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Study Finds Academics More Likely to Admit Thin Applicants to Graduate Programs

Liz Dwyer

When it comes to getting into grad school, the size of your brain, not your waist, should be what matters, but researchers at Bowling Green State University say the Ivory Tower isn't exempt from bias. "When face-to-face interviews are conducted, those with a higher body mass index are less likely" to get in. However, when heavier applicants only do a phone or remote interview, the odds even out. Why? Biased academics may think heavier "candidates lack self-control or the capacity for hard work."

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  • Sahar D. Sattarzadeh

    Thanks for sharin' . . . Unfortunately, though, this kinda story contributes to my growin' frustration with how we fail to understand the amazin' actual and potential attributes and qualities higher education institutions can both contribute and utilize to benefit individuals, communities, and societies for the long-term. We got a ways to go . . . Let's do this!!! . . .