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Race, Class, and College Access: Achieving Diversity in a Shifting Legal Landscape

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Race, Class, and College Access: Achieving Diversity in a Shifting Legal Landscape

July 21, 2015

ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy, in partnership with the Civil Rights Project at UCLA and the Center for College & Career Success in Pearson’s Research and Innovation Network—and with support from the National Association for College Admission Counseling, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, the College Board and EducationCounsel—released a groundbreaking report examining how legal challenges to race-conscious admissions are influencing contemporary admissions practices at selective colleges and universities around the country. The report is especially timely in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to take a second look at the constitutionality of the University of Texas’ admissions policy by granting review in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.

Study findings are based on responses to a first-of-its-kind national survey of undergraduate admissions and enrollment management leaders administered in 2014–15. Data reflect responses from 338 nonprofit four-year institutions that collectively enrolled 2.7 million students and fielded over 3 million applications for admission in 2013–14. Among other findings, the authors examine the most widely used and effective diversity strategies; changes in admissions factors after the 2013 Fisher ruling and statewide bans on race-conscious admissions; and the most sought after research and guidance given the current legal and policy landscape. 
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