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It's Official: Early Admission Dropped: After Months of Academic Debate, UNC Takes a Stand. (in the News)

Magazine article University Business

It's Official: Early Admission Dropped: After Months of Academic Debate, UNC Takes a Stand. (in the News)

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Apparently, officials at the University of North Carolina have been closely following the arguments against early admission. In early May, Chancellor James Moeser announced that UNC is dropping its early admissions practice, which had only been in place for three years. "Bottom line, we believe that eliminating the practice will provide an atmosphere of more thoughtful choice," he says. He also notes that it will better level the playing field for less advantaged and minority students. The decision makes UNC the first major university to drop early admission--earlier in the year Beloit College (WI) dropped the practice, as well.

UNC's policy change fuels the fire Yale President Richard Levin ignited when he spoke out months ago about early admission. He charged that early admission is detrimental to schools and students, and asked that all Ivy League schools band together to drop the practice (40 percent of Yale's freshman class came through the early admission gate). He's already completed exploratory meetings with the U.S. Justice Department to ensure that the schools can drop the practice, en masse, without violating antitrust laws. …

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