How UW colleges consider ethnicity in applications
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​By Stephanie Buffamonte

A new report from the New York Times says the Trump administration plans to investigate and possibly sue colleges if affirmative action was used to discriminate against white applicants. The Department of Justice insists there is not police change, but the conversation is sparking a debate about affirmative action.

Affirmative Action is a policy dating back to the 1960s helping minorities and women get employment and college admission. Eight states have law that ban schools from including race in the public college admissions process, but Wisconsin is not one of them.

In a study done by The College Board, the four-year public university’s that do take race into some consideration are UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Stout and UW-Superior. UW-Whitewater put race into the “important” category for consideration.

Meanwhile, UW-Oshkosh said that the school continues to not take race into consideration during the college admissions process.

UW- Stevens Point Interim Associated Director of Admission Marc Young said asking about race is valued on the application because he says diversity adds more to the university as a whole for all students, but it's not what they look for.


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