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Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity, & Faculty Gatekeeping--A Public Lecture by Julie Posselt

Wednesday, October 11th
4:00 PM
Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Building 

How does graduate admissions work? Who does the system work for, and who falls through its cracks? More people than ever seek graduate degrees, but little has been discussed about who gets into graduate school and why successful applicants are admitted. In this lecture, education scholar Julie Posselt will rely on her groundbreaking ethnographic study of 10 top-ranked doctoral programs spanning multiple disciplines to illuminate a process usually conducted in secret. Posselt's talk will probe two challenging issues--the reliance on shifting definitions of merit as it applies to graduate admissions and the nominal commitment to diversity in making admissions decisions. These problems have rendered graduate admissions an opaque and unfair system--but one that can be made more transparent and equitable if graduate programs adopt the concrete strategies that Dr Posselt will present during her lecture.

Please join the Graduate School for this exciting talk by one of the most important new voices in educational policy. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, October 11th, at 4:00 PM in the Bernie Dallas Room (#506) of the Goodell Building. A reception will follow.

Please help us plan accordingly for this event by registering here.

Julie R. Posselt is Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Southern California and author of the acclaimed book Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity, and Faculty Gatekeeping (Harvard University Press, 2016).