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A Program That Believes In Going With The 'Posse'

Chronicle of Higher Education

Posted April 28, 2000
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At a time when the prognosis for many affirmative-action programs is somewhere between down and out, small Posse Foundation has compiled a record that reads like a Horatio Alger story in hip-hop... In a typical vignette, a "posse" of 10 carefully chosen graduates from inner-city, mostly minority high schools is admitted, en masse, to a selective private college that wants to diversify its student population. Possibly mediocre grades and low SAT scores are overlooked in light of leadership skills and social adaptability... The foundation intends to work with more colleges- it is talking to Bates, Hamilton, Smith, Union, and Williams Colleges now- and to open offices in more cities...

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