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How More Black Students Are Getting into College Without Affirmative Action

By Dr. Sinclair Grey III

Colleges and universities need to have more diversity among college students. One trend that has happened over years and in some cases continues to happen is that schools admit legacy students. In case you’re not familiar with the phrase ‘legacy student’ – they are children or relatives of alumni. Whenever legacy students are admitted {just because}, the likelihood of creating a diverse student body decreases.

In a report released by the American Council on Education, about a third of all schools are reducing their preference for admitting legacy students. ACE found that “Four-year universities are also giving additional consideration to transfer students from community colleges, which tend to educate more minorities than traditional four-year institutions,” according to the Huffington Post.

Schools are currently trying to find more ways to attract diversity. Areas that are being considered are reducing the emphasis on SAT and ACT scores and recruiting more economically disadvantaged students through providing more targeted financial aid.

“ACE’s report draws on responses from 338 nonprofit four-year institutions that collectively enrolled 2.7 million students, and was carried out in partnership with the Civil Rights Project at UCLA and Pearson’s Center for College & Career Success, part of the international educational materials company’s Research and Innovation Network.”

Even though affirmative action can be used as long as the state of that particular college hasn’t banned it, it cannot be the sole factor in granting admission. What schools cannot do is implement racial quota. Note: States such as California and Michigan ban affirmative action at public universities.

ACE did find that three out of four colleges are considering race when it comes to creating diversity. Race and diversity will always be one of the main topics when it comes to college admissions.

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case of Fisher v. University of Texas as Austin in which a white undergraduate applicant is implying that she wasn’t admitted to the school because of her race.

Source: Huffington Post

Dr. Sinclair Grey III is an activist, speaker, writer, author, life coach and radio/television talk show host (Tuesdays at 7pm). Contact him at, [email protected] or on Twitter @drsinclairgrey

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