CU: Admission policy may change under Amendment 46 |

CU: Admission policy may change under Amendment 46

DENVER ” The University of Colorado said Thursday it would have to change some of its admissions programs and scholarships if voters pass a ballot initiative to ban it from considering gender, race, ethnicity, color or national origin in education.

Amendment 46 would ban state-supported institutions from considering those factors in employment, contracting or education.

CU considers applicants based on grades, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities and reference letters. It also considers secondary factors such as race, socio-economic background and others.

The university said that if voters approve Amendment 46 in November, the university would eliminate race, ethnicity and gender as secondary factors in admissions.

The school said the initiative would have no effect on outreach programs to recruit high school students or other programs open to all students.

CU said it has about 100 donor-sponsored scholarships with eligibility requirements that might include a student’s gender, race or ethnicity.

If Amendment 46 passes, the university will work with donors to make sure scholarships meet any new laws, CU said.

CU President Bruce Benson said the school will continue to regard diversity as fundamental institutional values, regardless of the election.

University policies prohibit discrimination in admissions, educational programs or activities based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status.

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