Harvard is getting its sights set on other top schools, too, but not in the same way.
That’s because the university has a lot of work to do in order to get its admissions and other admissions policies in line with the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in McCutcheon v.
FEC, which gave universities a legal right to raise tuition at the expense of other forms of financial aid.
The court in McCurtcheon recognized that college students are not as wealthy as their parents and that there is a “disincentive” for students to pursue other forms, like scholarships, because they are not going to get an edge in an increasingly competitive job market.
But the decision didn’t say what colleges must do to attract students with less wealth.
“We need to figure out how we can compete with our peers,” Harvard president Larry Summers said last year.
“How do we do this in a way that is not at the cost of the bottom line, but is at the top of our priorities?”
For now, that’s an area that has not been addressed.
Even with the McCutcheons ruling, Harvard has not done much to boost its own admission rates.
In the last 10 years, the school has added more than 500 students in the undergraduate freshman class and admitted just 13 percent of them, according to the most recent admissions figures from the college.
To be sure, the percentage of students who are admitted is higher than the national average.
Harvard’s enrollment has also grown.
Last year, Harvard admitted just more than 3,500 students.
Last fall, it added about 2,000.
And the university also has been grappling with the fallout from the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in the case, McCutchen.
In the 2010 ruling, the court said that college admission decisions must be made in accordance with the “distinctive educational mission” of the institution, which includes “a commitment to enriching the learning and development of the undergraduate student.”
That meant the court would have to strike down the federal government’s 1996 law, which required colleges to offer admission to students at or above the federal poverty level, according the New York Times.
At the time, the Supreme Court ruled that schools could not raise tuition above the poverty level because that would be contrary to the institution’s mission.
While the justices’ ruling did not change the federal rules for college admissions, it did set an important precedent that would apply to all colleges in the country.
When the Supreme Justice decided to strike that down, he wrote that universities have “no business” raising tuition.
Many colleges have responded by reducing their admissions standards.
For instance, in 2016, Harvard added about 5,000 students to its freshman class, down from the 5,800 admitted last year and the 6,000 in 2015.
But even that decrease was not enough to keep pace with the growth in the number of students admitted to Harvard over the last decade, said David H. Scharf, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.
The increase in students has come at a time when Harvard’s enrollment is growing even faster than the nation overall, and the university’s enrollment growth is expected to continue.
But in the meantime, some schools have begun to tighten their admission standards.
In recent years, Harvard’s admission numbers have declined from more than 15,000 admissions a year to about 13,000, Scharf said.
That could have been a problem because some schools were raising admission standards in response to the McCutsons ruling.
After the ruling, there were concerns that colleges were going to have a harder time keeping up with the rapid growth of the number and types of students they were admitting, Scharff said.
Harsher admissions standards have been especially pronounced at the Harvard School of Engineering.
The school has said that it is now requiring students to demonstrate that they are working toward an engineering degree.
In an emailed statement, Harvard said that the college has been “reviewing our admission standards to ensure that they reflect the unique mission of the university, the students who we admit, and are reflective of the challenges of today’s society.”
“We are committed to maintaining a high standard of academic achievement for all our students, and to making every effort to recruit, retain, and support the best students from the highest-achieving backgrounds and from all backgrounds,” the statement read.
Last year, the college increased admission standards for incoming freshmen.
This year, that is unlikely to happen.
Harvard officials have said that they intend to lower the standard for incoming freshman applicants and will not be increasing the admission rate.
Scharf said that colleges can be expected to adjust their admission rates in response.
Still, he said that Harvard will need to make changes.
There’s no guarantee that it’s going