Legacy Admissions Axed?!

(Patriot.Buzz) – In a major move seeking to end preferential treatment in higher education, the Virginia legislative body ratified a measure prohibiting public colleges and universities from giving special consideration to applicants with familial or monetary connections to the institutions.

Governor Glenn Youngkin is anticipated to endorse the bill, which states:

“No public institution of higher education shall provide any manner of preferential treatment in the admissions decision to any student applicant on the basis of such student’s legacy status or such student’s familial relationship to any donor to such institution.”

The proposal recently received unanimous support from both the House of Delegates and the state Senate and identifies “legacy status” as a connection between an applicant and a former student of the institution.

Governor Youngkin’s spokesperson, Christian Martinez, remarked that the Governor will take a close look at the bill once it reaches his desk since he is convinced that entry into Virginia’s academic institutions should be based on individual merit.

State Senator Schuyler VanValkenburg, the architect of the bill, was motivated by the Supreme Court’s verdict to outlaw affirmative action last June to ensure equal access to higher education for all.

Virginia Tech announced last year its decision to exclude legacy considerations from its admissions criteria. Similarly, the University of Virginia decided to eliminate a query regarding legacy status from its application process and opted instead for a written response section for applicants to explain their familial ties to the university.

William & Mary, another important state institution, has been reported to take legacy into account in admissions decisions, with campus officials stating they would provide comments on the legislation after it has been signed into law.

In turn Virginia Association of Scholars leader Teresa Manning has criticized the fixation on legacy admissions as a misleading distraction from more significant issues plaguing American higher education, such as costs, curriculum content and ideological uniformity.

She argues that the politicization of educational content and administrative practices under “‘DIE,’ ‘CRT,’ ‘anti-racism,’ or some other trendy moniker” is being overlooked in favor of less consequential concerns like legacy admissions.

Manning views the legislation as a misdirection and emphasized that admissions based on racial, ideological preferences or even illegal immigration status far outnumber those based on legacy connections.