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In California and Texas, two attempts to maintain campus diversity falter on race

This spring the admissions committee of the University of California, Berkeley evaluated a Latino applicant whose grades and college-board scores were good but not stellar. Following Berkeley's newly redesigned admissions policy, however, the committee looked well beyond the raw numbers. The members learned that although his parents spoke only Spanish, the applicant had single-handedly found his way to a magnet school devoted to science an hour from his home. They took note of the fact that as his English improved, so had his grades. And translating for his parents, as the boy frequently did, had given him an interest in language...

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