Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Class-Based Admissions Boost Campus Diversity: News

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Class-Based Admissions Boost Campus Diversity: News

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The phasing-out of "affirmative action" based on race in US universities need not lead to a reduction in the number of minority students on campus, according to a study of class-based admissions at the University of Colorado Boulder.

In June, the Supreme Court delivered a ruling against racial affirmative action policies. Institutions can consider ethnicity in admissions only "if available, workable race-neutral alternatives do not suffice", the court ruled in Fisher v University of Texas at Austin.

Two academics have now looked at a pilot of Colorado's class-based admissions system to see whether it would admit fewer minority groups than the system that explicitly gave them an advantage.

Contrary to expectations, the class-based system slightly increased admission rates for underrepresented ethnic minority applicants, according to "Considering Class: College Access and Diversity", an article in the latest issue of Harvard Law and Policy Review by Matthew Gaertner, research scientist at the Pearson Center for College and Career Success, and Melissa Hart, an associate professor of law at Colorado. …

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