The main theme of the article is whether the new admission system at the University of California is fair to all applicants. Furthermore, is the new system, creating an unfair advantage to applicants with higher SAT scores and ordinary upbringings.
The first key point in the article explains how the new system for accepting applicants has changed at UCLA. The standards now not only look at academics, but also look at private life, family dynamics, and psychological difficulties. With the new system in place many students from lower-income families are being accepted into UCLA. For instance, for applicant with SAT scores well below the average are getting accepted into UCLA because of the less fortunate upbringings.
The next point in the article explains that with the new system in place, minority groups have increased. UCLA acceptance for Hispanics improved 9% and an increase of 19% of African American Students. However, Asian-America acceptance rate decreased and non-Hispanic whites declined by 7%.
Is UCLA, creating a new form of discrimination in the acceptance process? This is another important topic the article that is under debate. Some applicants with high SAT scores and ordinary lifestyles have received rejection letters from universities. While; students with lower scores and credentials are being expected.
Another important point in the article is how coaches and teachers are training students to amplify their disabilities on their applications. For instance, if an applicant came from a big family, on the application the candidate would exaggerate on where they would have to do their homework. One student stated they did their homework in the bathroom to get some peace and quiet. Universities should check if these hardships on students are actually accurate because if they are not, the system is creating an unfair advantage to affluent applicants.
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