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ERIC Number: EJ786725
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb-8
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Study Challenges Assumptions about Affirmative-Action Bans
Schmidt, Peter
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n22 pA20 Feb 2008
This article reports the results of a new study on the impact of bans on race-conscious admissions policies which seem to confirm what many critics of affirmative action have long suspected: It is Asian-Americans, rather than whites, who are most disadvantaged by elite universities' consideration of ethnicity and race. Left unanswered are the likely political ramifications of its finding that Asian-American enrollment has surged--and whites' share of enrollment has actually declined--at elite universities that were forced to abandon affirmative-action preferences. The study was based on an analysis of enrollment data from selective universities in three states: California, Florida, and Texas. The researchers behind the study, who characterize themselves as supporters of affirmative action, say in the report on their findings that the absence of any white enrollment surge at the institutions examined "can hardly be satisfying" to "those who campaigned for the elimination of affirmative action in the belief that it would advantage the admission of white students." Their report predicts a white backlash against race-neutral admissions policies if Asian-Americans continue to make gains.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; Florida; Texas