A 'Dubious Expediency': How Race-Preferential Admissions Policies on Campus Hurt Minority Students

83 Pages Posted: 10 May 2022

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Gail L. Heriot

University of San Diego School of Law

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Date Written: May 9, 2022

Abstract

Mounting empirical research shows that race-preferential admissions policies are doing more harm than good. Instead of increasing the numbers of African Americans entering high-status careers, these policies reduce those numbers relative to what we would have had if colleges and universities had followed race-neutral policies. We have fewer African-American scientists, physicians, and engineers and likely fewer lawyers and college professors. If, as the evidence indicates, the effects of race-preferential admissions policies are exactly the opposite of what was originally intended, it is difficult to understand why anyone would wish to support them.

Keywords: affirmative action, mismatch

Suggested Citation

Heriot, Gail L., A 'Dubious Expediency': How Race-Preferential Admissions Policies on Campus Hurt Minority Students (May 9, 2022). San Diego Legal Studies Paper, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4104584 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4104584

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