The University of Minnesota has announced it will remove a question from applications about whether applicants have been convicted of felonies. Student groups and the Obama administration have been urging colleges to reconsider such questions.
A statement from Robert McMaster, vice provost and dean of undergraduate education, said, "After careful consideration of all evidence and research, we concluded that admitting convicted felons doesn't represent a threat to the university, because these individuals are self-reporting and have served their time. Also, the university is concerned with the effect of completed applications from underrepresented minority populations. It remains in the best interest of the university, its academic integrity and security, to continue to ask applicants about previous sexual offenses and academic misconduct."