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Academic Questions

, Volume 31, Issue 4, pp 432–439 | Cite as

Low-Skilled Immigration and the Balkanized Campus

  • Jason Richwine
UNORTHODOX IDEAS

In June of 2018, a lawsuit filed against Harvard University led to the disclosure of an internal report that the school had commissioned. The report revealed the extensive use of race as a factor in undergraduate admissions. Specifically, if Harvard were to select only for academic ability, Hispanics would be just two percent of the freshman class, and blacks would be one percent. After allowing for non-academic factors—legacy, athletic, extracurricular, and a cryptic “personal” factor—Hispanics would still be just four percent, and blacks two percent, of the incoming class. Yet the actual class ended up being nine percent Hispanic and ten percent black.1

To conform to the federal law first articulated in the Supreme Court’s convoluted Bakkecase, universities often portray race as merely one factor among many, with no accompanying quotas or balancing goals. But Harvard’s internal numbers, in conjunction with similar disclosures at other schools facing lawsuits over the years, suggest...

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  • Jason Richwine
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