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ERIC Number: ED238360
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Affirmative Action. [AGB Pocket Publications. No. 12].
Newcomb, Betty
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
The history of affirmative action, current requirements, myths concerning these requirements for higher education, and the responsibilities of college trustees are considered. Affirmative action is defined as follows: steps taken to ensure that there is nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in employment and educational programs; result-oriented steps taken toward the elimination of barriers for protected classes; steps taken by order of a compliance agency or the courts; and steps taken by an institution with no history of overt discrimination. Myths include the following: universities have had funds stopped for noncompliance with regulations; the federal government requires employers to fill quotas for women and minorities; white males are being systematically discriminated against in favor of less qualified women and minorities; the federal government requires that professional schools give preferences in admission to minorities; and women are not discriminated against. It is suggested that trustees' responsibilities include the following: establishing a commitment to equal opportunity, requiring that affirmative action become an important part of institutional practices, and including the views of women and minorities in institutional decision-making. (SW)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.