Sometimes, Perceptions of Affirmative Action Don’t Mesh With Reality
Adam Harris, The Chronicle of Higher Education
The notion that race-conscious admissions are systematically biased against some applicants—particularly white ones—has been the rallying cry for critics for decades. And even as those critics have shifted their focus to Asian-American applicants, the perception persists that race-conscious policies perpetuate a rigged system for gaining access to higher education.
Data show, however, that even with race-conscious admission policies in place, minority students constitute only a small fraction of the student populations at some highly-selective public institutions.