Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Article "Recruiting minorities a 'deeply economic problem'"

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Article "Recruiting minorities a 'deeply economic problem'"

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According to University director of admissions, Thomas N. Pollard Jr., the University struggled to recruit minority students compared to state-supported schools as well as predominantly black universities. Pollard explained that the University’s financial aid policy was to meet entire need, including loans, which hindered the recruitment of those who could not afford a private institution: “Poor people don't mind paying 18 percent interest on a car or house because you can see it and touch it, but higher education isn't always emphasized in their culture, especially since the promise of getting a better job with it higher education doesn't always become a reality.” The University planned to address this “fiscal problem” at a Board of Trustees meeting on Dec. 8. According to the article, CIGNA Insurance Corporation offered scholarships for black students in the Richmond area, which, according to director of the Board of Trustees, Lewis T. Booker, the University sought. While the University had not offered any of these scholarships, Vice President of student affairs, William Leftwich, argued that it could still designate the funds. Assistant director of admissions, Bruce Hunter, emphasized the additional educational value and necessity of diversifying the University. Pollard noted that because of the private status of the university, it had "no reason to meet any artificial standards."

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Marsh, Nadine. “Recruiting minorities a ‘deeply economic problem.’” The University of Richmond Collegian 71, no. 8, (November 8, 1984): 2. https://collegian.richmond.edu/cgi-bin/richmond?a=d&d=COL19841101.2.7&srpos=1&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-

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The Collegian, University of Richmond

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1984-11-01

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English

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Richmond (Va.)

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Marsh, Nadine, “Article "Recruiting minorities a 'deeply economic problem'" ,” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed November 21, 2019, http://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/2479.