Diversity in Admissions
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How: Principles and How to Begin
UW Principle Statements
The following principles and guidelines were endorsed by the Advisory Group and guided its efforts and recommendations:
- In preparing students for an increasingly diverse state, country,
and world, in meeting future state workforce needs, and in serving the
educational needs of an increasingly diverse state population, the UW System
should admit students who will contribute to a diverse educational experience.
- Educational benefits flow from a diverse student body and campus
- Diversity should be defined broadly to include personal characteristics
and talents as well as social, and cultural differences including, but
not limited to, race and ethnicity.
- U.S. Supreme Court cases endorse the use of race as a factor that
can be used to achieve diversity goals and benefits of a diverse student
- Case law suggests that if race is used as a factor in admissions,
the admissions process should include an individualized non-mechanical review
of eligible applicants.
- Information focused on diversity should be collected on the UW System
undergraduate application and used to inform the admissions decision.