a published study that suggests getting rid of legacy admissions doesn’t have a negative impact on fundraising by universities and colleges,” Wortis said in an interview with The daily life of tufts.
Ameya Menta, a student who helped introduce the resolution in November 2021, said the level of interest from the community was indicative of a need for change.
“I think it’s really amazing to show that students and faculty care so deeply about this issue, and it’s just a signal to the administration that there needs to be a change,” he said. she declared. “Tufts cannot be one of the last schools to jump on this train to strengthen the commitment against racism.”
James Glaser, the dean of the Tufts School of Arts and Sciences, said he will ask the dean of admissions to conduct a study of legacy admissions in the summer of 2022.
“We would like to understand the implications of our legacy practice – without making assumptions – before making decisions about how to proceed with policy,” he said.
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