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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Princeton president on admissions process: "Everybody gets a fair shake" - CBS News

Ivy League schools are bracing for a fresh review of the role race plays in college admissions.

The Trump administration is investigating a series of complaints against Harvard University that say Asian American students are at a disadvantage.


Well, there shouldn't be much disagreement about the treatment of Asians at Harvard and the rest of the Ivies anyway. We'll just have to decide if being denied admission even though your test scores, grades and extracurricular activities are better than those who were admitted amounts to discrimination. Maybe it's chopped liver.

At a minimum, shouldn't universities be required at least to disclose the basis on which they admit people? You could have a little box that said something like, "If you are white, subtract X from your test scores and Y from your GPA. If you are Asian, subtract Q from your test scores and R from your GPA." That way, applicants would know what they are up against. Note also the percent of racial admissions. 43 percent. That's 43. You probably thought it was 5 or 10 percent. Nope. And you wonder why universities have so many people protesting Halloween costumes instead of hitting the books for their biochem exams. That's why.

I would say "Harvard's private. Let them do what they want and the market will sort it out." But Harvard and the rest (except for Hillsdale) get so much money from government that they might as well be public universities. He's an idea. Public universities in the United States should not discriminate on the basis of race. Period. If we don't want racial discrimination, we shouldn't discriminate on the basis of race. I know, I know. Thinking this makes me a racist. We should take a page from the UK on this. Oxford, Cambridge and the rest go to some lengths not to discriminate on the basis of race, income, legacy, athletic ability and the rest. They look at your scholastic merit. And they still have pretty diverse institutions.

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"Oxford, Cambridge and the rest go to some lengths ...": but the pressure to reverse that is relentless. Dearieme's Rule: all bad American habits spread.

Posted by: dearieme | Aug 8, 2017 1:59:06 PM