Are Asian Americans routinely discriminated against in college admissions? The latest research is showing that, yes indeed, Asian Americas are getting the shaft when it comes to getting their collective foot into the college classroom door. And why would that be?
Simply put, Asian Americans out-perform all other racial and ethnic groups when it comes to academic performance and SAT scores. And in many university settings dominated by a demented diversity dogma, members of this minority group are considered high achieving SAT pariahs. College admissions officers apparently believe there can be way too much of an outstanding good thing.
Today, if you’re born of Asian descent in America, you must scholastically stand head and shoulders above everyone else in order to secure a place at the university table. In the kind of kinky college campus environment that would have the audacity to proclaim that a white-on-white White woman qualifies as a Native American, can we be shocked to discover that academically excellent Asians are persona non grata at the halls of higher education?
Here are some staggering stats that show just how high they’ve raised the entrance bar for these folks:
Asian applicants accepted to the University of Michigan in 2005 had a median SAT score that was 50 points higher than the median score of White students who were accepted, 140 points higher than that of Hispanics and 240 points higher than that of Blacks.
Among applicants with a 1240 SAT score and a 3.2 grade point average in 2005, the University of Michigan admitted 10 % of Asian Americans, 14% of Whites, 88% of Hispanics and 92% of Blacks.
So it seems to be Come On Down! for most of the academically mediocre Hispanic and Black applicants but Hit the Road! for the better qualified Asian and White kids. Ah yes, the best and the brightest….helps one to really understand the true value of so many of those sheepskins that are getting handed out on graduation day.
But let’s hope that this ‘affirmative action’ unfair farce is headed for a fall.
The times may be a changin’, though. This fall, the Supreme Court will hear a case brought by a white student who says she was denied admission to the University of Texas on account of her Caucasian background. Consequently, racial preferences in college admissions could be banned altogether—a real possibility, given the Court’s relatively conservative bent.
But until then, Asian applicants may continue to have to leap a higher bar than others. Unsurprisingly, the Associated Press reported late last year that increasing numbers of Asian applicants are neglecting to identify themselves as such—students of mixed descent, for example, fail to mention their Asian heritage at all, checking the box for “Caucasian” and leaving “Asian” blank. Weekly Standard