Affirmative Action In Education And Equal Employment Opportunity

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The United States government enacted affirmative action in 1961 during the Kennedy administration to give minorities an equal opportunity in society (“A brief History…”). Since then, many colleges and companies across the nation have implemented this action. Included in this action is a group of executive orders. One of the most popular executive actions introduced is the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that requires companies employed by the federal government to not judge based on race, religion, sex, or national origin during the hiring process. The requirements placed on the hiring process merged with the education sphere to control the admission process. Colleges that employ affirmative action in admissions take away opportunities …show more content…
“[Using] ‘race-blind’ and ‘race conscious’ forms... in college admissions... are only available if elite colleges are willing to lower average test scores… and thereby lower graduation rates” (Carnevale, Rose, and Strohl 188). With lower test scores, this can deter students from attending the school due to a lowering credibility to the school. By attending a school with high-test scores, it will look much better on a resume compared to a college that lowers standards regularly for minority students. There is too great a cost associated with affirmative action to promote equality. There comes a point when colleges are losing more than they could gain through filtering the applicants based off race. The minority students that need help to get into college are not helped, “preferences primarily benefit minority applicants from middle- and upper-class backgrounds” (Sacks and Thiel). Middle and upper class minority students already have the same opportunities and education as white students have. Colleges should research this and realize that they have reached the usable lifespan of affirmative action, and should look into a new …show more content…
They commonly say students that fall into this category do not have the same opportunities as whites. By adjusting admission standards, it helps to provide a level playing field for all races to achieve. It is not true that it would provide a level playing field because colleges will never achieve this. If affirmative action goes away, then minority enrollment would drop significantly. “If [affirmative action] AA were banned, minority enrollment in the top quintile of colleges would decrease by 52.4%” (Hickman 3). Minority students already are underrepresented in colleges, and by dropping over 50%, the numbers would be much worse. The dropping numbers help prove the fact that they have not earned their way into college because they feel entitled to receive help due to past circumstances. This program has proven to be effective in changing a person 's life that did not have the opportunity to earlier. “With help from high school counselors, I discovered Stanford. And thanks to an aggressive minority outreach program by the admissions office, I was given the opportunity of a first-rate education” (Ogletree). Experiences like this prove the results of these admission standards that colleges across the nation have employed. Unfortunately, there are less and less success stories like the one

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