Essay on A Diverse Student Body Has Been A Goal Within Education

1635 Words Mar 8th, 2015 7 Pages
Achieving a diverse student body has been a goal within education since the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483 (1954) that “separate but equal” violated the Fourteenth Amendment. Lipson (2007) state selective universities has been practicing race-based affirmative action and other racial diversity policies since 1960s. Many institutions try to establish methods to diversify the student body that does not discriminate against any particular group of ethnicities. Kaplan (2014) states admissions policies may not unjustifiably (bolded for emphases) discriminate on the basis of characteristics such as race, sex, disability, age, residence, or citizenship. Some institutions have utilized Affirmative action within the admissions process to justify using race in their decisions. Which leads to the wonder if Affirmative action the best way to achieve the institution’s diversity initiatives?
Two important statues should guide institutions when formulating a plan to incorporate Affirmative action in its admissions process. All persons born or naturalized in the United States are guaranteed equal protection under the laws (US Const. art. XIV, § 1). Title VI of the Civil Rights Act (2000) regulates no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.…

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