“When the U.S. Supreme Court last month affirmed the right of colleges to consider race and ethnicity in admissions, college leaders rushed to praise the decision and expressed confidence in the future of affirmative action,” writes Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed.
Yet the public opposes considering race and ethnicity in college admissions, according to a new Gallup poll with questions drafted by Inside Higher Ed. By a two-to-one margin, those surveyed said they disagreed with the decision.
Blacks (44 percent) and Hispanics (29 percent) were more likely than whites (22 percent) to favor taking race and ethnicity into account. But a majority of blacks and Hispanics opposed the policy.
Most respondents said high school grades (73 percent) and standardized test scores (55 percent) should be a major factor in college admissions; 50 percent listed courses taken in high school. Thirty-one percent said family economic circumstances and first-generation status should be a major factor. Only 9 percent wanted race and ethnicity to be a major factor in admissions.