Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Keep It Current: Race Question on a College App
Ethnic Self-Identification Is Optional for College Admission
Students are often puzzled about how to respond to questions on college applications about race or ethnicity. The questions are required by a federal regulation, and a new version of that regulation just came into effect for the 2009-2010 application season. The regulation
U.S. Department of Education; Office of the Secretary; Final Guidance on Maintaining, Collecting, and Reporting Racial and Ethnic Data to the U.S. Department of Education [OS]
makes clear that self-identifying ethnicity is OPTIONAL for students in higher education. Below are examples of current application forms.
Do you think this is a violation of your civil liberties? Explain why or why not given the demographic data in Chapter 21.