The likelihood of attending Harvard has declined at the same rate for Asian Americans as it has for all other students
There is no strong evidence of bias against Asian American applicants by highly selective colleges seeking to racially balance the student body, Georgetown University researchers say.
Students for Fair Admissions, which argues that Asian American students face discriminatory admissions policies at elite institutions, has sued Harvard University, the University of North Carolina, the University of Texas at Austin and Yale University in recent years.
Acceptance rates at highly selective colleges are indeed lower for Asian Americans compared to other racial and ethnic groups. But that’s likely because Asian American students are also much more likely to apply—even with lower SAT scores, according to “Asian Americans, Test Scores, and Holistic Admissions” by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
Ultimately, the data do not support claims that selective colleges manipulate the number of Asian Americans admitted to achieve a predetermined racial mix on campus, said Anthony P. Carnevale, the Center’s director and lead author of the study.
“If we used test-based merit as the singular admissions requirement, the gain for Asian American applicants would be marginal,” Carnevale said. “But on the flip side, 21% of Asian American applicants who were previously admitted would no longer qualify.”
The likelihood of attending Harvard, for instance, has declined at the same rate for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders as it has for students of all other racial and ethnic groups, according to data from 2000 to 2018.
And because Harvard’s enrollment has been relatively stable, Asian American and Pacific Islanders’ chances of attending should have dropped more quickly if they were being disproportionately excluded, the report found.
As for the SAT, 12% of Asian American students who scored below 1300 “took a chance” by applying to a highly selective college while only 5% of non–Asian American students took the same leap, the report said.
Here are some of the report’s other key findings:
#Asian #American #applicants #lose #diversity #push #elite #colleges