Let's assume that the Marilee Jones scandal broke out because the angry parent of a rejected applicant checked her credentials, or noticed a discrepancy in her various bios. (You can find my last post on her here.) This is what I find the most likely, and if you read my "Downwards, graduates!" post, you know that the situation for high school graduates is only going to get worse. Since I am getting quite a bit of traffic from Technorati, I thought I'd ask people out there: what would make a fair admissions process? Should there be an entrance exam, possibly common to groups of schools, with a written part to check whether the SAT scores mean anything and an oral part to grill the candidates over all their extracurricular activities? How can you change the admissions process so that the stellar but rejected candidates don't have to hear "sorry, you had a perfect SAT score but we just had a lot of perfect SAT scores this year anyway"? The name of the university a kid attends does impact her future (through the companies which will interview on-campus, the quality of the faculty, her future earnings power) and rejected applicants deserve a real explanation of why they did not make the cut. In the end Marilee Jones's main mistake might have been to underestimate parents' outrage at seeing their kids rejected without any reason besides a lame "there was so much competition this year."