UCLA Whistleblower Prof Exposes Lawbreaking

Larry Elder, WND, May 7, 2014

In 1996 California voters passed Proposition 209, which prohibited discrimination or preferential treatment based on race, ethnicity or sex in admissions to public college and universities. But the moment 209 passed, UCLA, according to a new book, set about figuring ways around it.

Cheating: An Insider’s Report on the Use of Race in Admissions at UCLA by professor Tim Groseclose, describes what the author insists are illegal admissions practices he witnessed at UCLA.

Groseclose’s story begins in 2008 when, as a member of a faculty oversight committee for admissions, he asked for a random set of application files. He suspected that UCLA was using racial preferences in its admissions decisions–in violation of Prop 209. When UCLA refused to give him the files, he grew even more suspicious. In response, he resigned from the committee and alerted the press.

To divert attention away from his resignation, he says, UCLA formed the equivalent of a blue-ribbon commission. Specifically, it commissioned one of its sociology professors, whom it called an “independent researcher,” to study UCLA admissions and to examine Groseclose’s allegations about racial preferences.

Although the study was supposed to be completed in a year, UCLA did not release it until four years later. The statistical tests the researcher conducted showed significant evidence of racial preferences. However, says Groseclose, UCLA wrote a press release claiming the opposite.

In addition to summarizing that report, Groseclose analyzes a data set he obtained from UCLA via California’s Public Records Act. That data set, which he has posted online and is accessible to the public, contains evidence that is even more damning to UCLA.

But perhaps more interesting than the data and statistical analyses is Groseclose’s documentation of the suspicious ways UCLA faculty and senior officials reacted when he asked for the data. They seemed to know that UCLA was breaking the law, and they resorted to desperate measures to prevent Groseclose and others from seeing the proof. Once Groseclose began to press them, he says, their responses became more and more fanciful. For instance, they claimed that “privacy” was the reason they couldn’t give him the data. But then Groseclose suggested that they redact all names and personal identifiers from the applications. They still refused. Further, if they were so concerned with privacy, why did they give the data to the “independent researcher”?


My favorite parts of the book are the conversations Groseclose reports from faculty meetings. He discusses one meeting in which the UCLA chancellor pressured Groseclose’s committee into adopting a “holistic” admissions system. The reason, the chancellor admitted, was because “several constituencies of UCLA are distressed and upset about the very low numbers of African-American freshmen.” At another meeting, two left-wing professors insisted that the university’s “independent study” should not examine data from a particular year. Why? They admitted that in that specific year, UCLA was probably the most guilty of violating the law.


Cheating Groseclose’s new book written from his perspective as a UCLA insider, is an important voice in this debate on race-based preferences.

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  • What I’m about to say is something I figured out long ago, and stories like this one only confirm.

    Affirmative action isn’t just a policy, it’s a state of mind. Therefore, it’s going to take a lot more than just adding or deleting line items in legal documents to get rid of AA, it’s going to take completely throwing off the mentality of pathological altruism.

    As we can see here, California did away with AA as a matter of law, but that wasn’t enough to get rid of it in terms of essence.

    • Nimadan

      Pathological altruism is one piece of the puzzle; self-hate is another.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      One way we could eliminate AA, even when school officials don’t want it eliminated, would be to remove racial information from applications and hide the applicants’ names from the admissions officials until admissions decisions are over.

      With no explicit racial identifiers and no implicit racial identifiers (names), it would be extremely difficult for them to AA blacks and Hispanics into positions they don’t deserve. The only real information they’d have about the applicants would be their grades, GPA, test scores, and answers to any essay questions.

      The only way I can think of that they could still use to find out racial information about prospective students would be to look up each kid’s address and find out whether he’s from a white neighborhood or a black one, and thus that he’s probably white or black respectively, but it’s a lot less perfect than their use of self-identified racial information, and when they found high-scoring kids from black-majority neighborhoods, I imagine they’d be disappointed to find out that a decent number of those students are simply white kids from poor families who can’t afford to live anywhere else.

      There’s also the problem of essay questions, in which kids sometimes talk about their race. I imagine officials who like AA but can’t use it would preferentially admit kids who talked about the struggles of being black in their essays, but it should be possible to screen for that kind of behavior.

      You’re right, though, that AA is very hard to eliminate simply by making a law against it when virtually all school officials, particularly high ranking ones, love AA.

