A coalition of Asian-American organizations have urged the Department of Education to research several Ivy League schools, including?Brown University, Dartmouth College, and Yale University, for discriminating against Asian-American students during the admission process.
Over the final twenty years, the populace of Asian-American college students has doubled, and the number of highly qualified Asian-American applicants has grown dramatically. The proportion of Asian-American students accepted into Ivy League schools, however, has flatlined. These statistics are documented?by Rob Wile of the website Fusion.
The group, Asian-American Coalition for Education (AACE), alleges that particular elite institutions use racially differentiated quotas and caps that hinder Asian-American applicants. “If this sounds like merit-based, we should eliminate racial quotas,” says Yukong Zhao, ACCE President. “America is a country with indispensable principles like democracy and equal opportunity. Asian Americans happen to be attracted to this land primarily on these principles. Violating these principles undermines it.”
Douglas Belkin from the Wall Street?Journal reports that many of the accused schools have dismissed the claims. Every spring, the training Department receives complaints with respect to Asian-American applicants, however it has never discovered that schools are deliberately discriminating against members of this ethnic group. This past year, the Department dismissed an identical complaint against Harvard University.
The accusations, according to Benjamin Snyder of Fortune, also criticize Ivy League admissions committee for viewing Asian-Americans as a monolithic block rather than as individuals as well as for assuming that they lack the creativity, critical thinking capacities, and leadership skills associated with high-achieving white students. The audience said that whether it cannot achieve law suit against the Ivy League, it will generate enough social pressure to make it to alter. Interestingly, after students filed a similar complaint against Princeton in 2006, the university\’s admission rate of Asian-Americans increased from 14.7% to 25.4%.
Support for that AACE\’s petition is not unanimous among Asian-American groups. A group called Asian Americans Advancing Justice released?a counter statement stating that it fully supports Affirmative Action in advanced schooling, but also noted the brilliant competition among Asian-American students.
An independent report discovered that, on average, Asian-Americans must have SATs scores 140 points on greater than white students, 270 points greater than Hispanic students, and 450 points greater than African-American students to equal their likelihood of gaining admission to Harvard. The power of so many high-achieving Asian-Americans diminishes the chances of their admission. \”It\’s more difficult for Asians to achieve success because they\’re competing against a pool that\’s quite saturated,\” said Nat Smitobol, a counselor at New York-based college admissions service IvyWise.
To resolve this dilemma? Some analysts have suggested that Asian-American applicants leave their ethnicity box on their own application unchecked to avert being compared with other Asian-American applicants. Others have encouraged Asian-Americans to apply to humanities programs, which have much lower concentrations of Asian-Americans than STEM fields. These steps may potentially level the arena, especially since legal action from the Department of Education is unlikely?to happen.