Acpa position on affirmative action
First established under President Kennedy in 1961 and dramatically influencing access to higher education for decades since, Affirmative Action, and similar race-conscious practices, impacts admissions by promoting equal access and offsetting systematic discrimination for traditionally minoritized communities. While many universities have a long way to go before their admissions decisions can be considered equitable, Affirmative Action guidelines have provided an important incentive for universities and colleges in the United States in recruiting, retaining, and investing in students from underrepresented backgrounds.
In the face of opposition, we must persist toward an equitable, accessible, and just future for students . Any state or federal legislation that seeks to disincentivize Affirmative Action measures for institutions of higher education will only serve to perpetuate the urgent and pervasive equity crises on college and university campuses throughout the United States. Diversity is a crucial factor in campus climate, and the inclusion of students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds must be a priority to higher education officials.
With our colleague associations across higher education, ACPA will continue to monitor and call out these issues affecting our members in living up to our role and opportunity to provide resources, education, and advocacy. We applaud those institutions that have already and will continue to be committed to maintaining Affirmative Action policies and principles in their admissions practices.
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