Study Declares That Black Enrollments at Selective Colleges Would Plummet by 35 Percent If Affirmative Action Admissions Programs Were Eliminated

Scholars at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Florida have conducted an analysis showing the probable impact a ban on affirmative action would have on admissions at the nation’s most selective undergraduate colleges and universities. The study, published in the Journal of Public Economic Theory, estimated that black enrollments at these schools would plummet by at least 35 percent if race-sensitive admissions were curtailed.

The study was based on a detailed analysis of student scores on the SAT and ACT college entrance examinations and the admissions histories of selective colleges and universities.