Test-optional policies and affirmative action

Colleges are using test-optional admission as an end run around illegal affirmative action (“How colleges use SAT-optional applications to covertly impose affirmative action, New York Post, Jul. 22). It will no doubt increase the number of Black and Hispanic students on campus, but it is blatantly unfair.

Nevertheless, it will continue to be used because colleges are obsessed with racial diversity.  The Supreme Court made it clear in the Bakke case that quotas are illegal.  I see little difference between racial consideration and outright quotas because there will always be a certain percentage in the mind of admission officers.

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