Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

MADI Diplomacy & International Relations




Philip Moremen


Higher education, Comparative studies, State sponsored preferential policies, Great Britain, India, South Africa


Recent U.S. court decisions striking down affirmative action policies in college admissions have caused universities to seek diversity programs that can hold up to public and Jesa1 scrutiny while maintaining diversity on campus. The purpose of this thesis is to study the preference programs of other countries and determine if successful elements could be duplicated here in the United States. Specifically, the study looks at whether countries who use equality of opportunity programs (which focus on training initiatives) are more successful in increasing enrollment and hiring numbers of minorities than equality of outcome measures (which focus on quotas). The study also asked the larger theoretical question of whether preference programs are successful in distributing valuable higher education resources to minorities?



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