Easy in, easy out
Racial preferences — overt or disguised as credit for overcoming adversity — are creating an academic sham, writes John Perazzo in FrontPage Magazine. Blacks with below-average test scores get into colleges, but can’t compete. Often they fail to graduate.
In the University of Washington’s (UW) 1995 freshman class, the raw admission rate for blacks was 96.6 percent, as compared to 78.5 percent for Asians and 74.4 percent for whites. These figures were in the precisely inverse order of the students’ actual academic qualifications. For instance, black freshmen had scored 80 points lower than whites on the verbal SAT exam, and 140 points lower on the math SAT. . . . the percentage of 1995 freshman who eventually graduated within six years was 70 percent for whites, 65 percent for Asians, and a mere 29 percent for blacks.
. . . In the 1995 freshman class at the University of California at Irvine, the 75th percentile math SAT scores of blacks admitted were a remarkable 20 points lower than the corresponding scores of whites in the 25th percentile. UC Irvine actually rejected 1,516 Asians and 546 whites whose math SAT scores were higher than the median score for black enrollees, as well as 879 Asians and 637 whites whose verbal SAT scores were better than the black enrollee median. Not surprisingly, the graduation rate for that cohort of blacks was about 47 percent, as opposed to 68 percent for whites and 73 percent for Asians.
Under University of Michigan’s point system, the median SAT score at the Ann Arbor campus was 1250 for whites, 1020 for blacks. The six-year graduation rate was 87 percent for whites, 66 percent for blacks.
No doubt some of the blacks who didn’t make it would have succeeded at less prestigious, less competitive campuses that attract less prepared students. It’s awfully hard to start out so far behind.
Via Number 2 Pencil, who’s winging her way to a psychometricians’ confab at a luxury resort in Sardinia.