Confronting Racism in Admissions


In this article, the author discusses barriers admitting Black students to US universities, including the wealth gap, systemic racism, and prohibitions on affirmative action in some states. It details a report by the Education Trust on Black and Latinx enrollment at 101 selective public colleges, which found only 9 percent enroll Black students at rates proportionate to their population within the state. The report makes a number of recommendations, including using race more prominently in admission decisions and rescinding state bans on affirmative action.

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