The Ivy League university said the program disadvantages poor and minority students, as richer students tend to take advantage of the early admissions opportunity. Why should you care? Because Harvard is like The New York Times; it sets the agenda for others. Look for other schools to follow suit in this move to level the playing field.
Under the surprise move, the Ivy League school will discontinue its “early action” round of admissions, in which high school seniors can apply by Nov. 1 and receive a decision - accept, reject or defer - by Dec. 15.
The change will take effect for students applying to enter Harvard in the fall of 2008. All applications for that class will be due Jan. 1.