ERIC Number: ED445136
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Preferences in Minnesota Higher Education: Racial and Ethnic Preferences in Undergraduate Admissions at Four Minnesota Public University Campuses.
Lerner, Robert; Nagai, Althea K.
This study examined the extent to which racial and ethnic preferences are used in the admissions policies of a cross-section of Minnesota's public universities. It submits admissions data supplied by these universities to a rigorous statistical analysis. Findings show that there is substantial evidence that the University of Minnesota at Twin Cities (UMTC) campuses and Duluth (UMD) discriminate against White applicants in favor of minority applicants in their admissions policies. At the four public universities in Minnesota covered by this study, White admittees on average have higher American College Testing Program (ACT) composite test scores than Blacks admitted to the same schools. White-Black differences in high school percentile ranks vary. At only one of the four campuses do Blacks have a higher class percentile rank than do Whites. The relative odds of admission at UMTC and UMD show a strong degree of preference given to Blacks over Whites. Relative odds ratios show preference for Hispanics over Whites at UMTC. At three of the campuses, White students had higher ACTs than did Asian students, and relative odds ratios show that Asians receive preferences in admissions relative to Whites at UMD and UMTC. The evidence indicates that Minnesota schools would not become segregated in the absence of preferences. All of these universities, if they used a colorblind process, would have many nonwhite admittees. (Contains 23 figures.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Equal Opportunity, Washington, DC.