Rosenberg, Discriminations, Jul. 8
The University of Virginia Cavalier Daily reports
today that next falls entering freshman class is more
diverse than last year. By that it means next falls
freshman class is 10% black, compared to 9% last fall. (Similarly,
Hispanics increased from 3% to 5% and Asian and Asian Americans
increased from 13% to 14%. A chart in the print edition showing
last years numbers does not appear in the online version.)
The increase in minority acceptances
at the University is contrary to results seen at peer institutions
such as the University of Michigan and University of California
at Berkeley, both of which experienced decreases in minority acceptances.
. . .
This year there was more
money available to do more traveling and reach out a little more,
[director of the Minority Outreach Office Valerie] Gregory said.
We made more high school visits and the money allowed us
to visit New York, Philadelphia and some other areas that typically
have high minority populations.
UVa, Im sure, has no idea how
many Jews, Mormons, or Pentecostals there are in the entering class.
But if, in the interest of diversity, it did track such
numbers, I wonder if a director of Outreach would feel
so free to say she got extra money to visit New York and Los Angeles,
where many Jews are known to live, as well as to rural Alabama (or
even some hollows in the nearby Blue Ridge) where born again Christians
have been known to congregate.
But even without any concern for religious
diversity, all is not well at Mr. Jeffersons university: Women
comprise 54 percent of the class for the second year in a row .
. . . Still, I doubt whether there are any plans to institute
admissions preferences for the underrepresented males, to visit
areas or schools that typically have high male populations, or to
interview a disproportionate number of males in hopes of attracting
more of them. Im sure such behavior would be regarded as discriminatory.
Meanwhile, across the commonwealth
in Fairfax County, the highly selective Thomas Jefferson High School
for Science and Technology continues to be the subject of intense
debate over its unrepresentative student body. (See here
for some background on this debate.)
TJ attracts around 3,000 applicants
a year from Fairfax and surrounding counties. That number is winnowed
down to 800 semi-finalists, from which a class of 400 or so is ultimately
selected. The school used to consider race until lawyers
told them to s several years ago. As a result, the Washington
today, [l]ast year, the student body was about 1 percent black
and 2 percent Hispanic. You can predict the response:
A proposal to diversify the student
body at the elite Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and
Technology by giving less weight to applicants test scores
is on the Fairfax County School Board agenda for the first time
tonight . . .
As usual, diversity is not what is
at issue here. A correspondent cited in one of my posts above who
is a recent graduate of TJ wrote that in his class of 400 there
were 139 Asians. Severely limiting the number of Asians would allow
TJ to provide much more diversity than putting a thumb
on the admissions scales to admit a few more blacks and Hispanics.
And since the Supremes have given the green light to discriminating
to produce diversity, why dont they do it?
I wonder if the quaint old principle
that discrimination on the basis of race is wrong still lives on,
even among some educators.