Administrators’ Perceptions of Affirmative Action in Higher Education

  • Ann Tickamyer
  • Susan Scollay
  • Janet Bokemeier
  • Teresa Wood
Part of the Recent Research in Psychology book series (PSYCHOLOGY)


The use of affirmative action programs to implement equal opportunity policies and end employment discrimination has created controversy from its inception. Debate over the necessity, advisability, impact, and effectiveness of such programs is a longstanding theme in both the popular and scholarly literature. As mandated by law, institutions of higher education have been among the earliest organizations to adopt formal affirmative action programs and to incorporate such policies as explicit goals of the organization. Additionally, higher education is often viewed both by members of the educational establishment and the public at large as the central societal institution implementing meritocratic norms and values of equal opportunity. Paradoxically, there is a clear history of failure to meet these standards. For all these reasons the university provides an ideal setting to study issues raised in the ongoing debate over affirmative action.


High Education Affirmative Action Woman Faculty Action Officer Affirmative Action Program 
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  • Ann Tickamyer
  • Susan Scollay
  • Janet Bokemeier
  • Teresa Wood

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