Affirmative Action By Another Name

by Stephen Beale on December 8, 2009

Early applications at Brown have risen 21 percent, The Brown Daily Herald reported last week. What could account for this upswing? According to the report, the Program in Liberal Medical Education garnered 35 percent more applicants while Bachelor of Science degrees gained 27 percent more. But these increases were dwarfed by those among minority groups: 75 percent more applications came from Hispanics and 60 percent more from blacks. As the story explains, this trend is due to a more concerted effort to recruit a “diverse application pool.” Such efforts were yet another recommendation of the Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice. Of course, because Brown financial aid is need-blind and need-based, the school cannot give out special scholarships to students on the basis of their race. But as the report (see pages 85 to 86) notes, the University can step up its recruitment of minorities and tweak their financial aid packages to make it easier for them to come to Brown. While these policies technically may not warrant the label of affirmative action, they certainly embody its spirit.

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