ERIC Number: ED081309
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
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Racial-Ethnic Bias in Selective College Admissions.
Cole, Nancy S.; Hanson, Gary R.
The most commonly-used procedure in selective college admissions involves selecting students on the basis of predicted college grades computed from the regression of college grades on test scores and high school grades. Minority students have usually fared poorly in the selective admissions process and, consequently, the possibility of bias in selective admission procedures is apparent. The authors examine the six different ideas of bias in selection, analyze data from racial-ethnic minority students and majority students from 35 colleges, and discuss the implications of their study. The results indicate that models of bias with theoretical differences yield practical differences when applied to selective college admissions. The different value judgments the models enforce is of great importance to those implementing selection procedure since the choice of procedure in most cases dramatically affects the judgments of fairness or bias. College admissions personnel should give consideration to the relation of selection procedures to the values and goals of their colleges. (Author/PG)
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Note: Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (New Orleans, Louisiana, 1973)