View Full Version : For Asian Americans, a changing landscape on college admissions

07-24-2017, 02:48 PM
n a windowless classroom at an Arcadia tutoring center, parents crammed into child-sized desks and dug through their pockets and purses for pens as Ann Lee launches a PowerPoint presentation.

Her primer on college admissions begins with the basics: application deadlines, the relative virtues of the SAT versus the ACT and how many Advanced Placement tests to take.

Then she eases into a potentially incendiary topic — one that many counselors like her have learned they cannot avoid.

“Let's talk about Asians,” she says.

Lee's next slide shows three columns of numbers from a Princeton University study that tried to measure how race and ethnicity affect admissions by using SAT scores as a benchmark. It uses the term “bonus” to describe how many extra SAT points an applicant's race is worth. She points to the first column.

African Americans received a “bonus” of 230 points, Lee says.

She points to the second column.

“Hispanics received a bonus of 185 points.”

The last column draws gasps.

Asian Americans, Lee says, are penalized by 50 points — in other words, they had to do that much better to win admission


07-24-2017, 03:37 PM
This article is 2 years old, and is not news in that sense. That also means, though, that this kind of discrimination has been going on for a very long time. Asians - East Asians and South Asians - are conditionally PC: they're PC if whites are being bashed; they're un-PC when it comes to admissions and academic matters.

My opinion is that college admissions decisions should be blind, to the degree possible. IOW, the admitting college should learn the race, gender, religion, and political views of its incoming students no earlier than the day they walk on campus for classes and housing.