Thursday, February 21, 2008

Asians Most Effected by University Quotas

"...The long-running debate over affirmative action in college admissions just got more complicated, thanks to a new study that challenges the common assumption that whites are hurt most when colleges take applicants' race and ethnicity into account.

The study, published by the University of California-Los Angeles last week in the scholarly journal InterActions, suggests that it is mainly Asian-Americans � not whites � who are held to a higher standard when top colleges use affirmative action.

Where such institutions have been banned from considering applicants' race, the study finds, enrollment of Asian-Americans has increased while admissions of whites remained flat or, in some cases, declined. The study, an analysis of long-term enrollment trends at several exclusive public universities, found that the Asian-American share of enrollment increased:

•More than 15% at the University of Texas at Austin after a 1996 federal court ruling barred consideration of race in admissions.

•More than 15% at the University of Florida after Gov. Jeb Bush persuaded the state university system's governing board to vote in 2000 to end race- and ethnicity-conscious admissions.

•More than 20% at the University of California-Berkeley, more than 10% at UCLA and more than 30% at the University of California-San Diego after that state's voters passed a 1996 ballot measure barring the use of affirmative-action preferences by public colleges and other state agencies..." (source)

Here is an article that attempts to differentiate between what Affirmative Action has come to entail and quotas. After reading the article, I still see them as the same. Maybe it's just not clear to me how a law that guaranteed against racial discrimination morphed into an active program of, yes, social engineering. Asians are on the list of those purported to benefit from Affirmative Action, so this study should turn a few heads...

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