SOC 101- Lecture 20

SOC 101- Lecture 20 - Standard indicators of academic...

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Lecture 20 Higher Education Outline of Lecture How are admission decisions made? Is there a trade-off btw merit and diversity? What are the consequences of diversity preferences in college admissions? Mitchell Stevens’ Creating a Class Coarse Sorts vs Fine Distinctions Coarse sorts: require relatively small amounts of information; relatively mechanical selection procedure Fine distinctions: require lots of information; harder to standardize Evaluate Storytelling The process of translating attributes into identities A collaborative endeavor: many sources of “raw narrative material” to be interpreted and assembled Unequal distribution of story-telling resources Creating a Class Bottom-line concerns o Academic quality of entering class overall o Financial aid budget Diversity o Academic interests o Geographic (international and regional) o Racial/ethnic o Gender? Special considerations o Legacies o Athletes o Racial/ethnic minorities Alon and Tienda
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Unformatted text preview: Standard indicators of academic merit: SAT scores and grades/class rank Ability to predict academic success? test-based vs. performance-based indicators More selective schools place more weight on SAT scores than class rank; this difference has increased over time Because black and Hispanic students have lower average SAT scores, selective schools must boost the admissions rates for these students in order to achieve desired diversity The process pits ideals of merit against diversity Shifting Meritocracy Defintions of merit shift over time Using class rank rather than test scores to evaluate students increases the pool of qualified minority students Texas Ten Percent Plan Guarantees admission to UT-Austin for all Texas high school graduates in the top 10% of their class Consequences for diversity? Consequences for college completion?...
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