Monday, February 27, 2012

Affirmative action fail

A US Department of Education study, "Enrollment in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2008" (PDF), examined graduation rates from 4-year institutions by race/ethnicity (see Table 5):

Grad. Ethnicity
66.1% Asian, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander
59.3% White
46.5% Hispanic or Latino
38.9% Black or African American
37.9% American Indian or Alaska  Native
A liberal would look at these statistics and declare that colleges and universities are racist. A more reasonable conclusion would be that the "beneficiaries" of affirmative action do not benefit: they end up in schools for which they are not qualified and drop-out. Whichever explanation you accept, affirmative action is not working.

PREVIOUSLY on affirmative action:
Affirmative action backfire
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For liberals, "affirmative action" means "keep the Asians out"
Justice Scalia on the incoherence of Affirmative Action law
For liberals, "affirmative action" means "keep the Asians out"
Liberals oppose even research on the issue of whether affirmative action works
High school implements race-based punishments for misbehavior

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