The National Collegiate Athletic Association declared Thursday that it had rejected Bradley University’s appeal to be dropped from a list of institutions deemed to have “hostile” or “abusive” Native American nicknames or mascots, in a ruling that spells trouble for the rest of the 15 institutions that remain on the NCAA’s list. Bradley's teams are known as the Braves.
Over the past decade and a half, the number and proportion of college students opting not to reveal their race when asked have shot up, to 5.9 percent of all students in 2001 from 3.2 percent a decade earlier. The increases have raised two major questions: Who are these students, and why are they declining to identify themselves? The answers have implications for college officials and policy makers on a wide range of issues, including affirmative action and student life.