UVa’s Remarkable Black Graduation (AND Non-Graduation) Rate

Every year University of Virginia administrators boast (literally) that UVa has the highest black graduation rate of any public university in the country. What they and no one ever seems to mention is that, in all of these years, blacks fail to graduate from UVa in four or six years at twice the rate of whites and Asians.

Well, almost no one. I have a new essay with some newly released SAT data today on Minding the Campus, “New Data On Black Mismatch And Failure At UVa.”

I’ve also posted on this issue in the past. See: “Drastic Racial Statistics From UVa,” “Graduation Rate Gap: Is The Glass Full, Or Half Empty?” and “The Dark Side Of UVa’s Bright Racial Data.”

Prescient Criticism Of Racial Preferences

Here is your assignment for today: step into a time capsule; transport yourself back to 1969; write a critique of the then-new experiment in affirmative action, using all the knowledge you took with you on your journey of how that experiment has turned out.

If your critique is very, very good, it will look a lot like the criticism (which I discuss here on National Review Online’s Phi Beta Cons) written by a California judge in a letter to the dean of an Ivy League law school. You will also be struck by the similarity of that dean’s vapid and non-responsive reply to the arguments of defenders of racial preferences today.


Bias In Specialty Press Reporting

George Leef points to an impressive essay by Emory English professor Mark Bauerlein on bias in the reporting on education by the specialized, industry-focused press. If you’re interested in media bias — and if you’re not, you should be — let me also suggest that you read (or if you’re an old-timer here, re-read) an […]

Potty Talk

According to a recent study, of the 134 countries listed in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index, 54.5% of them speak gendered languages — languages, like French and Spanish, in which nouns, pronouns, and adjectives have a feminine or masculine gender. (English, in case you’re wondering, is one of a a relatively few […]

Why Wait ‘Till The Last Minute? Criticism Of An Obama Speech Not Yet Given…

[NOTE: This post has been cross-posted on National Review Online’s Phi Beta Cons] [NOTE 2: This post has been UPDATED. See below.] [NOTE 3: This post has been CORRECTED] As an undergraduate at Stanford in the 1960s I was privileged to take a small class with then-visiting Sociology professor St. Clair Drake, co-author of the […]

Thank Goodness For Experts

Referring to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control, the Associated Press reports: The teen birth rate has been falling since 1991, which experts attribute to more teens using birth control and more waiting until they are older to have sex.

The New York Times And (Some? Many?) Colleges: Scofflaws Or Dunces?

The Washington Post reported Friday that in a presentation to a gathering of his paper’s business and news managers, New York Times Chief Executive Mark Thompson identified three areas toward which diversity efforts must be channeled: recruitment, hiring and promotion. Supervisors who fail to meet upper management’s requirements in recruiting and hiring minority candidates or who fail to seek out minority […]

Sanders, Keynes, And Israel

Contra My “Contra Obama, Hillary Did Not ‘Own’ Her Email”

“Mirror, Mirror On The Wall, Who’s The Most Diverse Of Them All?”

Biden: There He Goes Again

Contra Obama, Hillary Did Not “Own” Her Email

Is The Glut Of Liberals In Academia Benign?

Does “Diversity” Work?

Is Claude Steele A Victim Of “Stereotype Threat”?

The “Biden Rule” Is Really The Byrd Rule

Polyannas On The Right