ERIC Number: EJ927265
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
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Why Preferences in College Admissions May Yield a More-Able Student Body
Li, Dong; Weisman, Dennis L.
Economics of Education Review, v30 n4 p724-728 Aug 2011
Critics of affirmative action policies contend that the elimination of racial preferences in college admissions would lead to a "more-able" student body. We develop a simple model comprised of three classes of college admissions--merit, race and legacy--to show that it is possible that a change in admissions policy that reduces racial preferences leads to a "less-able" student body. The change in admissions policy may serve only to ensure that more admissions are available for "sale" to wealthy alumni through legacy preferences. In other words, when there are multi-dimensional preferences, reducing or eliminating one dimension of preferences may lead to the unforeseen consequence of producing a "less able" student body.
Descriptors: Race, Academically Gifted, Affirmative Action, College Admission, Admission Criteria, Educational Policy, Policy Analysis, Educational Quality, Program Effectiveness, Advantaged
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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