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Experts Discuss Equity Practices in Higher Ed Recruitment and Admissions

Published Jul 26, 2023

By Arrman Kyaw, Diverse

Even with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike affirmative action, there are still ways to get diverse student populations into higher ed, experts and scholars said at a webinar hosted this week by California student success organization The Campaign for College Opportunity.

Intentionality from institutions in terms of which high schools and communities they choose to invest recruitment efforts in was a key component that was highlighted. Research indicated that many schools prioritized predominantly white and affluent high schools and communities when recruiting, said Mamie Voight, president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), which authored the first of the three briefs.

This lack of priority on communities with high concentrations of students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, first-generation college goers, rural students, community college transfer students, or adults looking to return to higher ed can be changed, Voight said.

“Aside from what was decided by the Supreme Court, many of these changes within recruitment can be made now,” Voight said.

Additionally, admissions practices such as demonstrated interest, early decision and action, and legacy preferences privileged those with more access to resources, support, and information, in turn perpetuating racial and socioeconomic inequalities, Voight said.

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