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The idea that colleges should choose among applicants on the basis of their "academic ability" appeals to both educators and the public. But "ability" has two distinct meanings, which imply different admissions policies. In one usage, academic ability means an existing capacity to do academic work. In the other usage, academic ability means a potential capacity to do such work.
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