yesterday i read a scientific paper saying that there was something like a "legacy track" at american elite universities. something like affirmative action but the other way around. basically, it was said that all major ivy league colleges give extra credit to candidate studens who's parents graduated from the college.
it was said that someone who fails the normal criteria of academic achievement would still be accepted because his or her parents graduated from that particular college.
the also said that that this was the way G.W. Bush and Al Gore took to Yale, because GWB left high school with a bunch of C's instead of the straight A profile the usual Yale student is supposed to have.
can anyone confirm this? is there a discussion on that topic in the united states? i know that there is a great deal of debate on affirmative action, and i know that, say, african amercan students allways feel bad because they consider themselves as being "affirmative action" guest. i mean, would someone feel bad because he made it to harvard because his or her parents went there?