Diversity attempts and getting around them is not to make a better (more educated) college.
Here’s a discussion from California on the topic:
In an unguarded moment, he told me that unless the university took steps to “guide” admissions decisions, UC would be dominated by Asians. When I asked, “What would be wrong with that?” I got an answer that speaks volumes about the underlying philosophy at many universities with regard to Asian enrollment.
The UC administrator told me that Asians are “too dull – they study, study, study.” He then said, “If you ever say I said this, I will have to deny it.” I won’t betray the individual’s anonymity because to do so would put him in a world of trouble – and he would, indeed, deny having said it. Yet, it is time to confront the not-so-subtle hand of discrimination against Asians that masquerades as “building diversity” at many elite college campuses.
And here’s one from Texas:
Even though the university attracts outstanding students through 10 percent admissions, Powers said, there are gaps. There are not enough students enrolling that way who want to major in key areas such as geosciences, computer engineering and education. Earlier this year, Powers also suggested (in an argument that received plenty of attention from non-academics in Texas) that 10 percent was making it difficult to recruit athletes in key sports, since many of the best athletes are not in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.
Are you seeing what I am seeing?
Colleges want a diversity, not the best students. And even when they get diversity of race (as Texas did under the 10% rule), they want something else. I mean, diversity with best students does not make it easy for them to get the best football/basketball players.
And what does THAT tell you about the function of the university?
What it tells me is that the university is not about education. For Texas (UT specifically) it is about continuing the huge donations from the alumni. But for what? They have a great college, and it is legally and well-done diverse. That’s not what they want though. So they want to change their diversity laws so they can recruit athletes to help support the school, which is becoming less of an educational brass ring as they recruit student athletes who are not in the top of their class.
What is the point of higher education?
And that California wants to get rid of the Asian imbalance because they study too much? Yes, I believe it. It’s too bad they don’t have good representation because if someone was hollering on their behalf, they’d be doing a lot better in this “perfect” model that the colleges want to build. A model not based on ability or education but on equal outcome. (It’s not enough to have equal opportunity. They want everyone to come out with the same end product as well.)