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Why not a senior thesis about this?

Conventional wisdom has it that if an alumnus wants to help his kids’ chances of getting into the old alma mater, he should step up his contributions to the college for a few years before a child mails out an application.

Parents and college admission experts debate whether the strategy is effective, but “Altruism and the Child-Cycle of Alumni Giving,” a study released this week by the National Bureau of Economic Research, uses data from one anonymous research university to confirm that it is a common practice among alumni whose children are getting ready to apply.

Interesting. Williams has all the necessary data for a great senior thesis on this topic. Interested? E-mail Morty! I am sure that he would be willing to discuss it with you.

By the way, I think that there was a senior thesis written by someone in the class of 2005 (Abigail Whitbeck?) about some aspect of alumni giving, but I have never been able to track it down. Pointers anyone?

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#1 Comment By Anonymous On June 15, 2007 @ 4:09 pm

The donations would have to be pretty big to make a difference. Maybe a record of faithful giving over the years helps, though.

#2 Comment By frank uible On June 16, 2007 @ 10:11 pm

My SWAG is that currenrly it takes an aggregate of something near $1,000,000 to breach the threshold. But I was wrong once last year.