The Application Of Affirmative Action

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I. The Application First and foremost, I agree with the idea of affirmative action. I believe that it brings benefits and that any flaws it may have are minuscule compared to the advantages it brings to society, students’ lives, and schools in general. It is also blatantly obvious that affirmative action does NOT violate the 14th Amendment nor does it violate the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It is paramount to address the admission committees in this issue. The way schools read applications is that they first look at the scores then they look at all the soft variables such as the essay, recommendation letters, and the extracurriculars. As long as an applicant meets the “range”, scores are no longer a factor for decisions. In other words,…show more content…
Although GPA is basically an uneven playing field, there are certain ways to circumvent that. Adcoms (admission committees) recalculate GPA using their own methods. Even so, the fact that the GPA was determined in two distinctly different environments is and will always be an issue. Since institutions of higher education realize the differences in essentially everything and try to equate that as much as possible, its logical they do the same with URMs. It is not a racist assumption that URMs face lives differently, if not more difficult that anyone of a majority ethnicity does. This must be taken into account. There are a few URMs who are of the upper class but this is the minority of minorities. A recent study in 2013 by the Wall Street Journal showed that the median household income by race was as follows(I read a graph so they are rounded a bit). Asian American-$68,000 White-$57,000 Hispanic(Non-White)-$39,000 Black-$33,000 Clearly, on average, URMS such as Hispanics and Blacks are at an economic disadvantage. The correlation between grades and income is also very obvious. 34% the income bracket between $10,000 and $19,999 have GPAs under 2.50 whereas only 23% with $100,000 or more had a 2.50 GPA. We can attempt to use socio-economic situation instead of race, but that leads to less diversity, which is another amendment that affirmative action makes.
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