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ERIC Number: ED632418
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2023-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Ensuring Fairness in College Admissions: Rethinking Recruitment, Demonstrated Interest Strategies, Early Decision, and Legacy Admission. Equitable College Admissions Practices
Bell, Lauren; Peters, Eleanor Eckerson
Campaign for College Opportunity
This brief is part of the Affirming Equity, Ensuring Inclusion, and Empowering Action initiative. This brief--which draws on a thorough review of existing research, original data analysis, and conversations with institutional leaders and experts--urges college leaders and admissions officials to address longstanding inequities in college access by rethinking four policies and practices: (1) recruitment strategies; (2) demonstrated interest policies; (3) early admission deadlines; and (4) legacy admission policies. These practices too often are barriers to the economic mobility a college degree can offer. For all Americans to have access to a valuable college education, there must be a thorough review of current admissions practices and, most importantly, the courage to change them in ways that prioritize equity. [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: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: College Futures Foundation; Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund; Kresge Foundation; Lumina Foundation; Stuart Foundation; W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Great Public Schools Now (GPSN); Joyce Foundation
Authoring Institution: Campaign for College Opportunity; Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP)
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A