opinion Prabhudev Konana Opinion contributor Published 3:15 AM EDT Nov 2, 2018 Universities preach ethics. It is time they practice what they preach. In most elite universities, Asian-Americans make up a far higher percentage of students than is reflected in the overall population. Yet that percentage could be higher. This point is illustrated by a recent investigation of Yale as well as a lawsuit targeting Harvard that is wrapping up this week. In both cases, discrimination is alleged against highly qualified Asian-American students as institutions seek to “balance” their admissions. Unfortunately, this problem is only going to get worse because elite institutions are playing a zero-sum game. According to the Census Bureau, the Asian-American population went up from 10.2 million in 2000 to 18.2 million in 2017, a 78 percent increase. Total college enrollment of Asian-Americans over roughly the same period rose just 33 percent, from 978,200 in 2000 to more than 1.3 million in 2016. In the larger picture, applicants to Harvard College have nearly doubled during this time, but total admissions have remained steady. Likewise, at Stanford University, the number of those admitted has declined slightly even as the number of applicants has doubled since 2008. As the number of students from all races and ethnic groups continues to increase, the competition… Read full this story
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