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From the ECS State Policy Database
Postsecondary Participation--Affirmative Action


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This database is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States (ECS). Most entries are legislative, although rules/regulations and executive orders that make substantive changes are included. Every effort is made to collect the latest available version of policies; in some instances, recent changes might not be reflected. For expediency purposes minimal attention has been paid to style (capitalization, punctuation) and format.

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State Status/Date Level Summary
TXSigned into law 06/2013Postsec.Extension of UT Austin Exemption from Top 10% Rule
H.B. 1843
Extends the University of Texas at Austin's exception to the "Top 10%" rule from the 2015-2016 academic year to the 2017-2018 academic year. http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/83R/billtext/pdf/HB01843F.pdf#navpanes=0...

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CAVetoed 10/2011Postsec.Consideration of Race, Gender, Ethnicity and National Origin in Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions
S.B. 185
From bill summary: Authorizes the University of California and the California State University to consider race, gender, ethnicity and national origin, along with other relevant factors, in undergraduate and graduate admissions, to the maximum extent permitted...

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NHBecame law without governor's signature 06/2011Postsec.Preferential and Disciminatory HR Practices
H.B. 623
Prohibits preferences in recruiting, hiring, promotion, or admission by state agencies, the university system, the community college system, and the postsecondary education commission. Prohibits preferential treatment or discrimination based on race, sex, nati...

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ARSigned into law 03/2011Postsec.
Community College
Higher Education Annual Report
H.B. 1454
Clarifies what information specific to higher education-related reports should contain, including information on affirmitive action programs. Additionally, reports must state: (A) The amount of institutional revenue spent on remediation; (B) The total general ...

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CAVetoed 09/2010Postsec.Consideration of Certain Factors in Student Admissions
A.B. 2047
From bill analysis: Authorizes the University of California (UC) and the California State University (CSU) to consider geographic origin and household income, along with other relevant factors, in undergraduate and graduate admissions. Also authorizes the Univ...

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NESigned into law 05/2009P-12
Postsec.
Amends Criteria for Receiving Scholarship
L.B. 440
Changes diversity criteria (deletes terms racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds but leaves term "diverse") under the Student Diversity Scholarship Program Act.
http://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/Current/PDF/Final/LB440.pdf...

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NEApproved by voters 09/2008P-12
Postsec.
Ballot Initiative: Prohibits Discrimination
V. 3; (Initiative Measure No. 424)
(INITIATIVE MEASURE NO. 424) Proposes an amendment to the State Constitution; prohibits the State from discriminating against, or granting preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in pub...

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COApproved by voters 07/2008P-12
Postsec.
Community College
Affirmative Action in Education
Amendment 46
Proposes and amendment to the Constitution to prohibit the state from discriminating against or granting preferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, pu...

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MIApproved by voters 07/2006P-12
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Community College
Bans Affirmative Action By State
V. 3 (Prop. 2)
Amends the state Constitution through a ballot proposal to prohibit the University of Michigan and other state universities, the state, and all other state entities from discriminating against or granting preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethni...

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TXSigned into law 05/2005Postsec.Minority Enrollment
S.B. 302
From bill analysis: Enables the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to better monitor universities' minority outreach efforts by requiring universities and colleges to provide information on their efforts/strategies to increase minority enrollment. http...

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CAVetoed 09/2004Postsec.Public Postsecondary Education: Admissions Policy
A.B. 2387
Authorizes the University of California and the California State University to consider culture, race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, geographic origin, and household income, in undergraduate and graduate admissions, so long as no preference is given, if ...

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CADid not pass 10/2002Postsec.Classification By Race, Ethnicity, Color or National Origin
Proposition 54
October 2003 Special Election. Initiative Constitutional Amendment: Classification by race, ethnicity, color or national origin. Prohibits state and local governments from classifying any person by race, ethnicity, color, or national origin. Various exemptions...

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