An unfortunate example is used in the Australian National University’s announcement of an upcoming revision of admission requirements:

In announcing the university’s five-year strategic plan today, Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt said from next year the university would move away from a sole reliance on admission rankings, or ATAR scores.

While the ANU has yet to announce how it would manage future student intake, Professor Schmidt said the need for change was obvious.

He said ATAR scores were too often skewed in favour of the best performing schools in Australia’s bigger cities.

“Our ATAR this year in law is 98,” he said.

“That essentially excludes everyone from rural Australia and that’s a bad thing that we need to change.

“We need to make sure we represent the whole of Australian society, so that’s why we need to change it.”

Excluding everyone from admission to law school will make Australia immeasurably better.


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