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The Negative Consequences of Affirmative Action
For the past thirty years, affirmative action has been an integral part of the admissions policy at the University of California. However, successful challenges in the U. S. Court system have recently scrutinized the morality and legality of affirmative action practices. As a result, many institutions of higher learning are revising their present policies. One such change was recently initiated at the University of California when the Board of Regents voted to abolish the use of affirmative action in their admissions policy.
Burdman (1997) presented a historical overview of Ward Connerly’s position on affirmative action and his campaign to have the University of California admissions be based on a color-blind application. Also reviewed were the results of the decision to abolish affirmative action. “The Long GoodBye” covered five main points: SP-1 and Connerly’s accompanying ideas; maintaining diversity; administration’s new ideas; SP-1 guidelines; and the resulting consquences.
Burdman defined SP-1 and presented an outline…
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