The Importance Of Race And Diversity In The Application Process

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Going to college is one of the most important and difficult ways to get a job today. But sometimes getting into college might cause some issues. Recently college’s application process have been somewhat of a controversy. This is because of race being involved in the application process. I personally think race should not be important when getting into college. Why should your skin color determine if you can get into an institution or not? But others think it should because it makes society on campus diverse. Some might even say racism could play a part in the application process also. When race is involved in the application process it brings diversity, but it is not significant when education is the priority and it ruins equality. The college …show more content…
Douglas G. Campbell, a professor at Walden University, also agrees ““diversity” is discrimination based on race and ethnicity” and “its purpose and effect is the selection of individuals who would not have been selected but for their race or ethnicity” (3). Diversity can sometimes be used because a college just wants to diversify their campus but it still is racist. It all then leans back onto the application process, which then makes the argument even larger. People apply to a university and on the application the college puts questions and one is what is your ethnicity or something similar. They do this obviously to see what your ethnicity is so they can be more diverse. Therefore if you are a minority your chances of getting into the university is raised. But then others argue that if colleges can accept people because of sports, playing an instrument or relatives going to the college (Campbell 3). Why not also do it to make the university diverse and involve race? But it is different you can’t compare racial discrimination to ability. Racial discrimination is racism even if the act can be …show more content…
In the college process a student is accepted based off of GPA, class rank, SATs, ACTs. But then a university wants to become more diverse As soon as the student marks as a minority on the application they gain the upper hand in getting accepted. Colleges get benefits from becoming more diverse. This controversy is a back and forth situation that people try to wrap their mind around it. Some people think this is because of the No Child Left Behind Act. Stating that a college must accept a certain amount of minorities. But by doing this it is running equality. A university should be accepting students based off academics not skin color. Joshua Thompson, from the Pacific League Foundation, also agrees “Racial diversity in a student body does not guarantee a diversity of experience and perspectives. It is unrealistic and wrong to try to pigeonhole people by their race.” This is very true and even if it didn’t guarantee a diversity it shouldn’t be done anyway it is not fair. It is a number one thing for universities to do because of the Department of Education rule of more ethnically mixed campuses. Therefore colleges are just following the rules and trying to stay functioning, but sometimes the rules are not always

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