Oklahoma Colleges, Universities Prepare For Changes Following Affirmative Action Ban

Friday, November 9, 2012

Following the passage of a ballot measure banning the use of affirmative action in Oklahoma, the state's colleges and universities are assessing their programs to see where changes need to be made.

Oklahoma State Question 759 amends the state constitution to ban preferential treatment in state agencies, including public colleges and universities, based on race, gender, ethnicity or national origin.

The measure approved Tuesday is expected to have limited impact on college admissions in the state. Oklahoma's public colleges and universities don't use race as a factor in admissions but encourage campus diversity through other means, including marketing and recruiting practices.

The new law will reach beyond admissions practices, potentially affecting areas such as campus programs and employment.

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