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Outside group should study impact fo aid

I am writing to commend The Tech on a well-written review of the Minority Student Issues Group's second report, just released ["Minority group finishes second study," April 25].

As a member of the Group, and one of the authors of the report, I wanted to correct one wrong inference made in the article. The report recommends that "a new research project should be mounted to determine whether there is a disproportionately adverse effect on minority students from. . . [certain]. . . aid-related phenomena." The Tech inferred that this project will be conducted by the Student Financial Aid Office. Not so.

I presented this recommendation myself to the MSIG, strongly urging that this project be mounted outside of the Financial Aid Office, precisely because the office has been researching these matters for twenty years now and many in the community seem to have become wearied by, or perhaps suspicious of, our consistent conclusions. We in the SFAO will welcome a revisiting of these issues, done outside the office and in such a way as to insulate the conclusions from any suspicion of self-serving or bias or insensitivity on the part of the researchers.

Leonard V. Gallagher '54->

Director of Student Financial Aid->