Post Tagged with: "affirmative action"

VIEWPOINT: Upholding Affirmative Action

Race remains a factor for mobility in the present-day United States. Willful ignorance of that reality harms members of the Asian-American community, in addition to other communities of color. The current anti-affirmative action debate paints the dynamic and diverse Asian-American community as a monolithic entity, thereby using a narrow image[Read More…]

by September 7, 2018 2 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A More Comprehensive Understanding of Merit

An editorial in The Hoya from Oct. 20 urges Georgetown to cease “the practice of race-based affirmative action” and “evaluate applicants on their merit alone.” The editorial board claims that Georgetown admissions “discriminates against particular demographics” and “specifically against fully qualified Asian students,” while also perpetuating “racist attitudes towards Asians.”[Read More…]

by October 24, 2017 11 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top

EDITORIAL: Refocus Admissions on Merit

As admissions season gets underway, nearly 20,000 hopeful students will vie for a spot in the Georgetown University Class of 2022. Last year, a mere 15.4 percent of the 21,465 applicants were accepted. In this admissions cycle, Georgetown should evaluate applicants on their merit alone by ceasing the practice of[Read More…]

by October 20, 2017 61 comments Editorial
Legacy Status Tips Admission Scales

Legacy Status Tips Admission Scales

Amid recent challenges to affirmative action in Texas, California and Michigan, the common practice of legacy preference, which advantages the children of alumni during the university admissions process, has also been called into question, prompting debate over its benefits and potential concerns. Georgetown’s admissions office does consider legacy preference: In[Read More…]

by March 20, 2015 5 comments City News, News, News - Top

College Admissions Look to Socioeconomic Factors

On April 22, the Supreme Court ruled to uphold Michigan’s 2006 decision — which was supported by 58 percent of voters — to ban consideration of race or sex in public education and employment, a victory for states’ rights. In a 6-2 vote, the justices ruled in Schuette v. Coalition[Read More…]

by May 16, 2014 0 comments City News, News

Howard’s Historic Roots

Howard University sits on a Hilltop of its own, some 35 blocks north and east of Georgetown. Long emblematic of academic achievement in the black community, Howard has seen recent difficulties attracting a pool of strong undergraduate applicants and funding students’ educations without excessive debt. These trends illustrate that the[Read More…]

by February 14, 2014 0 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top

Affirmative Action Can Effect Better Change

Affirmative action admissions decisions have come under scrutiny from the public and the press, resulting in a number of higher-level judicial decisions. Some institutions, such as those in the University of California system, have done away with affirmative action altogether, rekindling an age-old debate. Simply put, affirmative action policies seek[Read More…]

by January 17, 2014 0 comments Opinion
DAVIS: A Level College Playing Field

DAVIS: A Level College Playing Field

Discussing grades with classmates can certainly be an uncomfortable encounter. As awful and over-analytical as this may sound, students typically only ask when they expect to hear lackluster results. Recently, a woman of color spoke to me about an unfamiliar peer who casually interrogated her about the grade she received[Read More…]

by October 19, 2012 0 comments Commentary, Opinion
Supreme Court Hears Affirmative Action Case

Supreme Court Hears Affirmative Action Case

Affirmative action admission policies came under fire as the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin Wednesday. The case originated in 2009 when Abigail Fisher, a white applicant, was denied admission to the University of Texas at[Read More…]

by October 12, 2012 0 comments City News, News

Race: One Dimension of Diversity

There is no denying that diversity of students is a must for higher education, but affirmative action is not the best way to go about ensuring this. The case of Fischer vs. The University of Texas may end up eliminating the use of race in the admissions process to ensure[Read More…]

by March 1, 2012 0 comments Opinion