News & CommentAffirmative Action

Ban Has Mixed Impact on Texas, California Grad Schools

Science  01 Aug 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5326, pp. 633
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5326.633

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The bans on affirmative action that have caused precipitous drops in minority enrollments in California and Texas law schools have had mixed effects at the two states' medical schools and graduate science departments. Admissions of students from underrepresented minorities haven't fallen as drastically in these fields as they did at the law schools, and they even rose in some of the University of California's programs. But some large and competitive programs in both states did show significant drops. The reasons for these differences vary, including, for example, the better ability of small departments to evaluate their applicants, the effects of federal grant policies, and even the schools' locations.