Enhanced video clip "How do SAT scores influence admissions?"
This clip offers a glimpse into UC Berkeley admissions after Proposition 209, which mandates that the school can no longer consider race in admissions.
Although no one argues that schools should limit themselves to standardized test scores in deciding whom to admit, there is much controversy over the use of race as an additional factor. While many schools claim that they look at race as one of many factors (along with geographical distribution, alumni legacy status, family income, and musical, artistic, or athletic ability), opponents of this practice contend that race has become the basis for a largely separate set of admissions standards and procedures. This, they contend, violates the Constitution's requirement that all citizens be granted equal protection of the laws. Currently, several lawsuits are underway in federal courts, and the Supreme Court may rule on the matter in the next few years.
Ask students/parents for their opinions about the progressive new model for admissions demonstrated in the clip and used by UC Berkeley and University of Virginia.
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