Ivy Colleges Should Increase Admissions, Stiffen Standards in Future, Harris States
More students will want to enter Ivy League colleges in the future, and Ivy institutions should increase both their enrollments and entrance requirements to meet the new demands, Seymour E. Harris '20, professor of Economics, asserted yesterday.
In a prepared statement released for the meeting of the public relations officials of the Ivy colleges, Harris discussed the reasons why the nation will have more students in coming years, and what should be done to meet the problems of educational expansion.
If the total increase of students into universities on a national level is 75 percent Ivy college should consider raising their enrollments by between 15 and 20 per cent, Harris said.
Harris statement cited several reasons for the rise in future applicants. Besides the factor of population increases per capita income should increase, and a 50 to 60 per cent rise in real income is not an unreasonable projection for the 1970's.
Even if tuition rates should increase at the same rate as per capita income higher incomes would encourage more people to attain college educations. But tuitions have not increased at equal rates in the past, and if this policy is not changed in the future, then the flood of applicants will increase at an even greater rate, Harris pointed out.