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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Affirmative Action Statistics from the University of Michigan

National Review Online has an article by Roger Clegg on the University of Michigan's affirmative action policies. I submit that most Michiganders would be outraged (as I am) by seeing the incredible inequality that results from Michigan's policies. Here's a sample of Clegg's article which discusses Michigan's undergraduate admissions policies:

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It is noteworthy that race and ethnicity are apparently more heavily weighted in undergraduate admissions now than in the system declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2003.

In the most recent year for which data were available (2005), the median black admittee's SAT score was 1160, versus 1260 for Hispanics, 1350 for whites, and 1400 for Asians. High-school GPAs were 3.4 for the median black, 3.6 for Hispanics, 3.8 for Asians, and 3.9 for whites.

In the four years analyzed, UM rejected over 8,000 Hispanics, Asians, and whites who had higher SAT or ACT scores and GPAs than the median black admittee -- including nearly 2700 students in 2005 alone.

The black-to-white odds ratio for 2005 was 70 to 1 among students taking the SAT, and 63 to 1 for students taking the ACT. (To put this in perspective, the odds ratio for nonsmokers versus smokers dying from lung cancer is only 14 to 1.)

In terms of probability of admissions in 2005, black and Hispanic students with a 1240 SAT and a 3.2 high school GPA, for instance, had a 9 out of 10 chance of admissions, while whites and Asians in this group had only a 1 out of 10 chance.

These disparities are reflected in subsequent academic performance at the University of Michigan, where blacks and Hispanics earn lower grades, and are less likely to be in the honors program and more likely to be on academic probation than whites and Asians.

[Emphasis added.]

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For Clegg's discussion of law school and medical school admissions policies, see Clegg's article here.

For those Michigan voters that want to do something to eliminate these types of practices, vote Yes on Proposal 2.

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