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The Obama administration has ordered the nation’s colleges and universities to stop asking applicants about criminal and school disciplinary history because it discriminates against minorities. Institutions are also being asked to offer those with criminal records special support services such as counseling, mentoring and legal aid once enrolled. The government’s official term for these perspective students is “justice-involved individuals” and the new directive aims to remove barriers to higher education for the overwhelmingly minority population that’s had encounters with the law or disciplinary issues through high school.
Instructions are outlined in a cumbersome document (Beyond the Box) issued by the U.S Department of Education (ED) this month. It says that “data show plainly that people of color are more likely to come in contact with the justice system due, in part, to punitive school disciplinary policies that disproportionately impact certain student groups and racial profiling.” Because education can be a powerful pathway to transition out of prison and into the workforce, it’s critical to ensure that admissions practices don’t disproportionately disadvantage justice involved individuals, the directive states. Colleges and universities should also refrain from inquiring about a student’s school disciplinary history—including past academic dishonesty—because that too discriminates against minorities. Civil rights data compiled by ED show “black students are suspended and expelled at a rate three times greater than white students and often for the same types of infractions.”
The reason is because somebody thinks it is discriminatory against minorities.
Who should read this guide?
College and university presidents, admissions personnel, enrollment management staff, academic deans, student services personnel, professors, and counselors
Organizations that work with justice-involved individuals
I agree that there is much fluff in the document.
There is SO much fluff in there I couldn't decide what to quote so I'll opt to go with the target audience and start from there...
They do. And they should have the sense to not base the decision on a simple yes/no criterion. Once you get through the fluff that's what the document actually says. Such a decision is unfair in general and statistically unfair to blacks (that, as you say, is another topic).
If so, do prospective schools have a right to know who they are letting in so that can be conveyed to people that are about to make one of the most important (and expensive) investments of their entire life?
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: eluryh22
I'm not sure what you mean. On the surface that's a pretty liberal outlook, it would seem.
How do you think the government should provide opportunities?
Sadly, it's not a big leap from government "guidelines" to government mandates.... As seen recently with the whole trans-bathroom distraction where schools are threatened with funding (or lack thereof).
A reasonable position. I guess. Depends on how you view reality though, doesn't it?
I consider myself a realist.
Way too many variables for a good old fashioned race war. It ain't just black and white anymore. Some people seem to lust for a race war.
originally posted by: seeker1963
a reply to: xuenchen
It already started with our grade schools and high schools. The Justice Department has threatened schools who discipline too many minorities by withholding funds.
Barry the Traitor is pushing for an all out race war. His punk ass needs led out of the white house in chains!