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The importance of affirmative action in american colleges

‘Race-based’ vs. ‘race-conscious’

Opinion Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events Does the nation still need affirmative action? Graduation ceremonies on Dec. Here is the big picture. According to Education Department statisticsthere has been no dramatic change since the Supreme Court found in 2003 that promoting diversity on college campuses is a compelling national interest.

The share of 18- to 24-year-old whites who are enrolled in college stayed about flat between 2003 and 2015, at 42 percent.

What is affirmative action in American universities?

African American enrollment in that age group changed only a bit, from 32 percent to 35 percent, continuing to lag whites. Though Latinos gained, from 24 percent to 37 percent, they, too, continue to trail whites in the percentage of college-age people enrolled.

College enrollment among black 18- to 24-year-olds in 2015 was up 19 percentage points from 1970. But white enrollment surged a comparable amount over that period, by 15 percentage points.

The ‘mismatch theory’

The typical college campus in the United States is still very white — and the typical university of higher quality, even whiter. In 2014, whites made up the bulk of students in four-year colleges — 58 percent. Meanwhile, the four-year college population was 13 percent African American, up only a point from a decade before, and 12 percent Latino, up a few points over a decade.

  1. The idea of affirmative action was first introduced by John F Kennedy in 1961, with a law which included a provision that government contractors "take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race, creed, colour, or national origin. Kennedy quotes Martin Luther King Jr.
  2. It is against the values of equality and fairness when someone is favored on the basis of color or gender at the cost of someone with equal or greater merit.
  3. Time to scrap affirmative action?
  4. Typical middle-class African American children do not. It is against the values of equality and fairness when someone is favored on the basis of color or gender at the cost of someone with equal or greater merit.

Whites are somewhat less dominant at two-year colleges, making up 51 percent of the population attending those schools. African Americans account for 15 percent and Latinos 23 percent, higher than their four-year figures. The New York Times reported that the goal would be to curb ostensible discrimination against white applicants. We hope that is true.

Affirmative action in U.S. college admissions: Definition, examples, pros and cons

If the weight and resources of the federal government are devoted to suing universities, schools could be discouraged from using legal methods to build diverse student bodies. The possibility that high-performing Asian Americans may face implicit quotas is particularly troubling.

But the nation has not yet made enough progress in clearing paths of opportunity for historically disadvantaged minorities or in building college communities that reflect its rapidly diversifying character.

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