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Study Claims Discrimination in State University Admissions

Posted June 25, 1998

— Two conservative groups will release a new study on Monday that claims six North Carolina universities use racial preferences in their admissions process.

The Washington based Center for Equal Opportunity and the John Locke Foundation in Raleigh will present a study that says some schools discriminate in favor of African American applicants.

The groups released the initial numbers this week and listed NC State and UNC Chapel Hill among the North Carolina schools.

The study's numbers show that the median verbal SAT scores for whites at UNC Chapel Hill, were 90 points higher than for African Americans. In median math SAT's at NC State, whites scored 110 points higher than African Americans.

"We are marginally accepting some black students into the more competitive institutions who are not well prepared to succeed at those institutions, and they end up falling behind and dropping out," John Locke Foundation President John Hood said.

The study also shows that whites have a 20% higher graduation rate than African Americans at both NC State and UNC-Chapel Hill.

The president of the UNC system, Molly Broad, says an analysis of statistics like SAT's and GPA's cannot provide a full or valid picture of admissions decisions. An NC State spokesman echoed those sentiments.

"It certainly is insulting to all of our outstanding African Americans that graduate who know that they worked hard to be admitted to NC State and gone on to be successful," NC State Associate Vice Chancellor Joseph Sanders said.

NC State says other criteria used in its admissions decisions include high school courses, extracurricular activities and recommendations. Other state universities listed in the study include UNC Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro, and Wilmington.


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