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Dec 2, 2020 1 min read

The Case Against Affirmative Action

The Case Against Affirmative Action

The Mismatch Effect

When a student's credentials put them at the bottom of the class because they were not accepted by merit, it should come as no surprise when they switch to an easier major, drop out, or fail out.

Sources: Stuart Taylor, Western Journal


The Stats

  • Black students were are mismatched (admitted to schools where they would not be considered had the school adopted a race-blind policy) are more than 2x as likely to be found in the bottom 20% of the school as white students.
  • More than 50% of black American law students (many of whom admitted through Affirmative Action) were in the bottom 10% of their class.
  • The dropout rate among black American students was more than 2x that of their white peers in universities as a whole.

Sources: Stuart Taylor, Western Journal


How To Fix It?

Students should apply to universities where their credentials are matched with fellow students.

They'll end up at institutions where they are more likely to graduate and in the field of study, they wanted to pursue.

If we want to fix education before university, school choice allows for better education and more-properly allocated funding, for students of every color.

Sources: Stuart Taylor, Western Journal


Has It Worked?

Race-blind admissions went into effect in California in 1996. At UC-Riverside, black Americans and Hispanic American admissions increased by 42% and 31% respectively.

Failure rates collapsed and grades improved.

Under merit-based admissions, grades were higher and dropouts were lower. Between 1997 and 2003, 50% more black Americans and hispanic Americans graduated with a degree in a STEM field.

At UC-San Diego, 20% of black Americans now made honor roll and failure rates for black Americans and Indian Americans dropped 6%.

Sources: The Heritage Foundation

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