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ERIC Number: ED632412
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2023-Oct
Pages: 25
Abstractor: ERIC
Direct Admissions: Reimagining College Applications to Promote Equity. Equitable College Admissions Practices
Odle, Taylor
Campaign for College Opportunity
This brief is part of the Affirming Equity, Ensuring Inclusion, and Empowering Action initiative. The brief describes the emerging practice of direct admissions, including how the practice has been designed, what outcomes it has produced, and considerations for policymakers debating the implementation of a direct admissions program in their state or system. Direct admissions policies address the barriers associated with the admissions process. Direct admissions removes complexity, simplifying the college application process, saving students time and money, and eliminating barriers that disproportionately impact students from minoritized backgrounds due to unevenly distributed social and cultural capital. Direct admissions policies provide students with an early guarantee of college admission at a critical point in high school. This guarantee of acceptance signals the students' college-going potential and reduces the uncertainty and risk of applying. Direct admissions programs tell students that they are college material and that there is a place for them. This holds the potential to overcome wide racial gaps in college-going beliefs. This brief provides summaries of how Idaho, Hawai'i, and Minnesota have adopted and designed direct admissions programs for the public institutions in their states. [Eileen and Harold Brown provided additional funding for this series of briefs.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Joyce Foundation; Spencer Foundation; College Futures Foundation; Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund; Kresge Foundation; Lumina Foundation; Stuart Foundation; W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Great Public Schools Now (GPSN)
Authoring Institution: Campaign for College Opportunity
Identifiers - Location: Idaho; Hawaii; Minnesota
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A