A student works under a tree at the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in November 2016. The university has been taken to court for its admission practices that some argue discriminate against Asian-Americans. Photo: EPA A student works under a tree at the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in November 2016. The university has been taken to court for its admission practices that some argue discriminate against Asian-Americans. Photo: EPA
A student works under a tree at the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in November 2016. The university has been taken to court for its admission practices that some argue discriminate against Asian-Americans. Photo: EPA
OiYan Poon
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OiYan Poon

Why Harvard and other elite universities should avoid a Tinder approach to student admissions

OiYan Poon says universities select students based on a range of criteria that takes into account their intended major, career interests and personal contexts, rather than just their test scores

A student works under a tree at the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in November 2016. The university has been taken to court for its admission practices that some argue discriminate against Asian-Americans. Photo: EPA A student works under a tree at the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in November 2016. The university has been taken to court for its admission practices that some argue discriminate against Asian-Americans. Photo: EPA
A student works under a tree at the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in November 2016. The university has been taken to court for its admission practices that some argue discriminate against Asian-Americans. Photo: EPA
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OiYan Poon

OiYan Poon

OiYan Poon, PhD is assistant professor of higher education and director of the Centre for Racial Justice in Education and Research at Colorado State University. Dr Poon is also a proud Harvard reject and daughter of immigrants from Hong Kong.