Friday, October 19, 2007

Affirmative action of a different kind

Researchers with access to closely guarded college admissions data have found that, on the whole, about 15 percent of freshmen enrolled at America's highly selective colleges are white teens who failed to meet their institutions' minimum admissions standards.

Five years ago, two researchers working for the Educational Testing Service, Anthony Carnevale and Stephen Rose, took the academic profiles of students admitted into 146 colleges in the top two tiers of Barron's college guide and matched them up against the institutions' advertised requirements in terms of high school grade point average, SAT or ACT scores, letters of recommendation, and records of involvement in extracurricular activities. White students who failed to make the grade on all counts were nearly twice as prevalent on such campuses as black and Hispanic students who received an admissions break based on their ethnicity or race.

The Boston Globe story is here. There's some discussion over at Sepia Mutiny and; in particular, don't forget to read Gabriel Rossman's comemnt.

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I'm sure you all remember earlier posts on Daniel Golden's work on affirmative action for the rich.