UW-Madison’s Diverstity Problem

Apparently the folks at UW-Madison are up in arms over a perceived threat to the perfect diversity they have created at The People’s Republic.”

Whites and Asians aren’t getting a fair crack at being admitted to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

That’s what two studies released late Monday night by the Center for Equal Opportunity indicate. The organization states in a press release accompanying the studies that there is “severe discrimination based on race and ethnicity in undergraduate and law school admissions” at Wisconsin’s flagship institution of higher education.

The CEO — a conservative think tank based out of Sterling, Va., that pushes “colorblind public policies” and backs the elimination or curtailment of existing racial preference and affirmative action programs — reports that UW-Madison gives “African Americans and Latinos preference over whites and Asians” in admissions. The studies, which initially were embargoed until Tuesday morning, were released late Monday on the CEO website.

Just how far off is it? A bit more than you might think.  I like the odds playing the quarter slots at the casino better.

A CEO press release states the studies outlining discrimination at UW-Madison “are based on data supplied by the schools themselves, some of which the university had refused to turn over until a lawsuit was filed by CEO and successfully taken all the way to the state supreme court.”

The CEO studies found that the “odds ratio favoring African Americans and Hispanics over whites was 576-to-1 and 504-to-1, respectively, using the SAT and class rank while controlling for other factors. Thus, the median composite SAT score for black admittees was 150 points lower than for whites and Asians, and the Latino median SAT score was 100 points lower. Using the ACT, the odds ratios climbed to 1,330-to-1 and 1,494-to-1, respectively, for African Americans and Hispanics over whites.”

The CEO adds that for law school admissions, the “racial discrimination found was also severe, with the weight given to ethnicity much greater than given to, for example, Wisconsin residency. Thus, an out-of-state black applicant with grades and LSAT scores at the median for that group would have had a 7 out 10 chance of admission and an out-of-state Hispanic a 1 out of 3 chance — but an in-state Asian with those grades and scores had a 1 out of 6 chance and an in-state white only a 1 out of 10 chance.”

CEO chairman Linda Chavez said in a news release that “this is the most severe undergraduate admissions discrimination that CEO has ever found in the dozens of studies it has published over the last 15 years.

I’m still trying to understand why UW-Madison would want to hide the statistics on their “diversity.” Usually when someone in Madison is hiding information from the rest of the state it’s for good reason (you cant let those ignorant Wisconsin tax payers know how their money is being spent, those mindless rubes wouldn’t understand). Perhaps this is yet another case of “social justice” run amok that sought to “protect diversity” at whatever the cost.  The irony of “protecting diversity” by systematically discriminating against another race is perpetually lost on these people.  Well, the reaction from the Madison crowd is to be expected when its a conservative organization pointing out the errors of the liberal utopia.

“These organizations have as their mission to systematically dial back the gains from the Civil Rights era,” Damon Williams, UW-Madison’s vice provost for diversity, told a group of student leaders Monday night at the Red Gym in a segment recorded by WKOW.com.

I’m honestly surprised they didn’t find someone to claim that conservatives are “trying to bring back slavery.”  Then again, this story was just published at 1:30 am.  I’m sure they’ll find someone tomorrow.

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