Congressional Digest

Supreme Court Debates November 2012 No. 8 Vol. 15
Diversity in College Admissions

Diversity in College Admissions

Equal Rights and Race in Higher Education

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It is an explicit goal of many American universities and colleges to do more than provide an academic education for their students. They see themselves as civic institutions, whose purpose is to create well-rounded citizens who are exposed to a variety of ideas and experiences, not only from their professors but also from their fellow students.

To achieve this objective, many universities have sought to maintain a diverse student body, comprised of individuals from a variety of backgrounds. How they achieve this, however, has been the subject of ongoing dispute — and an argument that has repeatedly involved …

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