Colleges and universities across the nation approach enrollment varied in many different ways. Some schools actively seek to diversify their student body, while other schools continue that academic excellence should be the most important factor when considering a student for admission.
Currently, the University System of Maryland Board of Regents is considering the role that varied plays in higher education. Recently, at a forum on varied in Maryland, many influential members of the state education system met to discuss how Maryland is dealing with varied in higher education. Dan Mote, University of Maryland President, Brit Kirwan, university system chancellor, and others expressed concern regarding varied in the state of Maryland:
“There’s no silver bullet for this problem. It’s not a one-problem, one-program, one-idea kind of problem. There are just a lot of pieces to this…. We have a lot of programs supporting people from disadvantaged circumstances and, of course, minority enrollment and varied and all of these issues,” Mote said. The university’s minority programs provide “a lot of opportunities to implement ideas,” Mote said, adding that this university will work with the USM in developing initiatives that target black males.’ 1
A different student body in higher education is important to different schools for different reasons. In Maryland, officials expressed concern that if minority access to higher education is not improved, the future of the state may be at stake; “because if the growing minority population doesn’t receive an adequate higher education, the state’s workforce will decrease and the economy will suffer.”
Promoting racial varied in higher education is a complicated endeavor, as justice Ginsburg noted: “It’s very hard for me to see how you can have a racial objective, but a non-racial method to get there.”
Along these lines, the American Civil Rights Coalition–a group that has been called “anti-affirmative action” is investigating the admissions policies in Arizona, and 8 other states.
An ASU spokeswoman stated that ”A student’s ethnic background has never been used as a factor in calculating admittance to ASU,”, she also declared that academic qualifications are the only criterion for admissions.
Conversely–in an attempt to increase varied in the student body–the University of Wisconsin has decided to include race as a factor in the admissions course of action.
As Dan Mote expressed, the problem of racial varied in higher education is much more deeply rooted than the admissions course of action. The insignificant fact that the pool of qualified applicants is not in proportion with the racial constitution of a given population is a good indication that there is a more deeply-rooted problem.
Unfortunately this point brings the argument complete course of action; how can we change racial varied in higher education without using racial qualifiers to unprotected to these goals?
Perhaps we need to revisit the larger issue: should promoting varied be considered reverse discrimination?
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–supplies 1 Overly, Steven; “University struggles with minority education”, Diamondbackonline, 2-20-07 2 Associated Press “Anti-affirmative action group to probe Arizona schools” Mohave Daily News, February 19, 2007