Early bird, regular bird, late bird--makes no difference at Harvard starting next year, the Crimson reports. Allowing students to apply on two schedules gives rich applicants an edge and makes overachievers even more crazy, Harvard officials say. So they won't do it anymore, and they hope that other schools will follow.
Will they? Inside Higher Ed points out that when the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill did the same thing in 2002, almost no one followed. But Harvard, after all, is Harvard. "If anybody is going to step up and take the lead to try to get rid of something which is really doing more harm than good in high schools across the country," says interim Harvard President Derek Bok, "it's us."