ERIC Number: ED165526
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
Minority Admissions to Large Universities: A Seven Year National Survey. Research Report No. 1-76.
Sedlacek, William E.; Pelham, Judy C.
In 1975 a nationwide sample of admissions offices of 110 large, primarily white universities were surveyed on their admission of black freshmen and on their admission criteria. Particular emphasis was placed on further effects of budget cuts and on admission criteria for nonblack minorities. Responses from 107 schools, showed that the national median percent of black freshmen remained at five percent, as it was in 1974, compared to six percent in 1973, five percent in 1972, four percent in 1971 and 1970, and three percent in 1969. The southern region was the only region that increased (six percent in 1975, five percent in 1974). Nonblack minority enrollments of freshmen are presented, and western schools were revealed to have the highest percentages of nonblack minorities (six percent Asian Americans, and five percent Spanish-speaking Americans). While 24 percent of the schools reported some impact of tighter budgets in minority admissions programs in 1975, there was a rate of 40 percent in 1974. The number of schools employing open admissions has increased, as has the mean number of admissions criteria employed by the schools. The number of special programs is down, as is the number of schools employing different criteria for minority students. The arguments for considering race and sex-related variables in admissions are presented, and noncognitive variables useful in selecting cultural and racial minority students are suggested. (Author/SW)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Admission Criteria, Black Students, College Admission, College Freshmen, Enrollment Rate, Enrollment Trends, Higher Education, Minority Groups, National Surveys, Selective Admission, Statistical Data, Universities
Counseling Center, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742 ($1.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Cultural Study Center.