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UCLA Professor: UCLA Discriminates in Favor of Admitting Blacks

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:15 am

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

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.

9 Responses to “UCLA Professor: UCLA Discriminates in Favor of Admitting Blacks”

  1. Ding.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  2. Didn’t he also do a study that showed how leftist the MFM is?

    JD (2d7b3f)

  3. Like you, I’m sure this is going on, but I don’t think the statistical evidence this professor cites is enough to prove it. It’s just a variation on the statistical argument used to “prove” discrimination against blacks in the first place.

    Start with an assumption that blacks “ought” to qualify for admission at the same rate as whites, show that they are admitted at a far lower rate than whites, and viola, there’s your discrimination. The flaw in that logic is that the average black IQ is a standard deviation below the average white IQ, and about 1.5 standard deviations below the average Asian IQ, and thus one should expect that far fewer blacks qualify for admission than do whites or Asians.

    Now this professor starts with an assumption that all “maybe” cases ought to have the same likelihood of admission. Now he has found that black “maybes” are far more likely to be admitted than white or Asian “maybes”, and thinks he has found evidence of discrimination. But what’s the basis for that assumption? Perhaps black applicants are disproportionately likely to have ambiguous results that require closer scrutiny, whereas white and Asian applicants are more likely to be clear-cut cases, where if a case is not an obvious “yes” it’s probably going to end up as a “no”. In other words, perhaps qualified whites and Asians are almost sure to make it directly into the “yes” pile, while qualified blacks will often have something in their record that puts them in the “maybe” pile. That would result in the statistics the professor claims, without involving discrimination.

    Now I don’t believe this is what’s actually happening, but how do you prove it? I mean, we’ve all known for years that the admission process is corrupt, but nobody’s been able to prove it yet, and I don’t see how this does the trick.

    Milhouse (b95258)

  4. Out of state, 1/64th Cherokee or whatever you prefer, and cash on the barrelhead, you’re in.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  5. Don’t worry, I’m sure that the Attorney General in California will immediately start a major investigation into this rampant lawbreaking.

    A.S. (23bc66)

  6. It’s true, but slippery admissions practices are only the beginning of the problem. Special exemptions from standard General Educational Requirements (like competency in English, or exposure to a range of math and science courses) or blatant grade inflation in Ethnic Studies courses, and so much more, all contribute to the mollycoddling of students thoroughly unprepared for University level work to start with, and kept on campus by an elaborate system of deceits, deceptions, and double standards that if exposed would warrant indictments for fraud.

    And, that’s not the worse part. It’s one thing to cook the system to admit significant numbers of unprepared Affirmative Action students, it’s quite another to deny well prepared applicants admission because they’re White or Asian. It’s also more than wrong to overcharge regularly accepted students for 4 or 5 years to pay for the services necessary to keep special-admit students from facing their shortcomings and leaving campus in droves.

    University education today is more than a disgrace, it’s government sanctioned racial prejudice in action, and it’s a breeding ground for the corruption of knowledge, a fountain of ignorance, a conduit for anti-intellectual propaganda, and a training ground for intolerance.

    ropelight (67ba9f)

  7. University education today is more than a disgrace, it’s government sanctioned racial prejudice in action, and it’s a breeding ground for the corruption of knowledge, a fountain of ignorance, a conduit for anti-intellectual propaganda, and a training ground for intolerance.

    In other words a bootcamp for progressives and a re-education camp for conservatives.

    in_awe (7c859a)

  8. He will not be popular at UCLA.

    Don’t be silly. His effigy will be the most popular thing to bring to bonfires for a decade or more.

    Smock Puppet, "Si tacuisses, philosophus mansisses." (225d0d)

  9. Minorities who are not asian … or jewish … or conservative … or libertarian … or black republicans … or etc…

    ras (977556)

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