ERIC Number: EJ710293
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
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Accomplishing the Goals of Affirmative Action--with or without Affirmative Action
Sternberg, Robert J.
Change, v37 n1 p6 Jan-Feb 2005
Might it be possible to achieve some or all of the goals of affirmative action through an approach based on an entirely different definition of the problem? This article says "yes." Its logic rests not upon an approach that creates informal quotas for identified groups, but instead on one aimed at discovering merit in people who are members of these groups and recognizing it in college admissions systems. It contends many (and perhaps all) of the goals of affirmative action can be achieved through a merit-based system used instead of as a supplement to affirmative action. This article is divided into the following sections evaluating this issue: Traditional Closed Systems in Education; Hidden Talents; The Rainbow Project; Teaching and Assessing for Different Kinds of Abilities; and Rainbow Measures: Some Examples.
Descriptors: Merit Rating, Academic Achievement, Higher Education, Student Diversity, Cultural Pluralism, College Admission, Affirmative Action, Access to Education
Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Web site: http://www.heldref.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Equal Access