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Reality check: The cracks in the college admissions system

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The steps of Widener Library at Harvard University. Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images

Last week, Students for Fair Admissions, a group representing Asian-American students suing Harvard for bias, filed documents that revealed that the university consistently rated Asian students lower on traits like likability, courage and kindness, reports the New York Times.

The big picture: Universities' admissions processes have long been criticized for their lack of transparency, and as admission rates at elite institutions continue to fall, colleges are under increasing pressure to justify decisions and eliminate biases.