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Top U.S. Universities Open Parley Today on Discrimination in College Admissions

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Major American universities are represented among the delegates arriving here today for the two-day Conference on Discrimination in College Admissions sponsored by the American Council on Education in cooperation with the Anti-Defamation League. The conference officially opens tomorrow at the Palmer House.

The conference marks the first attempt by college administrators themselves, meeting as a group, to deal with the problem of racial and religious discrimination in admission practices among institutions of higher learning. Princeton, California, the University of Chicago, Amherst, Columbia, the University of Illinois, Wisconsin, Tulane, Texas, Loyola and Northwestern are included in the roster of schools represented here. Among the more than 100 delegates are university presidents, deans and registrars and representatives of 28 educational organizations and 10 state and city public school systems.

The conference is the outgrowth of a nationwide survey of racial, religious and economic discrimination in college admissions practices made by Elmo Roper researchers last year. The survey was made for the American Council on Education on a grant from the Anti-Defamation League and the B’nai B’rith Vocational Guidance Bureau. Both the Roper study and the Report of the President’s Commission on Higher Education have shown that race, religion and economic status are vital factors influencing the admission of college students.

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