The Effects of Proposition 209 on College Enrollment and Graduation Rates in California ∗

  title={The Effects of Proposition 209 on College Enrollment and Graduation Rates in California ∗},
  author={Peter Arcidiacono and Esteban Aucejo and Patrick Coate and V. Joseph Hotz},
Proposition 209 banned the use of racial preferences in admissions at public colleges in California. Although enrollments for minorities fell post-Prop 209, two-thirds of the drop came from the CSU system which consists primarily of non-selective institutions. More notably, we find that minority graduation rates increased after Prop 209 was implemented, a finding consistent with the argument that affirmative action bans result in better matching of students to colleges. To address the… CONTINUE READING

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