Pew: Half Of Americans Disapprove Of College Admissions Based On Race
Just 33% of U.S. adults support selective colleges and universities considering race and ethnic background in admissions decisions, while half disapprove and 16% are unsure, per the first survey.
Many more Republicans and independents who lean Republican (74%) oppose these sorts of admission decisions, while 54% of Democrats and those who lean Democrat, approve.
The second survey—this one focused on Asian-American adults—found that 53% of Asian adults who have heard of affirmative action view it positively, although 76% said that colleges should not factor race or ethnicity into admissions.
“Overall, majorities of Asian adults across gender, age, education and origin groups say race or ethnicity should not factor into college admissions,” according to Pew.
An overwhelming majority said that grades (87%), standardized test scores and community service (71%) should factor into admissions. Much fewer (33%) thought that athletic ability should be part of the admissions calculus, and an even smaller group (10%) supported family connections (“legacies”).
For more information on the upcoming court cases, visit The Supreme Court of the United States blog, where detailed records are kept from both the Harvard and University of North Carolina complaints. Harvard has even gone so far as to compile data and summaries about the lawsuit on their own website. They maintain that having racial quotas as part of their admissions process ensures that the student body will remain diverse and better represent the extraordinary pool of applicants they receive each year.
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Edited by Jessi Rexroad Shull and Kyana Jeanin Rubinfeld