When Princeton undergraduates discuss history, political science or foreign policy, they won’t hear the views of a classmate who’s fought in Iraq or Afghanistan, writes Wick Sloane on Inside Higher Ed. Not a single Princeton undergrad is a veteran. The same is true at Williams College, labeled the best liberal arts college by U.S. News. Harvard enrolls two veterans; so does Yale.
Sloane teaches “young men with canes” at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, which enrolls 367 veterans.
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Most veterans use their GI Bill benefits to enroll in community colleges and for-profit colleges offering career training. But out of the 256,391 vets in college this fall, the Ivy League should be able to find a few with the ambition and ability to succeed. (My alma mater, Stanford, enrolls 21 veterans.)
A policy question: Should institutions that choose to enroll few to no undergraduate veterans still be eligible for federal aid?
He proposes that Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Williams and other elite schools pledge to admit as many undergraduate veterans as varsity football players.
Elite colleges admit black and Hispanic students with somewhat lower grades and test scores in order to produce “diversity” in the classroom. The experiences of a veteran who’s served in Iraq or Afghanistan surely would enrich discussions and open the minds of students who’ve gone straight from high school to college.