The Public Interest

Affirmative-action admissions: how it "works" at UC Berkeley

John H. Bunzel

Fall 1988

ANY THOUGHTFUL DISCUSSION about college-admissions procedures and decisions is likely to turn into a discussion about competing values and their relationship to the hard choices an admissions office faces. And nowhere is there more heated debate than in the controversy over the standards to apply to so-called majority- and minority-group members in an institution’s effort to achieve both ethnic diversity and academic excellence.

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