ERIC Number: EJ1176888
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
What Role May Admissions Office Diversity and Practices Play in Equitable Decisions?
Bowman, Nicholas A.; Bastedo, Michael N.
Research in Higher Education, v59 n4 p430-447 Jun 2018
Attending a selective college or university has a notable impact on the likelihood of graduation, graduate school attendance, social networks, and career earnings. Given these short-term and long-term benefits, surprisingly little research has directly explored the factors that might promote or detract from equitable admissions decisions at these schools. This study examined a unique national sample of 311 undergraduate admissions officers who work at selective institutions to explore this issue. Among the descriptive findings, more than half of respondents reported that they consider applicants' demonstrated interest in attending their institution when making a recommendation, about two-thirds review at least 100 applications during busy weeks, and almost half were working at their alma mater. Moreover, in a simulation of admissions scoring, admissions officers from historically underrepresented groups were more likely to admit low-SES applicants, whereas participants with more work experience and who were employed at their alma mater provided less equitable recommendations.
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Admissions Officers, College Admission, Access to Education, Equal Education, Decision Making, Socioeconomic Status, Undergraduate Study, Selective Admission, Admission Criteria, Simulation, Disproportionate Representation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: F033963