How do state affirmative action decisions influence higher ed enrollment?

How do state affirmative action decisions influence higher ed enrollment?

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, a new study published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis shows the long term enrollment impacts of 19 public universities in states that banned affirmative action.

The results? The underrepresentation gap between their share of underrepresented students compared to the percentage of unrepresented high school graduates in their state raised on average from 15.7% to 17.9%. At some universities, like UC Berkeley, the gap grew far wider, from 14.9% prior to the ban to 34.4% in 2015.

The takeaway? We can claim we want equity. We can claim we want diversity. Our institutional policies affect the reality of what we actually end up doing. Our state policies, too. So how therefore might we influence them?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.