College Admissions Probe Likely Won't Affect UA

By Mace, Mikayla | AZ Daily Star, August 3, 2017 | Go to article overview

College Admissions Probe Likely Won't Affect UA


Mace, Mikayla, AZ Daily Star


An effort reportedly being undertaken by the Trump administration to investigate discrimination in college admissions likely won't impact the University of Arizona, which abandoned-affirmative action policy following the passage of Arizona's Proposition 107 in 2010.

The amendment to the Arizona Constitution prohibits granting preferential treatment to or discriminating against any individual or group on the basis of "race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting."

This includes admissions and university-funded financial aid. Not included, however, is federal financial aid and private scholarships.

When Prop 107 passed, the UA president at the time, Robert Sheldon, said the university would work within the law to continue to promote diversity on campus.

Kasey Urquidez, UA vice president for enrollment management and student affairs, said that's still true, citing the link between low-income families and minorities.

"We've done work to make sure we are working closely with potentially low-income population students and also working with schools that have high free and reduced lunch enrollments to make sure we are an accessible institution in the hopes that all students who hope to come (to the UA) can find the opportunity," Urquidez said. …

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