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The Use of Criminal History Records in College Admissions Reconsidered

  • Organization: Center for Community Alternatives
  • Document Type: Report
  • Date Created: Monday, November 15, 2010
  • Submitted: Monday, November 15, 2010
  • Attachment(s): LINK

This report reviews findings from a survey conducted by the Center for Community Alternatives in collaboration with the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) that explores the use of criminal history screening in college admissions procedures. The survey found that a broad array of convictions, including convictions for relatively minor offenses, are viewed as negative factors in the context of admissions decision-making. The report offers a series of recommendations designed to make admissions processes fairer and more evidence-based.

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