Advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Admissions Practices
The current demographics of the student body at Ohio State are not representative of the demographics of the United States, Ohio, or Columbus. 12.2% of the population of Ohio identifies as Black. 29.0% of the Columbus population identify as Black. However Black-identifying students comprise only 6.9% of OSU’s student body. Furthermore, prior to adjustments made in light of the coronavirus pandemic, Undergraduate Admissions required applicants to submit standardized testing scores. Research suggests that standardized tests have cultural biases ingrained in them and scores tend to be positively correlated with income. The required use of standardized testing in admissions disproportionately and negatively impacts applicants of color, First Generation applicants, applicants from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, students with disabilities, and other marginalized groups.
Maddie and Sri view addressing inequity in admissions as a top priority. They will collaborate with Undergraduate Admissions and the Council on Enrollment and Student Progress to:
By promoting equity in admissions policies, applicants from marginalized backgrounds will face fewer barriers to succeeding in the admissions process, leading to a student body that better represents state and local demographics.