ERIC Number: ED050682
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Feb
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Statement of the Board of Trustees, National Urban League on Open Admissions in American Colleges and Universities.
National Urban League, Inc., New York, NY.
This statement urges the nation's colleges and universities to adopt open admissions policies and to direct both private and public funds into creating opportunities whereby any person who has completed requirements for graduation from an accredited high school or its equivalent will be assured access to higher education. Though minority group enrollment has increased 85 percent over the last 5 years, it has only reached 6 percent of the total enrollment. In past years, admission criteria were frequently dictated by factors having little to do with a student's potential success and it has now been demonstrated that traditional admission criteria predict little or nothing about what a given student will do in college or about his potential after graduation. The best way to determine whether a student is capable of college work is to evaluate his performance in college. The major attack on open admissions is being conducted in the name of an alleged threat to academic standards, but academic excellence has all too often been an exercise of the privileged to assure that they remain privileged by keeping access to the top restricted. Academic standards should be measured by how well the graduate is prepared to find employment which fulfills his needs, and how well he is equipped to progress in society. In addition to open admissions, supportive and remedial services are also essential to provide equal opportunity. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: National Urban League, Inc., New York, NY.