ERIC Number: ED421073
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Preferences at the Service Academies. Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Preferences in Admissions to the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.
Lerner, Robert; Nagai, Althea K.
This study used statistical analysis to determine the extent to which racial, ethnic, and gender preferences are affect admissions policies of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (New York) and the U.S. Naval academy at Annapolis (Maryland). The study used data for all applicants for the fall 1995 freshman class that included racial or ethnic group membership, gender, verbal and math scores on the Scholastic Assessment Tests (SAT), and high school class rank. Data are presented in text, figures, and tables for the following factors: racial and ethnic differences in admission rates; sex differences in admission rates; differences in admittee qualifications between whites and blacks, between whites and Hispanics, and between whites and Asians; and gender differences in admittee qualifications. A section on computing the odds of admission uses logistic regression to show effects of racial and ethnic group membership and of gender on admission chances. Data are also presented which show how preferences affect graduation rates and the admission of less-qualified black and Hispanic students over Asian and white applicants. A breakdown of the data by each of the two schools is also provided. (DB)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Affirmative Action, Asian Americans, Black Students, College Admission, College Applicants, College Outcomes Assessment, Ethnic Groups, Graduation, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Military Schools, Minority Groups, Racial Factors, Sex Differences, Statistical Analysis, White Students
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