ERIC Number: ED202376
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Reference Count: 0
After Bakke: The Role of the States.
Rosser, James M.
Factors contributing to the underrepresentation of minority groups in higher education and professional schools are discussed, along with suggestions for state postsecondary education agencies and for state legislative and executive branches in light of the Bakke decision. A 1977 Educational Testing Service study concluded that if admissions committees were forced to disregard racial factors, the numbers of minorities in law schools would be greatly reduced and that most of them would attend the least effective institutions. It is noted that underrepresentation of minorities in graduate and professional schools is linked not only to early educational experiences, but also such influences in student background as health, nutrition, family influences, and general living conditiions. Suggestions to state higher education agencies include the following; disseminate accurate information about the Bakke decision to policy-makers, identify and disseminate admissions models that may help increase enrollment of underrepresented minorities at graduate and professional levels; encourage or require schools to develop their own plans to overcome underrepresentation; conduct human resources studies to identify specific community as well as aggregate state needs in critical human service areas; evaluate programs designed to increase minority participation at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs; and provide fiscal incentives for special programs to reach elementary/secondary schools to address early basic skills, science, and math needs. Suggestions for legislative and executive branches of state government include issuing a formal resolution or executive order reaffirming the state's commitment to affirmative action and overcoming minority underrepresentation both in educational opportunity and in providing general state services. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.; Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Inservice Education Program.
Identifiers: Bakke v Regents of University of California; Seminars for State Leaders Postsec Ed (ECS SHEEO)
Note: Paper presented at a Seminar for State Leaders in Postsecondary Education (Chicago, IL, December 1978).