Select network Affirmative action is one of the most controversial and important social policy decisions adopted by the United States in the past decades.
October 31, Allison Kowalski The often secretive and arbitrary-seeming acceptance and rejection decisions by elite colleges have long sparked controversy and, thus, news stories.
The plaintiffs point out that the percentage of Asian students at top colleges has remained stable even as the percentage of highly qualified Asians in the college applicant pool has risen sharply. ByAsian-American students made up about a third of that elite group, they say.
Meanwhile the percentage of students of Asian descent at Harvard, for example, has remained steady in the 18 to 21 percent range so far this century. And a study from a book on admissions practices found that Asian-Americans had to score points higher on a point scale on the SAT than white students to have the same chance at admission to several elite colleges.
Selective schools that claim to ignore the race of the applicant and only consider academic qualifications tend to enroll higher percentages of Asians, Zhao said.
The California Institute of Technology, an elite private college located in a state that has banned affirmative action policies, has seen its Asian population grow since the banfor example.
But other Asian advocacy groups support affirmative action policies.
Ochi said an important part of the story, when searching for evidence of discriminatory admissions policies, is to look at the number of students of a particular race who apply and are admitted.
Often, Ochi has seen reporting that relies on whether the students enrolled in the college — a number that can be skewed based on whether or not the student actually accepted the enrollment. But the applicant demographic and qualification data needed to show whether any particular college is in fact holding members of different racial groups to different admissions standards is not required to be made public.
There could be many causes for different average test scores and GPAs of different subgroups, she said.
One point Ochi and Zhao agreed upon: This item appears in.Affirmative action is justified as a means of negating this unfair disadvantage. According to the Fair-Start Defense (FSD), affirmative action is justified as a response to harms caused by institutional sexism and racism.
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Affirmative Action Essay - What can be done about the majority of higher paying jobs going to the white males, and the issue of racial/sexual discrimination in both the workplace and in education.
To this, the government already has its so-called solution affirmative action. Affirmative action is a recent attempt to solve the discriminations produced by racial inequality. However, affirmative action is also being scrutinized as scholars and the public debate the benefits and harms of affirmative action.
A Historical View Throughout the past 30 years, affirmative action has been the answer to racial inequality. The Best Affirmative Action Essay Prompts Decades after it was introduced by President Kennedy in , affirmative action is still one of the most controversial issues in US history. Naturally this makes it a popular subject for essays at all levels of education.