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ERIC Number: ED447757
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Preferences in Maryland Higher Education: Racial and Ethnic Preferences in Undergraduate Admissions at Maryland Four-Year Public Colleges and Universities.
Lerner, Robert; Nagai, Althea K.
This study examined the extent to which racial and ethnic preferences were used in the admissions policies of Maryland's four-year public colleges and universities. Ten institutions provided data on in-state enrollees (race, sex, and SAT scores). Data analysis indicated that white in-state enrollees on average had substantially higher SAT scores compared to black in-state enrollees. At most schools, the SAT math score gap between blacks and whites was large, and the verbal score gap was moderate or large. There was less of a systematic pattern regarding white-Hispanic and white-Asian test score differences, though the former gaps were greater and more common than the latter. Especially at large institutions, the greater gaps between groups were mirrored in lower graduation rates for minorities. Blacks were subject to remediation at a greater rate than members of other racial and ethnic groups, and the disparities in remediation rates were generally related to gaps in enrollee test scores. Remediation, however, did not close the gap with respect to the rate of retention. (SM)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Equal Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Maryland