Given Harvard's endowment of 36.7 billion dollars — the largest of any university in the U.S. — it begs the question as to why Harvard still charges undergraduates for tuition. But a new slate of candidates for Harvard's Board of Overseers is looking to change that.
The Board of Overseers sets Harvard's strategy on all university issues, and the new candidates' argument is that without the worry of paying tuition, a wider field of qualified students could apply to the university. Admissions could focus solely on choosing the most intelligent and ethnically diverse freshmen class possible, thus eliminating the concern that certain groups like Asian-Americans remain slighted from the admissions process.
Harvard is currently in the middle of a federal lawsuit concerning admissions transparency and discrimination against Asian-American applicants.
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