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Document Number: 4449

Socioeconomic Status, Race/Ethnicity, and Selective College Admissions - This paper focuses on admissions into the nation's most selective undergraduate institutions. It studies the effect of replacing traditional affirmative action programs with a variety of other policies, including: percentage plans, percentage plans with a standardized test requirement and a system of preferences targeted at low-income students. The paper concludes that the use of percentage plans alone will greatly increase the dropout rates of admitted students. (Anthony P. Carnevale and Stephen J. Rose, The Century Foundation, March 2003)...

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