Want to Be a Doctor? A Scientist? An Engineer? An Affirmative Action Leg Up May Hurt Your Chances

8 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2018  

Gail L. Heriot

University of San Diego School of Law

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

The assumption behind the fierce competition for admission to elite colleges and universities is clear: The more elite the school one attends, the brighter one’s future. That assumption, however, may well be flawed. The research examined recently by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights provides strong reason to believe that attending the most competitive school is not always best — at least for students who aspire to a degree in science or engineering.

Keywords: affirmative action, race, STEM, higher education, race-preferential admissions, race discrimination, science, engineering, medical school, mismatch, college major choice, diversity

JEL Classification: A00, A10, K10

Suggested Citation

Heriot, Gail L., Want to Be a Doctor? A Scientist? An Engineer? An Affirmative Action Leg Up May Hurt Your Chances (2010). Engage, 2010; San Diego Legal Studies Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3112683 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3112683

Gail L. Heriot (Contact Author)

University of San Diego School of Law ( email )

5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
United States

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