UCLA denies it, but the professor says they’re lying, and suggests that there are ample grounds for a lawsuit.
Public universities in California are barred from using race as a factor in admitting students, but a UCLA professor who once served on its admissions oversight team says he has proof they do it anyway.
While the first round of admissions consideration is handled fairly, African-American students are nearly three times as likely to make it out of the “maybe” pile than equally-qualified white students, and more than twice as likely as Asians, according to Tim Groseclose, a political science professor at the school and author of a new book titled, “Cheating: An Insider’s Report on the Use of Race in Admissions at UCLA.”
“UCLA is using racial preferences in admissions,” Groseclose, who made his case using data from 2006-2009, told FoxNews.com.
After a first look results in most applications being either accepted or rejected, a handful of senior university staff sift through those marked for further consideration, according to Groseclose. That’s where the alleged bias happens. He found black applicants were accepted at a 43 percent rate in the second round, while whites were accepted at a 15 percent rate and Asians at an 18 percent rate.
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Groseclose believes there is a strong case for a lawsuit to be filed by people who think they were discriminated against, but says UCLA is hardly unique.
“I think this is common – not just the racial preferences, but also the lying,” he said.
I would be shocked if this were not the case. Colleges and universities are absolutely infused with the notion that minorities (who are not Asian) need a leg up, and that campuses benefit when minorities (who are not Asian) are admitted at higher rates. They will tell you after a few drinks that this is because of the historical discrimination faced by minorities (who are not Asian). After a few more drinks, they will tell you that there are just too damn many whites and Asians at their schools.
Yes, this is illegal. And yes, they do it. I’m telling you: they’re proud of it. They’re proud to be violating the law.
P.S. I started to say: “I hope Groseclose is tenured.” But never mind. Fox News says: “He has since decided to leave for a job at George Mason University in Virginia, beginning this summer.” Unfortunate for UCLA, but probably good for him. He will not be popular at UCLA.