The Wage Gap: Schools Aren't the Only Problem
''Why the wage gap just keeps getting bigger'' (Economic Viewpoint, Dec. 14) is an insightful observation on important workforce issues. Another matter must be thrown into the mix of disturbing factors regarding education. While it is true that our schools are not doing a universally good job of preparing pupils for post-secondary education and training, many of these individuals are still being accepted into college--in schools that are more concerned with ''enrollment management'' than with maintaining appropriate standards for admissions.
For the sake of institutional survival, many colleges are accepting students in the current generation who would have failed to meet standards 20 or 30 years ago. An involved alumnus recently told me that his undergraduate college was accepting over 70% of its applicant pool to meet the goal for the incoming freshman class!
Thomas M. Hines
John E. Ullmann
Updated Dec. 30, 1998 by bwwebmaster
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