Assistant professor of ophthalmology at Tufts University School of Medicine, and writer
There’s ample evidence that Asian-Americans are at a disadvantage in college admissions. This issue has divided Asians and others who debate the relative benefits of diversity versus meritocracy in our society. But if Asians are being held back, it’s not so much because of affirmative action but because of preference for whites.
Physicist, software developer, entrepreneur, writer
Just as their predecessors of the 1920s always denied the existence of “Jewish quotas,” top officials at Harvard, Yale, Princeton and the other Ivy League schools today strongly deny the existence of “Asian quotas.” But there exists powerful statistical evidence to the contrary. Each year, American universities provide their racial enrollment data to the National Center for Education Statistics, ...See More
Journalist, senior editor for ProPublica
Asian-Americans are indeed treated unfairly in admissions, but affirmative action is a convenient scapegoat for those who seek to pit minority groups against each other. A more logical target would be "the preferences of privilege,"
Within its holistic admissions process, and as part of its effort to build a diverse class, Harvard College has demonstrated a strong record of recruiting and admitting Asian American students. For instance, the percentage of admitted Asian American students admitted to Harvard College has increased from 17.6 percent to 21 percent over the past decade.
The university does not admit students in categories. In the admission process, no particular factor is assigned a fixed weight and there is no formula for weighing the various aspects of the application.
We disagree with the allegations made by the Department of Labor [i.e. that Asian applicants were eliminated in the résumé screen and telephone interview phases despite being as qualified as white applicants]. We settled this matter, without any admission of liability, in order to focus on our work
The narrative that underlies the Students for Fair Admissions lawsuit — that Asian Americans need higher SAT scores to get into elite schools — is powerful. But it is also deeply misleading. It feeds the myth that elite universities have required scores for applicants and that meeting these requirements should guarantee acceptance. In reality, in elite admissions, a high SAT score is generally a n...See More