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ERIC Number: ED472484
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Feb
Pages: 76
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Percent Plans in College Admissions: A Comparative Analysis of Three States' Experiences.
Horn, Catherine L.; Flores, Stella M.
Texas, California, and Florida are implementing versions of a percent plan in college admissions. This report assesses these plans using data from published information on the plans; state- and institution-calculated higher education application, admission, and enrollment data; media accounts of social and political contexts surrounding the plans; and interviews with key administrators at several flagship institutions. The report describes the public university systems, outlines the history of each plan's creation, and presents data on the effectiveness of these plans in creating and maintaining racially diverse student bodies. It also highlights efforts of individual flagship institutions (where, because of the competitiveness of their admission standards, race-conscious policies have been essential in maintaining diversity) toward these goals. In outlining similarities and differences in these three states' approaches to ending race-conscious admission policies, the report attempts to determine whether percent plans work to maintain diversity on public university campuses. Overall, the percent plans have the least impact on the most competitive campuses. Only the Texas plan provides automatic admission to the best campuses. Increased diversity on many campuses cannot be singularly attributed to percent plans because they have happened in the context of extensive race-attentive efforts by these schools. Four appendices contain high school completion rates by state (1994-2000), college enrollment rates by state (2000), and participating high schools in the Texas and California programs. (Contains 1 figure, 30 tables, and 111 references.) (SM)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Civil Rights Project, Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers - Location: California; Florida; Texas