      • WR_the_realist

        Way back in the early 60s when liberals still had some principles they did precisely that — remove all information from applications that would reveal the race of the applicant. But you all know the result — nowhere near enough blacks got in. (Hispanics weren’t even an issue back then.) So of course as the radicals replaced the more principled people the identifying information was put back in.

        • The reason the liberals advocated that was because they presumed that there was such a thing as “white privilege,” so if applications had no racial clues or cues or identifiers, the libs presumed that all these black geniuses would be admitted.

          • WR_the_realist

            “White privilege” is a far more recent concept. But naive liberals did believe that blacks and whites were essentially the same, so if only black were admitted by the same objective standards as whites they’d be proportionately represented.

          • SFLBIB

            Thomas Sowell once observed that the black loan applicant default rate was about the same as that of whites [indicating that they were being rated the same as whites], and any lowering of standards would increase their default rate. This is precisely what happened in the mortgage collapse of 2008. It seems that something similar could be done with college applicants.

        • GeneticsareDestiny

          Did they? That’s a great policy. I’m not surprised they chucked it though when they realized that meritocratic admissions policies don’t let in very many kids from low-average-IQ racial groups.

        • SFLBIB

          One piece of information that the public institutions should be required to provide is publish the graduation rates of those admitted under AA.

      • SFLBIB

        I would remove the selection process from the schools and hire a contractor directly responsible to the people.

        • Jesse_from_Sweden

          Or do it the way they do it in Sweden.
          No essays or anything, just plain hard cold numbers.

      • Jesse_from_Sweden

        Or do it the swedish way.

        The only thing that matters here are grades and our equivalent of SAT.
        2/3 of students are admitted in order of application of their grades and the remaining 1/3 in order of SAT-scores.

        No need for essays or extra-curricular activites or AP-classes etc (instead, various programs have a requirement for high school courses, engineering programs require certain math courses for example).

        This makes it very easy to check the statistical data, since there is no room for any subjective evaluations by administrators.

        Of course, it helps that education in Sweden is funded by taxes and free for the students, which means private universities are very few and all of them have to conform to state demands if they want continued funding, which with the system means the difference between continued existence or not.

    • John R

      Good point. AA comes from a state of mind that says WE OWE MINORITIES. Period. We must end that very idea. They owe us, not the other way. We must get that idea across. With Mexicans this should be obvious: They came here voluntarily. Why do we “owe them”? But even for blacks, we don’t owe them. Blacks are better off in the United States than in any other country in the world. Just ask the families of those Nigerian school girls kidnapped and sold into slavery if I’m right.

      • saxonsun

        Like I once told my uncle: we did a favor to the blacks by enslaving them and killed ourselves.

    • LHathaway

      What it will take to get rid of affirmative action (preferences for anyone who isn’t a white man) will be for white men to be denied ‘affrimative action’, too. That will be the beginning of the end for affirmative action policies for everyone who isnt’ a white man.

  • This could be me. While on the Faculty Senate at the University of Texas at San Antonio, I asked for certain information. The administration responded, “We do not have that information available.” I never got the info. I did get fired and smeared.

    Which brings to mind a campus joke: How can you tell a UTSA administrator is lying? Their lips are moving.

    Groan. It’s an old joke, but it’s true of ALL university adminstrators in my experience. Especially the minority ones.

    • JSS

      What did you ask for exactly that got you fired? Sorry bigone but thats not a remotely surprising story. It’s always the champions of freedom looking to silence anyone who disagrees. Your freedom is only the freedom to conform, to have your internet porn, to have your drugs, to have your high fructose corn syrup, the NFL and bakkaball and to have mulatto grand kids.

      • 1stworlder

        If you are going to blow the whistle you should have at least a part time job somewhere else already or be ready to move across country.

  • dd121

    AA is one of the great evils of the past 50 years. I hope it dies a quick death.

  • JohnEngelman

    Those responsible for circumventing Prop 209 should remember who pays their pay checks.

    • Bobbala

      Since the bureaucrats get paid whether they like it or not, why should they care? No wonder they despise freedom. It is a mortal threat.

    • Juggernaut3000

      The recently arrested LeLand Yee , busted for smuggling weapons, tried to pass a law to illegally circumvent Prop 209 along with two other Asians.

      • JohnEngelman

        Orientals and Jews do not need affirmative action policies. Those policies hold them back.

        • Alexandra1973

          Maybe they should be in their own nations…?

          • JohnEngelman

            I am glad lots of them are here in the United States.

