Supreme Court affirmative action: Why we still need it today

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

From a privileged perspective, it is often difficult to understand what justifies affirmative action. How can colleges deny deserving students admission, yet admit those who underperform in comparison?

Unfortunately, the very conception of "performance" is often framed by privilege. Standardized-test scores, grade-point-averages, and extracurricular activities are typically what determine admittance. But how do colleges evaluate candidates beyond that?

It is argued that the essay is the opportunity to voice yourself, justify why you performed poorly in school, didn’t receive a stellar ACT score, and talk about the experiences that shaped you. But how much does an essay really influence acceptance? Several schools have minimum threshold GPAs and standardized-test scores that determine whether or not an application is even read.

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