ERIC Number: ED257331
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-May
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A Challenge for the States: Protecting Minority Access within Systemwide Admissions Standards.
Anrig, Gregory R.
AAHE Bulletin, p3-7 May 1985
The challenge posed by a decline in minority enrollment and a new push to raise college admission standards is discussed. State governing board members must consider whether to institute more stringent and systemwide admissions policies and must weigh the effect of such policies on prospective minority enrollment. Policymakers need to protect the basic principles of fairness and opportunity in higher education. To assist policymakers with decisions on systemwide admissions policies, the Educational Testing Service initiated a study by Hunter M. Breland on the impact of the following five admissions models on minority enrollments: single index model, multiple index model, either-or model, sliding scale model, and predicted performance model. Another study, conducted by Richard Duran, which used data on Hispanic performance on admissions tests, raises important issues for state boards of higher education. An example of the difficulty of shaping a fair standard across colleges is the recent controversy over the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Proposition 48, which stipulates academic standards for freshmen athletes. The College Board has developed guidelines for systems or groups of colleges that use College Board tests for admission purposes. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Access to Education, Admission Criteria, Aptitude Tests, Board of Education Policy, College Entrance Examinations, Decision Making, Declining Enrollment, Governing Boards, Guidelines, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Policy Formation, State Colleges, State Standards
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
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