            I have always liked and respected them.

          • DudeWheresMyCountry?

            They never liked or respected you. Nobody here likes or respects you. An island adrift is what you are.

          • JohnEngelman

            I have always had good relationships with Orientals. My two best friends in high school were Chinese Americans. I enjoyed living with Vietnamese in downtown San Jose, California.

            You may have noticed that my posts usually get up votes. Unfortunately, some people dislike the way I post facts about racial differences. A race realist is not the same as a white nationalist. White nationalists like to pretend that the white Gentile race is superior to other races. Race realists know that this is not true.

          • DNA Explains It All

            I, like you don’t have a lot bad to say about Asian peoples, but where the European has them licked in creativity. That is not a small thing. Asian people though are plenty capable of integrating and not becoming such a destructive force as seemingly EVERY other non-European people are. Still I would prefer more homogeneity, this even with a half Thai son (who is cute as a button damn it).

          • JohnEngelman

            Japanese have more patent applications per year than Americans. South Koreans have more than all Europeans. Orientals are catching up fast.

          • Bubble Burster

            Then why not open Israel’s border to them?

        • trouble maker

          I was in Berkley , California in 1996 while prop 209 was coming up for a vote and the majority of the people I saw protesting against it were Asian Women !

        • 1stworlder

          only north east Asians can compete with whitey the rest are sub par.

          • SlizzardAjeosshi

            Yes i have to agree with you, i’ve neve seen such an absurd gap in terms of intelligence among 2 groups who are after all relatively similar genetically. With the partial exception of the Vietnamese and a couple Indonesians, most of the S.E. Asians i met in my life were some of the dumbest creatures I’ve ever encountered

          • 1stworlder

            I like to use the term Sub Par since I saw the posters of Obama that said it.

          • JohnEngelman

            When I use the word “Oriental” I refer to Chinese, Koreans, and Japanese.

      • Kenner

        I believe they effectively stopped an attempt by hispanic and black legislators to reinstate racial preferences, rightfully stating that asian children would be harmed by quotas.

    • 1stworlder

      to leftists money just majikly appears.

  • DudeWheresMyCountry?

    If most Black people had the objectivity, honesty and intelligence of Larry Elder we wouldn’t have such a problem with them.

    • JohnEngelman

      If the moon was made of green cheese we could use it to feed the hungry.

      • DudeWheresMyCountry?

        We are the only race that could get to the Moon. If the Chinese could they would have Chinese men on the Moon right now. They can’t. If China had a staff of White engineers from NASA today they could do it in a matter of months. All that money but not enough smarts to do it on their own. That pains you.

        • SlizzardAjeosshi

          In all fairness rumours around here seem to indicate that the Chinese space program is little more than a smokescreen for their Space War-like military program. They are investing a lot in it as the key to crack through the Aegis architecture, from what i gather landing on the moon is the last of their concerns.

        • JohnEngelman

          China became the third country ever to launch a human into space in 2003 and has been expanding its space program ever since…

          February 12th, 2014

          China’s first moon lander, Chang’e 3, is reportedly up and running following its second encounter with the vicious lunar night cycle…


          Give the Chinese time. They will colonize the moon.

          • DNA Explains It All

            Largely with pilfered technologies.

          • JohnEngelman

            That is an alibi for white failure, like white racism is an alibi for black failure.

            By the way, DNA explains why Orientals tend to be more intelligent than white Gentiles.

          • DNA Explains It All

            In some areas yes, DNA is the explanation. I spent a decade married to a Thai and being around Asian people so I have no axe to grind with them as a whole. In my job I have encounters with Chinese engineers and trust me they interact with us as a monolithic spying entity. They buy stuff to reverse engineer and copy. They take WAY more effort to get things working than it should. They get there but after laughable amounts of effort and large teams work on things.

  • Juggernaut3000

    I hope the good professor has tenure because I have a feeling he is about to be the subject of a witch hunt and inquisition for breaking PC protocol, i.e.,he should know at universities, racial justice trumps White Man’s Law.

    The professor said in an interview that what he really wanted to look at were the essays that came in with the applications, he had a feeling students were using sob stories of racial discrimination, real or imagined, to gain admittance. Some of these AA admissions have to be related to the government money the school gets when the tuition is paid in full for these unqualified students.

    What would be even more telling would be the drop out/graduation rate and majors of AA admit tees.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      “What would be even more telling would be the drop out/graduation rate and majors of AA admit tees.”

