The Importance Of Civil Rights In Higher Education

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As the population continues to grow in America, the topic of diversity and opinions about it are on the rise as well. Previously, civil rights have been an issue in the United States and are still blamed for the oppression faced today; however, civil rights are not the current issue at hand. From the privilege movements, incorporating fair treatment and creating more diversity to make up for the events in the past is the present issue at hand. Being a free country, the United States is constantly accepting new immigrants that travel here to find a better life for themselves. Because of the many races and ethnicities that move into it, the country begins to increase its variety of ethnicities such as Latinos, Orientals, and Middle Easterners. …show more content…
In The Relationship Between Equality and Access in Law School Admissions (2000), the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is discussed and says “the provisions of the Act ensured that all citizens would have similar and fair access to employment, public accommodations, education, and public facilities”. Because citizens of the United States are not a single race and includes every person living in the country with citizenship, these people, all races alike, should all receive fair access to education per the act. Therefore, no race or minority should receive more treatment than majorities and everyone should receive an equal opportunity when applying for higher …show more content…
If colleges continue to preference minorities over majorities, there will become a point in the future where minorities are the new majority for colleges and it will be nearly impossible for whites to be accepted, the main issue that would derive from no change in the admission process. Studies already show an increase in the number of students from different backgrounds that are now enrolled in colleges. The National Center for Education Statistics shows the “Percentage of 18- to 24-year-olds enrolled in degree-granting postsecondary institutions, by level of institution and sex and race/ethnicity of student: 1970 through 2014” (National Center for Education Statistics, 2015). Beginning with the white minority, throughout the 44 years of the statistics, white enrollment has increased by 15.1%. This sounds like a significant increase, but against other minorities, it is very minimal. Blacks were found to have a 17.1% growth over the 44 years, Hispanics a 21.3% growth in 42 years, and Asians a 19.1% growth in just 25 years (National Center for Education Statistics, 2015). Colleges and Universities only accept so many people, so if this trend continues, it will be hard for whites to continue to increase their number of enrolled students if other races grow quicker because of the

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