ERIC Number: ED124611
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
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Alternative Admissions Criteria at the City University of New York: Effects Upon Ethnic Composition.
Lavin, David E.; Silberstein, Richard A.
The purpose of this paper is to consider two criticisms which have been directed at the new admissions policy of the City University of New York. First, it is suggested that this policy has the effect of ending open admissions. If open admissions is defined as the provision of access to the university to all high school graduates in New York City, then the new criteria do maintain open admissions. This contrasts with the earlier eighth grade model which clearly would have ended the program. The second assertion made is that the new criteria create an ethically segregated system within the university. The conclusion on this point is more ambiguous. First, the community colleges have, since the very inception of open admissions, contained a larger proportion of minority students than the senior colleges. If one considers only students not in special programs, the new admissions policy does increase the initial disparity somewhat. On the other hand, if one considers all students including those in SEEK and College Discovery, then it is clear that the new policy does not change the minority group enrollment proportions. The essential conclusion is this: with special program students included, the new model approximates very closely the senior college-community college minority group ratios which existed under the original admissions policy. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Admission Criteria, Admission (School), College Freshmen, College Programs, College Students, Conceptual Schemes, Educational Opportunities, Educational Policy, Educationally Disadvantaged, Enrollment, Ethnic Distribution, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Open Enrollment, Social Integration, Special Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)