June 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Defying expectations that it was on the brink of doing away with affirmative action in higher education, the Supreme Court upheld using race as a factor in admissions decisions Monday as long as the race-based policies were truly necessary to achieve diversity. The 7-1 vote brought conservative and liberal justices together on a middle-ground approach that reaffirms the importance of racial and ethnic diversity on campus while pushing college officials to try "race-neutral" policies for enrolling more minority students.
June 13, 2013 |
Any day now, the Supreme Court will announce its decision in the Fisher vs. University of Texas case, which could invalidate the use of race-conscious policies in college admissions. Some Asian American groups, such as the 80-20 Education Foundation, have been among the most vocal and visible in opposing what's broadly termed affirmative action. They believe getting rid of race considerations will work to the advantage of Asian Americans, who on average have held more extracurricular leadership positions and have higher test scores and grade-point averages than whites, yet have the lowest acceptance rate to elite private universities.
February 20, 2013 |
BEIJING - When the precocious 18-year-old applied for early admission to Beijing's International Relations University last year, she knew it was a long shot even with her outstanding scores on the gaokao , the all-important college admissions test, which put her in the top 6% of graduating seniors in her province. She wasn't crushed when she was rejected by the school, but she was later, when she found out that male applicants with lower scores had been accepted. "It's not fair," said the young woman, who asked to be quoted only by her nickname, Kale (pronounced Kala)
December 21, 2012 |
I'm flipping a coin. Pick heads or tails. OK, now which did you pick and why? Actually, never mind. It doesn't matter. Because unlike with college admission employees around the country, how I view your answer won't affect if you get into a university or not. But for students applying to places like the University of Chicago, it's a new reality. Garrett Brinker, an admissions official for the University of Chicago, told the Los Angeles Times in Wednesday's story that questions like “So where is Waldo, really?
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December 19, 2012 |
"So where is Waldo, really?" That's not the kind of question most high school seniors expect to find on their college admission applications. But it is one of the essay options that applicants to the University of Chicago face this year in their quest for a coveted freshman berth. It is the kind of mind-stretching, offbeat or downright freaky essay question that is becoming more common these days as colleges and universities seek to pierce the fog of students' traditional self-aggrandizing essays detailing their accomplishments and hardships.
October 10, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's conservative justices seemed inclined Wednesday to strike down a University of Texas affirmative action plan, but did not make it clear how far they might go in outlawing the use of race in admissions at all colleges and universities. In his opening question, Chief Justice John G. Roberts noted that applicants to the University of Texas must check a box to certify their race or ethnicity. Roberts asked whether a student who is one-fourth Hispanic would qualify as a minority.