US versus UK 1

November 25, 2005

No one will dispute the value of more diversity, but adopting a US-style admissions system would take us back 50 years. Does Felipe Fern ndez-Armesto (Opinion, November 18) seriously imply that we should give extra points to applicants whose parents are alumni or donate money to the university, as is the case in the US? He suggests that the US admissions system helps to produce "effective" universities. If by that he means reproducing social bias, then it is unquestionably effective.

Jedrzej George Frynas
Middlesex University Business School

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