NAICU Washington Update

Civil Rights Commission to Look at Gender in Admissions

December 18, 2009

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has initiated a "Project on Sex Discrimination in Higher Education Admissions." The project will focus on whether selective coeducational institutions give special preference to male applicants. As an initial step, the commission identified 19 public and private institutions within 100 miles of Washington, DC, and has issued subpoenas for their admission records. The commission indicates that they were chosen to provide information about a cross section of institutions, and not because of any complaints or suspicion about their specific admissions practices.  For more on this developing story, see the links to media coverage on the NAICU Web site.

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