This courtesy of Evan Bieder ’15:
After a brief hiatus, Need Blind Wes is back!
For those who don’t know, in 2012 Wesleyan terminated its need blind admissions policy. As a result, the socio-economic status of about 10% of applicants for the Class of 2017 played a role in their acceptance/rejection. Last year, many students pushed back against this new policy (through a banner drop, an occupation of a Board of Trustees meeting, a homecoming protest, and a number of other actions/discussions archived on the Need Blind website), but the policy was implemented nonetheless.
This discriminatory policy has already impacted Wesleyan’s socio-economic diversity. From the class of 2016 to the class of 2017 the number of students receiving financial aid decreased from 48% to 42%, the number of students receiving grant aid decreased from 44% to 37%, and the number of first generation four-year college students decreased from 16% to 13%.
One simple way to show your disapproval of this trend is to email/call President Roth at mroth[at]wesleyan[dot]edu/860-685-
3500 and Vice President for Finance and Administration John Meerts at jmeerts[at]wesleyan[dot]edu/860-685- 2607 telling them that you are disturbed by the demographic shifts the new need-discriminatory policy has caused and because of that you (and your family) are not planning to donate to the University this year. Giving earmarked contributions to financial aid will not solve this issue and is functionally nothing more than a vote of confidence in the University’s policies and priorities as a whole: only 30% of any contribution made specifically to financial aid goes to financial aid, and 70% goes into the general operating budget. Giving contributions “directly” to financial aid will not solve this problem, because these donations don’t go directly to financial aid. What will solve this issue and make Wesleyan a more fair and just institution is a major shift in priorities, the urgency of which we will show the University by refusing to donate altogether.
If you’re looking to get even more involved, this Homecoming weekend we’ll be continuing to raise awareness of the current discriminatory admissions practices. If you’d like to join us in outreach to parents and alums through discussion and flyer distribution, please meet on Saturday at the Usdan outdoor tables at 11:30 am (first shift) and 1:30 pm (second shift). Also, if you’d like to join our listserv just email Anwar Batte ’13 (abatte[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) and he’ll add you on.
Date: Saturday, November 2
Time: 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
Place: Usdan outdoor tables