Academic Merit versus Fair Representation

A Case Study of the Undergraduate Admissions Policy at the University of California at Berkeley
  • Angela Browne-Miller
Part of the Environment, Development, and Public Policy book series (EDPP)


For a university to set as its goals the maintaining of “highest academic standards” and the continuing of a “tradition of service to the public” is highly laudable. It is also quite ambitious in an era in which these goals emerge in apparent opposition. For example, in California, as in some other parts of the country, the cultural diversity of the general public is increasing more rapidly than is the cultural diversity of the pool of what are, by traditional standards, high academic achievers (Figure 5.1). Confronted with different rates in the progress of these trends, authors of higher education admissions policy enter a territory where trade-offs, compro- mises, and redefined priorities are increasingly deemed essential.


Grade Point Average Master Plan Mental Ability Admission Policy Admission Process 
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  • Angela Browne-Miller
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  1. 1.University of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

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