      If only we could get this. It would be such a powerful blow to affirmative action. Most whites are already against it, but this would convert even more to our side and could create an extremely unfriendly political climate for AA-proponents (which would be good for us).

    • saxonsun

      They are using sob stories. An extremely intelligent Asian woman I recommended for advanced studies told me that the people running the program wanted her to tell them stories about how she suffered discrimination here. When she told them she was born here, considers herself an American and has NEVER been discriminated against, they got upset. She told me they wanted minority applicants to make stories up about how they’d suffered at the hands of the white race.

  • Pro_Whitey

    Well, at least some faculty put tenure rights to good use.

    • IstvanIN

      They’ll find a way to destroy him for this. Trust me, they will.

  • 4teepee

    Some people need to go to jail.

    • SlizzardAjeosshi

      For a long time

      • dcc2379

        Or sent back to the place before the hyphen.

  • John Ambrose

    By hook or by crook liberals are determined to get their way. The rule of law means nothing to them.

    • DNA Explains It All

      Hey now, the “greater good” cannot be codified.

  • willbest

    Sounds to me like there is a class action lawsuit available. Probably some 60,000 plus identifiable people at this point. Figure $1k a head plus another 10% in attorney’s fees and you are looking at $65-70 million.

    • Pilgrim786

      This is one Plaintiffs’ suit I would happily file and charge a mere 30% if it went to trial.

  • none of your business

    Genetics are destiny
    Even if racial identity and even names were removed the admissions people would find a way to get around it. Here are a few ways: zip codes, high schools towns and neighborhoods identify blacks and hispanics. Another way is done by some of the top 50. They actually interview every applicant. Some of the interviewers are local alumni. Others are the multitude of grad students and leaders in all the ethnic racist groups on campus.
    As Lenin and his cheka found dissidents, admission committees would find a way to get around merit non discriminatory admissions. Another way be easier, just use people finder and face book. Teens often are not on people finder, but the parents are.

  • none of your business

    A commentator mentioned the essay. Believe me, that is all the admissions committees officially consider,how deprived and depraved the applicant is. Unofficially, race is the only consideration.


    So have I.

    This is not really news. When Prop. 209 passed, a few politicians, such as San Francisco mayor Willie Brown, loudly vowed to disobey it. Not only did the university administration ignore Prop 209, they turned it on its head. To wit, right out of the official UC website:

    What about Proposition 209?

    The enactment of Proposition 209 in 1996 raised many questions about the status of faculty diversity efforts at the University of California. However, the Task Force found that the non-discrimination requirement in Proposition 209 can be understood as supporting the University’s commitment to provide equal opportunity in hiring, compensation and all other employment programs. Where there is under-representation, the university must take steps to address the barriers that prevent full participation of minorities in academic careers. Further, schools and departments in every field can identify the academic values that are enhanced by a diverse teaching and research environment. Strategies to select and advance scholars with the expertise to foster those academic values are essential if UC is to maintain its excellence as a premier public institution. [Emphasis added]
    universityofcalifornia . edu/facultydiversity/executive-summary . pdf

    This is EXACTLY what the people voted to ELIMINATE when they passed Prop 209.
    There is even an ACTIVE University of California COMMITTEE ON AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND DIVERSITY to find ways to circumvent the will of the people – almost TWENTY YEARS after the voters passed Proposition 209 in 1996 to end race-based affirmative action. universityofcalifornia . edu/senate/committees/ucaad/ucaad . 12.10.04.minutes . pdf .
    Note: These are old references and might have been removed since.

    Author Heather Mac Donald has written several scathing articles about the UC and its AA program, as have other authors.

    Liberals say that statistical under-representation of racial minorities and women …
    . . . in the workplace;
    . . . in the professions;
    . . . in student bodies;
    . . . in faculties;
    . . . in movies;
    . . . on television;
    . . . in the military officer corps;
    . . . in law enforcement;
    . . . in corporate CEOs;
    . . . in political bodies;
    . . . in virtually EVERY walk of life (save one) proves discrimination;

    but, liberal academia still claims that somehow . . .

    . . . statistical under-representation of conservatives on university faculties proves NOTHING.

  • dcc2379

    Holistic is double speak for “white discrimination.”

  • skara_brae

    Go for a fifteen minute wander around Jane & Finch in Toronto and get back to us with that theory.


    Maybe the state should sell all its schools to the private sector.