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Race-Based Admissions Supported by Majority of College Presidents

Race-Based Admissions Supported by Majority of College Presidents

“62 percent strongly agree or agree that race and ethnicity should be considered in admissions”

This is interesting because according to a recent survey, most of the American people do not support this. These college presidents are out of step with the public.

The Daily Caller reports:

Majority of College Presidents Support Race-Based Admissions

A majority of college presidents support race-based admissions as Harvard University enters the spotlight for allegedly discriminating against Asian-American applicants.

Inside Higher Ed’s 2019 Survey of College and University Presidents surveyed 784 college presidents and found 62 percent strongly agree or agree that race and ethnicity should be considered in admissions while 19 percent strongly disagree or disagree. Close to 80 percent of presidents also believed the general public did not understand the idea of holistic admissions, which considers criteria beyond test scores and GPAs.

The Harvard lawsuit was filed in 2014 by Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), a group against affirmative action in higher education. The case went to trial in October 2018 and highlighted the issue of Asian-American applicants receiving lower “personality scores.”

“Presidents do not appear to be very confident that Harvard will prevail, as 37 percent strongly agree or agree they are confident in Harvard’s defense of itself and the principles of affirmative action,” the survey said. “Twenty-seven percent strongly disagree or disagree.”

Forty-two percent of college presidents strongly agree or agree that they are concerned about possible discrimination against Asian-American applicants. More than 50 percent believed it was okay for private schools to consider legacy students in the admissions process, however.

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I was thinking about this subject recently when I read that Oberlin was one of three colleges which had their admissions records hacked, and the hackers were offering to sell the files to the applicants for a significant chunk of change. While this is interesting on an individual basis, I also wonder what one could learn if they were able to obtain the documents for an entire entering class, including the rejections, and then do a statistical analysis to determine the criteria that college is employing in their decision making process. Seems to me that a significant discrimination lawsuit could arise if the data supported it. I suspect that a lot of subjective box checking happened along the way, but as in all things, with a sufficient data set, it is likely that patterns would emerge. Simply cross-correlating race vs standarized tests would probably show an actionable pattern.

Simply cross-correlating race vs standarized tests would probably show an actionable pattern.

This is precisely what race-based Affirmative Action is—the practice and methodology of blowing off standardized test results.

Not surprising since a commitment to diversity is a requirement for getting the job.

So . . . how many of these college presidents have their jobs because of their race or ethnicity?

Race-based admissions – The KKK approves. MLK turns in his grave.

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