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ERIC Number: ED632416
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2023-Jul
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
The Urgency of Fair and Equitable Holistic Review of College Applicants. Equitable College Admissions Practices
Bastedo, Michael
Campaign for College Opportunity
This brief is part of the Affirming Equity, Ensuring Inclusion, and Empowering Action initiative. This brief is focused on holistic review, a strategy in college admissions that assesses an applicant's unique experiences alongside a range of indicators that include grades, extra curriculars, environmental context, among other factors. For admissions officers, it is a powerful tool and a fairer and more thoughtful approach to reviewing student applications and ensuring a more diverse student body. Promising policy practices in admissions can promote greater equity and access for students if admission officers and college leaders act decisively and with a commitment to a more thoughtful approach to college admissions. Colleges can use their own data to examine the disparate racial effects of their current practices and choose different enrollment policies and strategies to mitigate the effects of a ban on race-conscious admissions, in ways that are both legally permissible and more racially equitable. [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
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation; Stuart Foundation; College Futures Foundation; Kresge Foundation; W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund; Great Public Schools Now (GPSN)
Authoring Institution: Campaign for College Opportunity
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A