This paper addresses policies and practices related to college admissions to bring attention to its impact on access for Black students who seek admission into large predominantly White public institutions (PWIs). This critical essay hopes to create a discussion around these issues of college access and opportunity. It presents a historical context that outlines what Black people have endured to secure an education and what they currently face. This conversation provides a continuum and breadth of knowledge that allows for a deeper understanding about Black education.
This work looks at education as a viable tool to combat the unjust nature of society and the constraints placed upon those disenfranchised. This critical piece sees education as a way out of systematic turmoil, as well as way of reimagining the self and sharpening one's tools to be equipped for more opportunities. While there are many other solutions to consider, education is one that has a long-standing history of liberation for those oppressed.
Keywords: educational opportunity, higher education policy, affirmative action, college access
How to Cite:
Edwards, J. A., (2021) “Black Pathways: Examining the History of Race Considerations in College Admissions at Highly Selective Campuses”, Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis 10(2). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/jctp.11607