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    #1

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    What does "they" refer to in the following?

    Universities could select students purely on future potential from an expanded talent pool and receive far greater levels of alumni contributions than they do currently (they could even account for a portion of students not pursuing commercial careers with their degrees).

    Does it refer to "expanded talent pool"? If not, I don't understand the whole sentence.

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    #2

    Re: they

    "They" are the universities.

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    #3

    Re: they

    Then what is the sentence in parentheses saying, especially "account for"?

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    Re: they

    More context would help. But the idea is that they could receive more money from alumni if they selected students from a wider pool of applicants.

    I don't know how they are to receive higher donations from people not pursuing "commercial careers." Maybe they mean they can offset the lack of donations from alumni with commercially useless degrees. I don't know.

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