Legacy May Soon Be a Thing of the Past
Quote of the Week:
“Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.” —Ben Franklin
(An original version of this quote actually comes from 16th-century writer John Lyly in his book Euphes---the title eventually evolved into the word euphemism).
Fact of the Week:
The creator of peanut M&M’s was allergic to peanuts. Forrest Mars, son of Frank Mars (the founder of Mars Inc.), did not plan on working in the family business. But after studying engineering at Yale he ultimately joined his father. When the two did not get along, Forrest started his own food company before taking over his father’s business when Frank died.
Forrest was the creator of both M&M’s and peanut M&M’s but was never able to taste his invention because of his allergy to peanuts.
Mental Floss contributed to this article.
This week, we’ve recapped two news stories for you. Ten colleges, including Columbia, were removed from the U.S. News rankings of best colleges because of misreported data. And colleges may soon not be able to consider legacy when admitting students.
Legacy could be a thing of the past. Credit: Getty Images via U.S. News.
Ten Colleges Removed from U.S. News Rankings:
The U.S. News kicked off ten colleges from its 2022 rankings for misreporting data, according to Higher Ed Dive. The new rankings are set to come out in a few months, however, meaning these schools will only be off the list for a brief period.
U.S. News detailed the incorrect data it received from each school. Columbia did not confirm the accuracy of the information it provided and will not participate in the 2023 rankings either as it works to resolve this investigation.
Other schools removed from the list include Villanova and the medical school of the University of Virginia. Villanova “originally reported its average 2021 need-based grant was $51,739,” while the correct amount is $40,323, according to Higher Ed Dive. The University of Virginia “said that the three-year average in the same years of graduates pursuing primary care specialties was 59%. The correct figure is 38%.”
Legacy Could Be a Thing of the Past:
This fall the Supreme Court will likely hear a case about affirmative action employed by Harvard and the University of North Carolina. These schools, as well as many others, consider race when selecting students, generally to ensure they diversify their student population. Students for Fair Admissions, a conservative group, filed the court case against these two schools hoping to eliminate any sort of consideration given to race.
But with the Supreme Court soon to rule about affirmative action, it is only a matter of time until a ruling about legacy follows.
“If the Supreme Court outlaws affirmative action, legacy preferences will not be long for this world,” said Justin Driver, a professor at Yale Law School, according to The New York Times.
Recently, schools such as the University of Georgia, Texas A&M, and many of California’s colleges have abandoned legacy preferences because of lawsuits. Still, the practice exists frequently at private schools.
The New York Times reported, “A survey by Inside Higher Ed in 2018 found that 42 percent of private schools — including most of the nation’s elite institutions — and 6 percent of public schools used the strategy. Only a handful of elite colleges — including Johns Hopkins and Amherst — have abandoned the preference in recent years.”
Higher Ed Dive and The New York Times contributed to these articles.
Kansas Coach Bill Self. Credit: Fansided.
The Kansas Jayhawks Men’s Basketball program has been under investigation since 2019 for five Level I violations. It has been awaiting its fate for three years now, but the only news it has received is that it will wait longer.
“Unfortunately there’s not,” is all KU’s athletic director Travis Goff could say at Big 12 Media Day about whether or not they had any update on the case.
The Kansas basketball team won last year’s NCAA Championship despite its recruiting classes being affected by the allegations. It landed only three top 50 recruits in the last three years until 2022 brought in four.
There has been no public information about the case, making it extremely difficult to track. Kansas Coach Bill Self disputed the violations and has said he hopes the case does not leak its way into the 2022-23 season
247Sports contributed to this article.
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