ERIC Number: ED476896
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Beyond Percentage Plans: The Challenge of Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. Staff Report.
Alba, Manuel; Butler, Margaret; Dennis-Elmore, Monique; Johnson, Wanda; MacDougall, Sock-Foon; Rudert, Eileen; Zieseniss, Mireille
This staff report updates the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights' previous assessment of percentage plans in California, Florida, and Texas and examines the pattern of racial/ethnic diversity among first-time students and graduate, law, and medical students. Staff of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights analyzed college application, admission, and enrollment data obtained directly from official state and university sources in the three states. The critical question guiding the analysis was whether percentage plans can achieve the goal of equal educational opportunity, and the analysis indicates that they cannot. The findings of this report mirror those of the earlier report: percentage plans alone do not improve diversity by recruiting underrepresented minority groups and will only have their desired effect if affirmative action and other supplemental recruitment, admissions, and academic support programs remain in place. The report also examines federal outreach programs, such as TRIP and financial aid, that further the goal of equal educational access. To ensure equal access, states and the federal government must commit to multifaceted and inclusive admissions processes, incorporating adequate financial aid and academic support services. (Contains 32 figures and 32 tables.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Affirmative Action, College Admission, College Students, Enrollment Management, Equal Education, Higher Education, Racial Composition, State Programs
For full text: http://www.usccr.gov/pubs/percent2/percent2.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
Note: Prepared by the Office for Civil Rights Evaluation.