Essay on Affirmative Action in College Admissions

1142 Words Nov 12th, 2008 5 Pages
Affirmative Action in College Admissions
Affirmative Action has become one of the most controversial issues regarding college admissions. It is an issue that exposes profiling to its highest extent. Race, gender and income now become vital factors in education opportunities. Affirmative Action is the procedure that is used as a criteria in admissions that will increase the points a college applicant receives on their application evaluation based on the previous factors. Whether race should be considered in the admission of a college applicant, is without a doubt a must in all states. Affirmative Action definitely will improve the opportunities of a minority student applying at a university but it will not be the deciding factor. When
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(Miller) Since minorities tend to be at a disadvantage in education opportunities, affirmative action can aid in their admissions of they have the qualifying merit. Without affirmative action, the minorities accepted into a university would decrease no longer would diversity be promoted. Since diversity plays such an important role in student life, it is essential that affirmative action remains to assure the university required diversity level and students an opportunity to learn of other cultures. Ending affirmative action in public colleges in Texas would affect tremendously the diversity level of students applying. According to a study done on whether ending affirmative action would lower the percent of minority students applying to college at the University of Texas-Pan American, the percent Hispanics applying to college lowered by 1.6 percentage points and the percent of African American students applying to college lowered by 2.1 percentage points. (Dickson) Minority students were aghast by the government’s decision to terminate a policy that they rightfully deserved. Because minorities do not have equal opportunities this is the only way they are compensated for their disadvantages. Since racial discrimination will always exist; this policy that could only benefit a minority should not end. Instead this policy could help bring an end to racial discrimination in the college

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