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ERIC Number: EJ779182
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2946
Open Admissions at the City University of New York
Crain, William
Academe, v89 n4 p46-50 Jul-Aug 2003
African Americans were largely absent from a college that was emblematic of democratic opportunity. Established as the Free Academy in 1847, City College had given thousands of poor and working-class students and recent immigrants the chance for a college education they couldn't otherwise afford. But even during the 1960s, the student body of City College was largely white--as was the overarching City University of New York (CUNY), which City College and other campuses joined in 1961. Then, in 1969, riding the crest of the civil rights movement, a group of African American and Latino students shut down City College's South Campus. They demanded that the college reflect the racial and ethnic composition of Harlem. After numerous tense meetings, New York City's politicians agreed upon an open admissions policy that guaranteed every New York City high school graduate a place in CUNY. This often meant a place in one of CUNY's community (two-year) colleges. But as sociologists David Lavin and David Hyllegard point out in their 1996 book, "Changing the Odds: Open Admissions and the Life Chances of the Disadvantaged," open admissions was groundbreaking because it was oriented toward the senior (four-year) colleges. In this article, the author documents recent efforts to roll back admissions policies that were launched in the 1970s to increase minority participation in the City University of New York. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York