Removing The Roadblocks To College Report
A decade ago proponents seeking to put an end to affirmative action argued that a vote for Proposition 209 was a vote for fairness. They claimed their initiative was a way to correct social inequalities and foster equal opportunity. However, the Removing the Roadblocks report provides research that explains how and why ending affirmative action has produced neither the “results” nor the opportunities that were promised.
The executive summary shows the representation of Latino, African American, and American Indian students in the University of California (UC), and particularly at the UC’s most selective campuses, has decreased, even as these groups make up a larger share of California high school graduates. California’s Latino, African American, and American Indian students have not received the “the tools to compete.”
This report reviews the record of low college participation and college eligibility among African American, Latino, and American Indian students, and it examines the K-12 school conditions that contribute to these inequalities. It concludes with a comprehensive set of policy recommendations for removing roadblocks that unfairly impede the educational progress of Latino, African American, and American Indian students. These are not “pie in the sky” proposals. Rather they are strategies that have been tried in other states, as well as in California districts and schools.