At Minding the Campus, Russ Nieli has written a splendid essay on a great university that eschews preferences for racial diversity, for athletic competence, and for "legacy" students. If I were a college admissions officer, I would be thinking, "This Cal Tech place must be terribly dull! The admissions office doesn't do anything to try to build an interesting and diverse student body. How do the Cal Tech students ever learn about students who are different from themselves? How do they ever manage to overcome their biases and learn to celebrate diversity?"
- December 10, 2010