Russ Nieli, who has written some excellent papers for the Pope Center, has a splendid essay today at Manhattan Institute’s Minding the Campus. It’s about Cal Tech, a university that eschews preferences for applicants based on their ancestry (that is, “diversity”), based on athletic competence, and based on prior family ties to the school.

Now, if I were a college admissions officer, I’d be thinking, “What a terribly dull and ineffective university Cal Tech must be. The admissions officers don’t try to build a diverse and interesting student body. How do the students ever learn about people who are different from themselves? How do they ever overcome their biases and learn to celebrate diversity?”