ERIC Number: EJ1006529
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
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Were Minority Students Discouraged from Applying to University of California Campuses after the Affirmative Action Ban?
Antonovics, Kate; Backes, Ben
Education Finance and Policy, v8 n2 p208-250 Spr 2013
This paper uses student-level data to investigate how the college application behavior of underrepresented minorities (URMs) changed in response to the 1998 end of affirmative action in admissions at the University of California (UC). We show that all URMs experienced a drop in their probability of admission to at least one UC campus. However, the relative decline in URM SAT score-sending rates--our proxy for application rates--was small and concentrated at Berkeley and UCLA among underrepresented minorities who experienced the largest relative drop in their predicted probability of admission. In addition, we find some evidence of a shift toward less-selective UC campuses rather than out of the UC system. Overall, our paper highlights the stability of URM application behavior in the face of substantial declines in their admission rates.
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Minority Group Students, College Applicants, Behavior Change, Disproportionate Representation, College Admission, State Universities, Probability
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: California