Oklahoma Bans Race-Sensitive Admissions in Higher Education

Voters in the state of Oklahoma voted by an overwhelming margin to amend the state constitution to prohibit the consideration of race by any agency of the state in decisions regarding hiring, contracting, or admission to educational institutions. More than 59 percent of the voters approved the measure.

The amendment reads, “The state shall not grant preferential treatment to, or discriminate against, any individual or group on the basis of race, color, sex, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contractings.”

Oklahoma is the eighth state to ban the consideration of race in university admissions. Blacks make up about 8 percent of the state’s population. The latest data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that Blacks are 5 percent of the undergraduate student body at the main campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater and 5 percent of the undergraduate student body at the flagship campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

Related Articles


Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Remembering the Impact of Black Women on College Basketball

As former college basketball players, we are grateful that more eyes are watching, respecting and enjoying women’s college basketball. However, we are equally troubled by the manner in which the history of women’s basketball has been inaccurately represented during the Caitlin Clark craze.

Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney Announces Retirement

In 2014, Dr. Berger-Sweeney became the first African American and first woman president of Trinity College since its founding in 1823. Over the past decade, the college has experienced growth in enrollment and graduation rates, hired more diverse faculty, and improved campus infrastructure.

Study Discovers Link Between Midlife Exposure to Racism and Risk of Dementia

Scholars at the University of Georgia, the University of Iowa, and Wake Forest University, have found an increased exposure to racial discrimination during midlife results in an increased risk for Alzheimer's disease and dementia later in life.

Josie Brown Named Dean of University of Hartford College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Brown currently serves as a professor of English and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Point Park University, where she has taught courses on African American, Caribbean, and Ethnic American literature for the past two decades.

Featured Jobs