Frank L. Matthews , the publisher and editor in chief of Black Issues In Higher Education , a national newsmagazine based in Fairfax , Va. , says that percent- based admissions plans fail to address the real problem : persistent segregation in secondary education , where large proportions of minority students attend schools that lack resources and opportunities equal to those in most majority- white schools
Black kids are still going to schools that are predominately black , Matthews
says.As long as we perpetuate segregated housing patterns and segregated high schools , you will have an outcome where the black kid or the Hispanic kid who graduates in the top 10 percent of the class is unfortunately coming from a school that is inferior.That is the part of this no one wants to admit..
The underlying question that has to be addressed , Matthews
argues , is whether you can solve a racial problem without a racial solution..
Plans Have Broad Appeal
In California , the regents of the 170 , 000-student University of California system
voted in 1995 to phase out affirmative action in admissions , and a year later voters passed Proposition 209 , a ballot measure that barred the use of race as a factor for hiring or admissions at any state institution.
In an effort to provide more pathways of college access to a diverse range of students , the UC regents last year guaranteed a spot at one of the university system's 10 campuses to students who graduated in the top 4 percent of their high school classes.Students must apply individually to a specific campus.
...Frank L. Matthews ,Publisher and Editorin Chief ,Black Issues in Higher Education