Essay Affirmative Action For College Admissions

1276 Words Apr 4th, 2016 6 Pages
Affirmative Action—the consideration of race in college admissions—allows colleges to admit students based on their race to increase campus diversity, even if their academic standing is not as high as other students applying to the university. A common fallacy is that minorities are underrepresented in higher education, and while this may be historically accurate, there is a new group that is losing the benefits of higher education—lower class students. By extending more opportunities to these students, colleges can increase diversity on campus without considering race, and develop a wider range of backgrounds and experiences within their student body. It is time to end the affirmative action practice of taking race into the consideration of college admissions and move to an affirmative system based on socioeconomic class, extending opportunities to those who cannot afford to attend college on their own. During the Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s African Americans were grossly underrepresented in higher education, mainly because segregation had only recently been outlawed. Racial preference affirmative action for college admissions began in 1961 when John F. Kennedy signed into effect Executive Order 10925. This order mandated that government agencies and universities accept applicants without regard to race or other discriminating factors (“A Brief History”). Because state colleges and universities are government entities, the order extended to their admissions of…

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