Every year, graduate programs across the country reject oodles of applications from terrifically smart and qualified individuals. How to create a more equitable admissions process, one that doesn’t draw arbitrary distinctions between equally qualified candidates? John L. Jackson Jr. over at The Chronicle of Higher Education ponders a lottery for admissions. As he says:
This [graduate admissions] isn't about finding a needle in a haystack, the one gem that objectively shines brighter than all the rest. It can feel more like throwing a dart at a far away dartboard and then subsequently drawing a bullseye around it.