Capitol Hill Targets Legacy Preferences for College Admissions

From a Wall Street Journal story by Lindsay Wise and Jennifer Calfas headlined “Capitol Hill Targets Legacy Preferences for College Admissions”:

Senators are taking fresh aim at legacy and donor preferences for admission to college, as advantages given to certain students and groups come under increasing scrutiny following a recent Supreme Court ruling striking down the use of race in college admissions.

A bill introduced Tuesday by Sens. Todd Young (R., Ind.) and Tim Kaine (D., Va.)—called the MERIT Act—would try to end legacy admissions at colleges and universities. The bipartisan legislation would add a new standard for accreditation under the Higher Education Act that would prohibit institutions from giving preferential treatment during the admissions process based on an applicant’s relationship to alumni or donors.