Posted on September 14, 2011

New Studies Show Severe Racial Discrimination at University of Wisconsin

Center for Equal Opportunity, September 13, 2011

Two studies released today by the Center for Equal Opportunity reveal severe discrimination based on race and ethnicity in undergraduate and law school admissions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with African Americans and Latinos given preference over whites and Asians.

The studies are based on data supplied by the schools themselves, some of which the university had refused to turn over until a lawsuit was filed by CEO and successfully taken all the way to the state supreme court. The studies were prepared by Dr. Althea Nagai, a research fellow at CEO, and can be viewed on the organization’s website,

CEO president Roger Clegg will answer questions about the studies when they are formally released at a press conference today at 11:00 a.m. at the DoubleTree hotel in Madison–525 W. Johnson St.

The odds ratio favoring African Americans and Hispanics over whites was 576-to-1 and 504-to-1, respectively, using the SAT and class rank while controlling for other factors. Thus, the median composite SAT score for black admittees was 150 points lower than for whites and Asians, and the Latino median SAT score was 100 points lower. Using the ACT, the odds ratios climbed to 1330-to-1 and 1494-to-1, respectively, for African Americans and Hispanics over whites.

For law school admissions, the racial discrimination found was also severe, with the weight given to ethnicity much greater than given to, for example, Wisconsin residency. Thus, an out-of-state black applicant with grades and LSAT scores at the median for that group would have had a 7 out 10 chance of admission and an out-of-state Hispanic a 1 out of 3 chance–but an in-state Asian with those grades and scores had a 1 out of 6 chance and an in-state white only a 1 out of 10 chance.

CEO chairman Linda Chavez noted: “This is the most severe undergraduate admissions discrimination that CEO has ever found in the dozens of studies it has published over the last 15 years.” Chavez also noted: “The studies show that literally hundreds of students applying as undergrads or to the law school are rejected in favor of students with lower test scores and grades, and the reason is that they have the wrong skin color or their parents came from the wrong countries.”

Roger Clegg added: “The latest census figures have dramatically underscored that America is increasingly multiethnic and multiracial. In such country, is simply untenable for our institutions–including public universities–to engage in politically correct but divisive and unfair discrimination.”

The Center for Equal Opportunity recently joined an amicus brief challenging the use of racial preferences at the University of Texas, in a case for which review by the U.S. Supreme Court will be sought this week.

[Editor’s Note: View the original article to download a copy of the full report.]

Protesters Break-up News Conference on UW Madison Racial Enrollment

Chris Conley, WHBL 1330 (Madison), September 13, 2011

Over 100 protestors interrupted a news conference in Madison Monday.

The Center for Equal Opportunity held the briefing to explain its data showing that UW Madison admits larger percentages of blacks and Hispanics–and they average lower test scores and class ranks than whites.

Center president Roger Clegg was about 45 minutes into his presentation at a hotel near the Madison campus, when at least one protestor found a back door and busted in.

Until then, the group was kept outside. A hotel worker tackled the first protestor, but others managed to get in. Once inside, the racially-mixed group chanted “Power to the People” and “We’re more than our scores.” At that point, Clegg ended his talk and left.


The hotel’s manager later said protestors had tossed some of his workers to the ground during their entry.