Harvard Educational Review
  1. Fall 1979 Issue »

    Minority-Admissions Programs after Bakke

    John Sexton
    John Sexton describes the special-admissions program challenged in the Bakke litigation and outlines the reaction to it by the Supreme Court. He then argues that while Bakke is an instance of judicial intrusion into educational policy, it is simultaneously an invitation to greater autonomy for educators. On this premise, he examines the desirability of an affirmative-action component in an enlightened admissions program, considering the appropriate role of such objective indicators as standardized test scores and college grades, and describing the factors that would affect the legality of admissions programs. Finally, he offers two models of special-admissions programs that would meet the requirements of the Bakke decision.

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