“The university admits minorities who otherwise would have attended less selective colleges where they would have been more evenly matched. But, as a result of the mismatching, many blacks and Hispanics who likely would have excelled at less elite schools are placed in a position where under-performance is all but inevitable because they are less academically prepared than the white and Asian students with whom they must compete. Setting aside the damage wreaked upon the self-confidence of these overmatched students, there is no evidence that they learn more at the university than they would have learned at other schools for which they were better prepared. Indeed, they may learn less.”
Justice Clarence Thomas, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin
A further step away from any pretense that higher education is a meritocracy:
Since 2015, College Board has been experimenting with new metrics on its SAT college entrance exam to evaluate students based on 15 nonacademic factors, including school and neighborhoods’ crime, income, and single-parent statistics, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
The 15 factors do not include race, College Board told WSJ, but all of these socioeconomic factors heavily overlap with race, and racial differences were the driving reason for making these SAT alterations. At Florida State University, using this dashboard boosted nonwhite enrollment 5 percent in the past year, said campus administrator John Barnhill.
He told WSJ “he expects pushback from parents whose children go to well-to-do high schools as well as guidance counselors there. ‘If I am going to make room for more of the [poor and minority] students we want to admit and I have a finite number of spaces, then someone has to suffer and that will be privileged kids on the bubble.’”
Go here to read the rest. Of course all this flapdoodle is to allow colleges to take race into account, while piously claiming that race is not a factor, to get more blacks and hispanics into schools their grades would prevent them from entering. Who takes it in the neck? Poor and middle class whites and Asians. Blacks and hispanics who fail to graduate because they are at colleges they are academically unprepared to attend. Upper class whites and Asians, by hook and crook, as the admissions for moola prosecutions demonstrate, will always make certain that their special snowflakes get into elite schools. Contemporary liberalism is all about virtue signaling while making certain that someone else pays the price.