It seems as if the active debate over affirmative action has surfaced again. Allot of the controversy about Affirmative action is now focused on education. Opponents of Affirmative action believe that a policy to deal with discrimination against minority groups is unnecessary and, serves too create unfair privileges. This paper will investigate the question of affirmative action in schooling for minorities. Mainly addressing the issue of affirmative action in college admissions. .
What is the evidence that supports arguments for, or arguments against affirmative action policies in college admissions? Affirmative action is defined in Webster's dictionary as "a policy or program for correcting the effects of discrimination in the employment of education of members of certain groups." There are many different types of advantage policies that no one seems to question. For example, there are many students who get privileges at universities because their parents or relatives are alumni. No one pickets or rallies against this practice. Minority groups are trying to keep affirmative action in order to make up for the lack of demographic and economic stability within the university and college population. A major problem facing higher education in American today is trying to increase the number of Blacks successfully graduating from institutions of higher education at all levels 2-year and 4-year colleges, graduate schools, and professional schools. Many educators, political leaders, civil rights" groups, and other concerned organizations have expressed alarm in recent years trying to increase the percentage of Black high school graduates who go on to 4-yeart colleges and beyond. Yet, the enrollment of the traditionally underrepresented minorities has been increasing. Even more devastating is the fact that the graduation rate of Blacks from 4-year colleges, graduate schools, and professional schools has not leaped in numbers as well.