UCLA Cheating On Admission Standards: In Violation Of Proposition 209

No, this has nothing to do with Coach Rick Neuheisel starting another high-stakes gambling pool.  But, that is a good guess.

This involves a violation of California’s Proposition 209, which prohibits the state from discriminating,

against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.

Professor Timothy Groseclose is a professor of political science at UCLA, and was previously a member of the committee that handled undergraduate admissions.  That is, until he resigned “in protest, from the committee,” and issued his report on the illegal admission standards being used by UCLA.

The reason behind Professor Groseclose’s resignation:

There is considerable evidence that high-ranking administration and a controlling block of my committee are engaged in a cover-up – they are preventing me and others from obtaining these data [admissions data] so that the above malfeasance will not be discovered.

While UCLA does not have race on its admissions form, the essay portion allows “all readers to learn the race of applicants who report their race on personal essays.

One can only imagine how these personal essays read,

I want to go to UCLA because I am African-American, and my dream as an African-American has always been to attend UCLA.

Nice job UCLA.  Not only do you have the obvious problem with a capital “U” and lower case “cla” in your logo – learn how acronyms are formed – but now you feel free to flout the will of the people of California.

yojoe Fight On!

HT: Freakonomics

5 Responses

  1. […] News » News UCLA Cheating On Admission Standards: In Violation Of Proposition 2092008-08-29 18:20:11Is the state from discriminating, … This involves a good guess. This involves a […]

  2. Well, the Calif. Supreme Court finds that flouting the will of the people of Calif. works for them. Why not the UCLA admissions board ?

  3. I think that admissions to public universities should be race and sex blind. Strictly merit-based.

  4. George – You could not be more correct.

  5. Now that we’ve made “Higher Education” the “New Religion” in California we need to become accustomed to them telling us what we should think.

    Yeah – think about that.

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