New Diversity Criteria for Admission...what to make of that? - page 9

OK all, I just got a letter from my school last night that states they are instituting a new criteria of "diversity" for admission to all programs. I am applying for ADN in August for the January... Read More

  1. by   SraKristina
    i didnt read all of the replies so im my 2 cents is being repeated my apologies.

    I have long been very against Affirmative Action, have studied the program pretty thoroughly but since transferring to my VERY diverse community college my ideas are changing.. somethings are changing my beliefs and others are reinforcing them.
    i went to an ALL WHITE high school. We had one Black student, 3 Mexicans and a Korean girl, who was adopted and raised by a White family. Yes, so not divers that i can count the Minorities on ONE HAND... so anti affirmative action was prevalent as was anti diversity and there is a huge difference. I am still very against affirmative action and any program that rewards/penalizes you for something you were born with/without. But having moved from my hometown and lived in neighborhoods that were majority MidEastern, Hispanic and Black and going to school with people from ALL WALKS of life (age, gender, sexual orientation, marital/parental status, socioeconomic, etc... not just race) i now see how beneficial exposure to other lifestyles is.

    so anyways.... I commend the "diversity" programs that some universities have implemented recently. These include programs that require students to take a class where they will, basically learn something about other ppl not just themselves. i.e. Men taking Women's Studies, Women in Lit, Christians taking classes in Islamic religions, Blacks taking Spanish.. and so on... I personally think these requirements should be universal.. they should not have any effect on GPA, admission, anything like that you should just have to take, say, 1 3 credit class... or something like that. I'd even go out on a limb and say that most students, although they would groan about having to take them, would find them interesting.
  2. by   SraKristina
    ok,... now i've read all the replies so im saying more... forgive me if this thread was sposed to be dead

    another complaint with racially based AA. It assumes all minorities are poor by stating in various terms that they come from predominately low socioeconomic classes, while this is true in most instances, in those few instances where it is NOT true it could (potentially) make or break a students chances at being admitted (or able to afford) higher education.

    Take for instance the minority of white students in predominately black/hispanic/middle eastern/ etc neighborhoods. These students have recieved the same education (or lack thereof) that their fellow students have, yet gov't and admission boards assumes they have had the same opportunites as students (of all colors) in more affluent areas. Or the minority students who have gone to predominatley white schools but are assumed to live in "poorer" districts or come from "more hardships" simply because of the color of their skin - an insult to parents who in their generation had a much harder time working to overcome the past.

    and all in all the more we reinforce the differences the less we will ever accomplish. I can understand why, for example, a woman from Yemen would want an Arabic doctor to deliver her baby, but wouldnt it be nice to live in a society where ALL doctors and ALL patients felt that the fact that we are ALL human brought us closer together than the fact that we may be of different races/upbringings pulls us apart.
  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    all the more we reinforce the differences the less we will ever accomplish.
    100% agree.
  4. by   Plagueis
    Quote from Ayvah
    While this percentage may seem low, when you consider that blacks make up only 12-13% of this country, that percentage on the student board doesn't seem too bad.

    source: http://censtats.census.gov/data/US/01000.pdf
    I know that blacks are a minority in general, but some supporters of AA claim that since blacks are 12-13 percent of the population, they should be 12-13 percent of college students. Since most elite colleges have less than 13 percent of their students as African Americans, in this sense, blacks are still underrepresented, even those some believe AA gives them a tremedous advantage.

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