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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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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course SOC 101 taught by Professor Mitchellduneier,devahpager during the Fall '07 term at Princeton.
- Fall '07