Laying my Youngest on the Altar?

Filling out my loan papers for grad school today. I have one week to decide what loans to accept, in whole, or if in part, exactly how much I want to borrow. Hmmmm. Puzzling. But as I got deeper into the paperwork, it got even more puzzling!
There is a section on the form that says this:
"ALL APPLICANTS ARE ASKED ON BEHALF OF THE HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD IN OLYMPIA TO ANSWER QUESTIONS A-C BELOW FOR STATE STATISTICAL REPORTING."
I understand the questions about my parent's education, or even race–Olympia wants to boast or whine about the diversity or the lack thereof in Washington state colleges. Whatever. (Don't you think we should all answer the race question by checking the "other" box and filling in "HUMAN" on the empty line? I dare you.)
I can almost even understand why they want to know the number and ages of my children. Almost…if I get really imaginative–Women returning to college have an average of 2.6 children under the age of 8, or something like that–but their names
What statistical purpose does the name of my youngest child serve???!!!
I sincerely hope they use the information I provided…hehehehe!

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