This month’s college- admission bribery scheme confirmed the worst fears of students and parents: The deck is stacked in favor of the rich. Although a relatively small number of well-off parents allegedly committed federal crimes to gain places for their children at their colleges of choice, the scandal raises a broader concern: Why are colleges so opaque about what counts in admissions? And given the enormous federal subsidies that even private colleges receive (in the form of financial aid and tax breaks), shouldn’t the public have the right to know more?.”

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