Date of Conferral



Doctor of Public Administration(DPA)


Public Policy and Administration


Dr. Kristy Roberts-Lewis


Legal challenges and statewide bans regarding the use of affirmative action as an admissions policy have affected the way higher education administrators must comply with these mandates to receive federal funding. The purpose of this study was to examine the perspectives and experiences of college and university administrators at public and private U.S. colleges and universities regarding the implementation of race-based and race-neutral admissions policies. Critical race theory provided the framework for the study. Data were collected through in-depth interviews with 9 administrators at U.S. institutions of higher education. Data were organized, sorted, and coded to reveal 4 themes: holistic evaluation process, financial aid/scholarships, strategic alliances, and targeted recruitment. Findings may be used to influence programming and policies that lead to higher levels of acceptance and enrollment of racial and ethnic minority students at colleges and universities throughout the United States.